From Crime Scene to Laboratory

James ROBERTSON, Claude Roux

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This chapter starts by considering the crime scene from the perspective of a trace examiner. It provides a broad forensic context for forensic fibre examinations, starting at the crime scene and working through to protocols and procedures for the laboratory examination of fibres. Crime scene examination is a specialist role requiring specific training and competencies. What most laboratory forensic scientists would not share is specific training in the practical aspects of crime scene examination. Crime scene examination is a specialist role requiring specific training and competencies. Unless a laboratory forensic scientist has received such detailed training they should not purport to be crime scene examiners (CSE). Hence, in an ideal world the trace examiner would be part of a team in which the various specialists would understand their roles and usually work under the direction of the CSE with overall responsibility for the forensic management of the scene.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Examination of Fibres
EditorsJames Robertson, Claude Roux, Kenneth Wiggins
Place of PublicationBoca Raton FL USA
PublisherCRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages46
ISBN (Electronic)9781351643214
ISBN (Print)9781439828649
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Forensic Science and Investigation Series
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group

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    ROBERTSON, J., & Roux, C. (2018). From Crime Scene to Laboratory. In J. Robertson, C. Roux, & K. Wiggins (Eds.), Forensic Examination of Fibres (3 ed., pp. 99-144). (International Forensic Science and Investigation Series). CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.