A new reference book and student workbook on Crime Scene Investigation: Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis written by Simon Shawcross of Sci-High are now available. They are particularly relevant to BTEC Level 3 programmes of study in forensic science.
The reference book is a wide-ranging and authentic introductory text book on forensic science designed for school and college forensic science programmes for students between the ages of 14 and 18. Based around a crime scene scenario and presented mainly in tabular and list formats for easy accessibility, it has direct relevance to Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis and Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice topics in UK BTEC programmes and will be relevant to other formal and informal courses of study also. It will also be of interest to general readers with an interest in forensics. Professional crime scene procedure is considered in detail including equipment, risk assessment, protocols, recovery techniques, contamination avoidance, record keeping and packaging. A wide range of laboratory-based evidence analysis is covered including fingerprints, blood patterns, DNA, footwear marks, digital media, fibres, hairs, drugs, toxicology, documents, firearms, entomology and the use of instrumentation. Examples of case-notes are provided. The professional responsibilities of forensic scientists are described along with principles of evidence interpretation and the use of databases. An example of a forensic written statement is included. Author Simon Shawcross has more than 30 years experience as a professional forensic scientist and forensic science teacher.
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A workbook designed for the use of school and college students age 14 to 18 undertaking introductory forensic science programmes including BTEC Level 3. Based a round a case scenario of a burglary, the workbook structure demonstrates to students the detailed subject areas requiring study and research. It is not a text book. It contains many tables, exercises and answer-selection questions for students to complete as a means of developing comprehensive and authentic forensic science assignments. Crime scene examination is covered in depth, together with a wide range of evidence analysis topics. Comparison exercises for fingerprints, blood patterns, DNA profiles, shoe marks, fibres and hairs are included. Evidence interpretation is considered along with the professional responsibilities of forensic scientists. A framework for a forensic written statement is provided.