Forensic analysis has come a long way. Thanks to technological advancements, law enforcers and medical professionals can have greater insight as to what actually happened after death. This allows investigators to track down criminals more effectively and solve crimes that are otherwise difficult without accurate forensics.
The following are several reasons why forensic technicians play a huge role in the justice system and how innovative thinkers helped elevate crime scene investigation to a new level.
Fingerprints paved the way for advanced forensic science
For centuries, fingerprints have been used in helping solve thousands of criminal cases. Fingerprints are one of the oldest methods of criminal identification which dates back to the 1800’s where the technology was first developed. The United States FBI uses what they call an ‘Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System’ which is what they use to identify fingerprints and help law enforcers solve complex cases across the world.
A person’s fingerprints does not change over time. It’s uniqueness and persistence paved the way for advanced forensic science which remains an effective solution for identifying criminals.
Innovative techniques were introduced
As technology continues to influence forensic science, the process of criminal investigation became more efficient and accurate. During the late 90’s, technicians developed a testing method where they carefully analyse bodily fluids to track down potential suspects. This method was backed up by the classification of blood types thanks to award-winning Australian biologist Karl Landsteiner.
As innovative techniques were introduced, forensic technicians were able to better piece the puzzle in solving crimes. DNA testing was introduced in the mid-80’s and became an integral part of investigative procedures. It became the most accurate way of examining physical evidence left behind at a crime scene.
Forensic scientists took a closer look at organic matter such as blood, skin, and bones to gather genetic data and identify possible suspects involved in the crime. At the time, court officials and juries were doubtful of DNA testing as a means of solving crimes. But with the way the technology influenced cases like the OJ Simpson trial back in 1995, they were convinced of how effective it is at facilitating crime scene investigations.
Professional biohazard cleaners have popped up
During the early 90’s, biohazard cleaning companies started popping up and offered remedial cleaning services to the general public. People recognized the need for cleaning up after crime scenes in a safe and ethical manner. There are certain risks associated with trauma cleaning and it requires skilled technicians to clean up pools of blood properly.
It’s not just important that the crime scene area looks clean, but it should also be free of harmful pathogens as well. Crime scene cleaning technicians are trained on how to safely handle biohazardous material and how to achieve a high standard of clean. This is very important to ensure the safety of those who are around the crime scene to prevent the contamination of unwanted diseases.
The impact of forensic technicians cannot be understated. They are responsible for figuring out some of the most complex criminal cases by paying attention to even the smallest of details. They do the little things right when it matters most and that is why they’re a huge part of the justice system.