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  1. The CSI Team and Crime Labs

  2. Vocabulary • CSI-crime scene investigators • Integral-an essential characteristic

  3. IntroductionCSI Team and Crime Labs • legal and scientific experts • Work together • process a crime scene and evaluate the evidence • CSI team is divided into two units • Field investigative unit • Crime lab scientists

  4. Fig1-9 Responsibilities of the crime-scene investigation team CSI Team Units

  5. CSI Teamwork • Police usually the 1st to arrive • Secure the scene and provide first aid to anyone who needs it • CSI record details about the crime scene and collect physical evidence

  6. Teamwork Con’t • CSI may include: • Photographers • Sketch artists • Evidence collectors And when needed: • Medical examiners • District attorneys • Entomologists • Odontologists • Pathologists • Anthropologists

  7. Teamwork Con’t • Evidence collected at the scene is sent to the crime lab for analysis • Forensic scientists specialize in fields such as: • Chemistry • Biology • Toxicology • Pathology • Firearms

  8. Teamwork Con’t • Forensic Scientists remain neutral • Do not form a hypothesis or draw a conclusion • Information gathered from chemical and physical test can be used to establish a timeline of events • Poor communication could lead to critical mistakes • Evidence not collected properly  Forensic scientists my not make correct analysis 

  9. Overall view • The crime-scene investigation team must work together in order to properly gather and analysis evidence • Proper training is essential for experts in the field as well as in the lab to reduce the risk of errors

  10. Book Resource • Forensic Science Advanced Investigations by Rhonda M. Brown and Jackie S. Davenport