In Week 3, you will be provided with 2 topics

In Week 3, you will be provided with 2 topics involving crime scene processing and forensic laboratory science and technology. You will have 2 assignments (a Discussion Board and a white paper Individual Project).

Like in a criminal justice professional conference seminar, you will pick the conferences that you wish to attend. You will select 1 of the 4 topics for your Discussion Board. Please read the instructions for the Discussion Board assignments carefully because they are different from your other classes that you have had Discussion boards in.

Selecting 1 of the 4 topics, you will be required to submit a 300-word minimum main topic posting. Please add your references to the main topic posting (required). You are encouraged to do research on the topic for other sources. You will be responding to a minimum of 3 classmates for this assignment. Each classmate’s response should be a minimum of 100 words. Your option is to respond to postings that concern your main topic selection, or you may respond to postings from classmates that have to do with 1 of the other 3 topics.

The topics come from the reading assignments for this week all located in the AIU Online Library.

Topic 1: A Procedure for Introducing a Three- Dimensional Crime Scene Scanner into a Crime Scene Workflow

Pope, Lisa M. Journal of Forensic Identification; Alameda Vol. 67, Iss. 2, (Apr/Jun 2017): 173-175.

Topic 2: Detecting Latent Prints on Stone and Other Difficult Porous Surfaces via Indanedione/Zinc Chloride and Laser

LIU, Shiquan; MI, Zhongliang; Wu, Jian; Dalrymple, Brian. Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine; Mumbai Vol. 2, Iss. 4, (Oct-Dec 2016). DOI:10.4103/2349-5014.197933

Topic 3: DNA database offers best tool to solve crimes

Star Press; Muncie, Ind. [Muncie, Ind]05 Feb 2017: D.3.

Topic 4: DNA can solve crimes and reveal your ancestry but beware of others who want in: DNA technology has been lauded for helping to solve crime, but its increasing use by ancestry websites and others is fueling a discussion on ways to keep it out of unwanted hands.

Sutton, Malcolm. ABC Premium News; Sydney [Sydney] 06 June 2018.

Discuss the following:

  • Why is it important to understand that technology should not be depended upon without a review and confirmation of a forensic examiner who is an expert in that field? 
  • Why should other processing methods be used along with technology like DNA that is considered to be conclusive? 
  • Why is continuous training and membership in professional forensic organizations necessary?
 

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