There are no COVID-specific protocols for forensic officers collecting evidence from crime scenes. New recommendations suggest how teams and their equipment can be reorganised to minimise the risk.
As a forensic scientist who has worked at thousands of homicide, sexual assault and serious crime scenes, I can tell you the process is not as straightforward as depicted on popular true crime shows.
New research shows fibres can transfer between people without any contact.
Research into contextual bias needs to be more rigorous so recommendations can be made about its effect on forensic analysis.
Bereaved families strive to comprehend that there is nothing they could have done to prevent the death of their loved one. Viewing the crime-and-accident scene images can offer a path to healing.
Fingerprinting is a valuable police tool for tracking down suspects, but it’s not perfect. However, we can reduce the risk of any mistaken identity if we work within the limits of fingerprinting.
Blood-detection dogs work paw in hand with scientists and Australia’s police to solve crimes and missing persons cases.
Using terrestrial forensic science to point the finger of blame to criminals in space will be much harder than it looks.
It could even help crack long-forgotten cold cases.