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Is crime scene examination science, and does it matter anyway?

Authors
  • Harrison, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Science & justice : journal of the Forensic Science Society
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
46
Issue
2
Pages
65–68
Identifiers
PMID: 17002208
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This short piece aims to assess the kind of data collected by Crime Scene Examiners (CSEs), and to discuss whether this collection constitutes a scientific process. It also seeks to examine the balance of roles performed by the CSE, between data gatherer and investigator. The piece also aims to conclude on whether a clearer understanding of the structure of data collected by CSEs might be of some practical use in developing a greater understanding of the architecture of knowledge that forensic science as a whole relies upon. As a piece of work it is unapologetically theoretical in its perspective, and seeks to prompt further discussion regarding the structure of scientific knowledge, and any relevance this might have to its application in a forensic context. Ultimately, it seeks the inclusion of the processes of data gathering performed largely by CSEs within the wider processes of forensic science.

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