The significance and influence of forensic science (or forensics) in the criminal justice system cannot be understated. Using science and technology, forensics allows for the effective collection, preservation, and analysis of criminal evidence throughout the course of an investigation. This, in turn, aids in crime resolution and prevention. As forensics is quite broad, anyone wishing to build a career in this field needs to develop a wide range of practical skills in order to keep up with the demands and changes of the discipline and meet the challenges associated with crime identification, prevention, and resolution.
This course will provide an introduction to the discipline of forensics and offer guidance on the development of practical skills necessary to succeed in this field. It will give insights into contemporary forensic science, including its purposes, procedures, value, and role in the criminal justice system. The course will also provide expert information and advice on specific forensic principles, skills, and techniques, including crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, DNA profiling, toxicology and drug identification, and analysis and presentation of evidence to name a few.
The primary objectives of the forensic skills certification course are to: (a) help you examine the forensic science practice and understand its procedures, purposes, and significance in the criminal justice system; (b) present to you the nature and scope of forensic science; (c) give you insights into specific forensic techniques such as crime scene investigation, examination of evidences, fingerprinting, DNA profiling, etc.; and (d) inform you about the wide range of practical skills needed in this discipline and equip you with the knowledge and tools to develop them.