Forensic investigation in the UK

Authored by: Robert Green

Handbook of Criminal Investigation

Print publication date:  May  2007
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9781843921882
eBook ISBN: 9780203118177
Adobe ISBN: 9781136308246


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The main aim of this chapter is to consider what is known about the ways in which forensic science support assists the investigation of volume crime – in particular, the investigation of burglary and vehicle crime – in the 43 police forces of England and Wales. In its course the chapter asks and answers a series of basic questions about the quantity and quality of this assistance. These questions include the following:

How are scientific support units (SSUs) resourced?

What proportion of crime scenes are attended and forensically examined?

What level of forensic material can we expect to recover from crime scenes?

What are the matching efficiencies of the different types of evidence?

What investigative output should be derivable from these?

And what are the factors critical to achieving an effective and efficient level of forensic support?

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