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GHS Forensics 1


The original location of a crime or accident Primary Crime Scene
An alternate location where additional evidence of a crime may be found Secondary Crime Scene
Person thought to be capable of committing a crime Suspect
Any evidence found at a crime scene in the form of a physical object. Physical Evidence
Evidence that includes eyewitness accounts of an accident or crime scene Testimonial
Statement of where a suspect was at the time of the crime Alibi
Physical evidence that is found at a crime scene in small but measurable amounts. Trace Evidence
A second person associated with committing a crime Acccomplice
Type of evidence found in blood, body fluid, and tissues that contains genetic information and can be used to link a suspect to a crime DNA
Combined DNA Index System used by law enforcement agencies to compare DNA samples to known suspects CODIS
Intentionally setting a fire to cause damage or destroy evidence of another crime Arson
Can be classified as arches, loops, or whorls Fingerprints
Interviews witnesses and works with the CSI unit to investigate the crime. Detectives
Documents the crime scene in detail and collects any physical evidence. CSI UNIT
Usually the first to arrive at a crime scene; responsible for securing the scene and detaining persons of interest Police Officers
Helps to determine if any search warrants are required to proceed and obtains those warrants from a judge. District Attorney
Determines the preliminary cause of death at the crime scene and conducts the autopsy. Medical Examiner
May be called in if an expert is needed to analyze insect evidence or skeletal remains Specialists
A phenomenon in which people are better at recognizing faces of their own race rather than those of other races? Cross Race Effect
The single greatest cause of wrongful convictions nationwide, playing a role in more than 75% of convictions overturned through DNA testing. Eyewitness Misidentification
A factor that will not typically affect a person’s memory and their ability to identify a suspect. Gender
A factor that will not typically affect a person’s memory and their ability to identify a suspect. sunglasses or hats
CSI step when investigating a crime scene that involves seeing the first officer at the scene or the victim to determine what allegedly happened, what crime took place, and how was the crime committed. Interview
CSI step when investigating a crime scene that will help identify possible evidence, identify the point of entry and point of exit, and outline the general layout of the crime scene. Examine
CSI step when investigating a crime scene that involves creating a pictorial record of the scene as well as a rough sketch to demonstrate the layout of the crime scene. Document
CSI step when investigating a crime scene that involves a crime scene technician will review the crime scene for evidence, both physical and testimonial evidence. Process
Determines the presence of controlled substances and the identification of marijuana Drug Chemistry
Identification and comparison of materials from fires, explosions, paints, and glass. Trace Chemistry
Microscopic identification and comparison of evidence, such as hairs, fibers, woods, soils, building materials, insulation and other materials Microscopy Lab
Analysis of body fluids and dried stains such as blood, semen, and saliva. Biology/DNA
Tests body fluids and tissues to determine the presence of drugs and poisons. Toxicology
Identification and comparison of fingerprints or other hidden impressions from sources like feet, shoes, ears, lips or the tread on vehicle tires Latent Prints
Study of bullets and ammunition through the comparison of fired bullets, cartridges, guns, and gunpowder patterns on people and objects. Ballistics
Examines marks left by devices on objects at a crime scene or on a victim, such as a hammer used to break a door or a screwdriver used to pick a lock Toolmarks
Examination of items to compare handwriting, ink, paper, writing instruments, printers, and other characteristics that would help to identify its origin. Questioned documents
Created by: rseneta