THE FORENSIC SCIENCE EDUCATION BLOG

The blog provides specific information to help you decide if forensic science is the right choice for you. With the inside scoop on forensic science professors, schools and training programs, as well as detailed information on the steps and requirements to become a forensics professional, the Forensic EDU blog is a fine place to begin your research.

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A forensic counselor’s decisions can drastically alter the course of someone’s life and that’s one of the reasons why rigorous academic and licensure requirements are in place for this profession.

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In the wake of the Silk Road case, the need for modern forensics investigators has only grown and so has the complexity of their task. This isn’t just a fight against an increasingly adept criminal class, but also one to master the modes and methods of the bleeding edge of technology.

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As degree programs become more accessible, prospective students are asking: “How can I evaluate the quality of an educational program or institution?” The answer lies within accreditation. The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) is an international association dedicated to professional and scholarly activities and the leading accreditation organization for criminal justice education programs.

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In the past, the mantra of many white-collar crime investigators was to follow the money. That mantra still holds true. But in this new world of cybercrime, today’s forensic professionals understand that it’s often more important, and more effective, to follow the data.

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Forensic science technicians have a regular presence at crime scenes, aiding in the process of criminal investigations under a crime scene leader or field supervisor. The role involves helping to collect, document and analyze evidence and submitting it to the crime laboratory.

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Fraud investigation is the research of intentional criminal deception and involves civil and criminal methods of examination. Professional fraud investigators have a variety of job responsibilities in corporate or government-based institutions.

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Forensic biochemistry has various applications, including tracing the origin of a particular substance, determining paternity and relatedness, and even tracking the spread of diseases.

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If two corporate executives know that their company is about to be acquired—but the public does not know yet—those executives would be guilty of insider trading if they made trades based on their private knowledge.

Editor

Barry Franklin

Barry is Managing Editor of ForensicsColleges.com, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures Partners LLC, which he co-founded. Barry was previously VP for a financial software company, and currently sits on the board of a K-8 school and lives with his wife and daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area.