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NCJ Number: 221149 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Medical Examiners in Law Enforcement
Journal: The Police Chief  Volume:74  Issue:11  Dated:November 2007  Pages:44,45,47,48
Author(s): J. C. Upshaw Downs M.D.
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 4
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In an effort to help law enforcement better understand the principles and the nature of forensic pathology, specifically medical examiners, this article discusses the role and duty of a medical examiner.
Abstract: The level of cooperation between the death investigation team and police can literally make or break a case. Though generally familiar with the basics of how to deal with a dead body, officers may not be cognizant of the roles and qualifications of all the various parties. To maximize understanding among the disparate stakeholders involved in the professional death investigation process and foster improved communication, law enforcement agencies and medical examiners/coroners (MEs/Cs) should increase their exposure to each other’s area of expertise. The intent of this article is to provide exposure of law enforcement to the role and duties of the ME/C and how both law enforcement and forensic pathology can work together and assist one another in the successful investigation of a death. 2 notes
Main Term(s): Forensic pathology
Index Term(s): Coroners; Crime laboratories; Criminal investigation; Criminalistics; Forensic sciences
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