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NCJ Number: 78011 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice - Scientific Aids
Corporate Author: WGBH-TV Boston
United States of America
Project Director: P Downey; S A Gilford
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice

WGBH-TV Boston
Allston, MA 02134
Grant Number: 193
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: For the inservice training of police officers in New England, agents from the FBI's Physics and Chemistry Section and Documents Section describe the various subdivisions of their agencies. Short filmed sequences depict each lab in action.
Abstract: One agent points out that there is greater dependence today in court on the physical aspects of a case because the evidence is less controvertible. He notes that requests received by the labs for firearms identification are the most frequently made and describes the stages of a laboratory investigation of a bullet. The purpose and equipment of the spectrographic laboratory are also described, and suggestions are given on how to preserve blood evidence. Another agent speaks briefly of the Documents Section of the FBI where an investigator is shown making an examination and comparison of handwriting samples. In addition to their special equipment and varied services, both agents note the tremendous amount of information material they have available. They emphasize that the success of the investigation lies with the officer in the field who must exhibit great care in packaging and identification for the preservation and continuity of evidence. A guestion and answer session follows the discussion and demonstration. Participants include the two FBI agents, the director of a local crime lab, and a State supervisor of laboratories.
Index Term(s): Crime laboratories; Crime laboratory equipment; Criminal investigation; Evidence identification; Evidence preservation; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Films; In-service Training; New England States; Police training
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