Forensic Scientist

Forensic scientists or forensic laboratory analysts use scientific principles and technologies to analyze, identify, compare, classify, and interpret physical evidence submitted by police and related agencies. Technologists in all sections or specialties (biology, toxicology, etc.) conduct tests and examinations and take part in in-house research. (OCCinfo by alis).

Forensic specialists work in police labs across the country, and at some labs independent from police forces, such as The Centre of Forensic Sciences and the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Medecine Legale. Forensic scientists generally do not visit crime scenes (except for firearms examiners, who are often also police officers, and those members of the lab who analyze explosives and synthetic drug labs). They receive the evidence from Identification Officers, then analyze evidence in labs and submit a report giving their opinion of the weight of the evidence. They will often testify in court as expert witnesses. Forensic scientists are civilians, not police officers. (So you want to be a forensic scientist?, Simon Fraser University)

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Forensic specialists have a core scientific background in the field in which they are working - biology, chemistry, etc. Usually they will have a minimum of a four year degree, with honours. (So you want to be a forensic scientist?, Simon Fraser University)

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Date modified: August 13, 2019