Understanding Limited Resources, cont.
In the next example, a new detective attends a DNA class and learns about touch DNA evidence. From that point on, the detective submits numerous items to the laboratory for each assigned case and requests touch DNA analysis for each item regardless of the case situation.
How does this new focus on touch DNA evidence affect the process? This powerful new type of analysis has the potential to make a significant investigative impact, but it could also negatively affect the workload and priorities of active violent crime cases within the laboratory. Generally, the analysis of touch DNA evidence is more complex and time consuming than the analysis on routine sample types.
Are the investigative priorities and demands still being met?
Administrators should be mindful that crime laboratories have a finite amount of resources. These resources have to be applied and managed judiciously to provide the best chance for overall effectiveness.
Additional Online Courses
- What Every First Responding Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes
- DNA – A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook
- Crime Scene and DNA Basics
- Laboratory Safety Programs
- DNA Amplification
- Population Genetics and Statistics
- Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA
- Firearms Examiner Training
- Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decisionmakers
- What Every Investigator and Evidence Technician Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court
- Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert
- Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues
- DNA Extraction and Quantitation
- STR Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Communication Skills, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony
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- Amplified DNA Product Separation for Forensic Analysts