A forensic artist, also commonly referred to as a sketch artist, is a graphic artist that renders free-hand or computerized drawings, enhancements, and reconstructions. Forensic art is defined as an artistic technique used for identification, apprehension or conviction purposes. Forensic artists work closely with law enforcement officers to identify criminal suspects and victims through facial […]

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Forensic archaeology is the application of archaeology (the study of past cultures and activities) to legal investigations. The skills and methods used by archaeologists to find and interpret buried or hidden sites of past activity have direct application to modern forensic investigations. The Forensic Archaeologist combines knowledge of osteology and human remains with archaeological techniques to help […]

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Forensic anthropology is the application of anthropology to criminal investigations. It incorporates concepts and methods from biological anthropology (the study of the physical aspects of humanity). Identifying unknown individuals is a key part of forensic anthropology. Anthropologists assist in identifications primarily by constructing a biological profile. This includes estimating age, sex, stature, and ancestry, as well as identifying […]

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The integration of accounting, auditing and investigative skills yields the speciality known as Forensic Accounting. “Forensic Accounting”, provides an accounting analysis that is suitable to the court which will form the basis for discussion, debate and ultimately dispute resolution. Forensic Accounting encompasses both Litigation Support and Investigative Accounting. As Forensic Accountants, we utilize accounting, auditing and investigative skills […]

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We touch things every day: a coffee cup, a car door, a computer keyboard. Each time we do, it is likely that we leave behind our unique signature—in our fingerprints. No two people have exactly the same fingerprints. Even identical twins, with identical DNA, have different fingerprints. This uniqueness allows fingerprints to be used in […]

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We touch things every day: a coffee cup, a car door, a computer keyboard. Each time we do, it is likely that we leave behind our unique signature—in our fingerprints. No two people have exactly the same fingerprints. Even identical twins, with identical DNA, have different fingerprints. This uniqueness allows fingerprints to be used in […]

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When skeletal remains are found, and the victim remains unidentified after traditional means of identification fail, investigators may call upon the forensic artist to utilize the three-dimensional facial reconstruction technique. The three-dimensional process is initiated by placing the skull on a workable stand, where the skull can easily be tilted and turned in all directions. The skull […]

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Facial mapping is a process involving the analysis and comparison of two or more moving or still facial images, often from CCTV footage but also digital or analogue photographs, and determining through the identified characteristics, similarities and resemblances whether they are of the same person. The facial mapping process uses aligned scaled images to scientifically demonstrate comparable facial features recognized within a legal context. […]

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DNA phenotyping is the process of predicting an organism’s phenotype using only genetic information collected from genotyping or DNA sequencing. Genetic researchers have recently begun to develop a type of DNA-typing that can identify criminal suspects based on traits such as skin, hair, and eye color, geographical ancestry, gait, and predisposition to smoking. Such visual and behavioral […]

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A  DNA database is a database of DNA profiles which can be used by law enforcement agencies to identify suspects of crimes. Using DNA to trace people who are suspected of committing a crime has been a major advance in policing. When DNA profiling is used wisely it can help to convict people who have committed serious crimes or exonerate people […]

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