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The Need for Forensic Science in Society

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Muna Aslam

on 12 December 2014

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a. Government Forensic Science Laboratories

b. Private Forensic Science Laboratories

c. Academic Institutions

d. Banking, Finance, and Insurance

e. Aviation, Customs, and Railways

f. Questioned Document Laboratories

The Need for Forensic Science in Society
Brief Definition of Forensic Science
Forensic comes from the latin word “forensic” meaning “of or before the forum” which explains the role of presenting one’s findings and testimonies before the forum or the court. Forensic Science is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences for the purpose of legal and criminal purposes. It establishes the presence or absence of the link between the criminal, crime, the victim, and the place and time of occurrence by using different sciences to enforce civil and criminal laws.
Needs & Applications for Forensic Science
Forensic science has more impact on the society than we are aware of. It is not only used for solving criminal and civil cases but for other social needs and services as well. The need for forensic science can be summarized as shown below:
Scope of Forensic Science
1. https://crimelabproject.wordpress.com/how-does-forensic-science-affect-your-life/

2. http://www.staffs.ac.uk/schools/sciences/forensic/whatisforsci/whatisforensicsci/

It is human nature to have bad thoughts and criminal instincts. It is also human nature to err and to commit crimes; but who takes leadership and control over such acts done by the people? Forensic Scientists.
Forensic Scientists are responsible for investigating crimes and for putting all the pieces of what happened together. It is up to them to identify what has happened, how it happened, who did it, who else were involved, and so on. They solve mysteries and protect the innocent as well as the wrongly accused. But forensic scientists affect our lives in more ways than we think they do. We see them as just a tool for criminal justice but in reality, they serve more purpose than that. They provide many other services and benefits and these will be discussed further on.
criminal justice


medico legal death examination

other works
providing response to public concerns

maintaining and coping up with social changes

identifying better hiding facilities

adapting to higher technical knowledge

expanding to wider fields such as local, national, and international criminals

identifying better evidences with the development of more specific techniques

Identifying and collecting human remains
Airport security and Immigration (biometrics to help ensure that those entering the country are who they claim to be and do not have criminal records; identification of suspected terrorists; response to mass fatalities )

Analysis of explosive materials, explosives, and explosions

Future crime prevention

Disaster response

Assistance in cases such as missing persons

Identification of illegal and poisonous substances such as drugs and chemicals

Protection of wildlife through forensic work

Detection of fraud, computer crimes, art forgery, and much more
g. Government Intelligent Agencies

h. International Intelligence Agencies

i. Research and Development Laboratories

j. Police Services

k. Drugs and Narcotics Departments

l. Freelancer
Scope of Forensic Science
By Muna V. Muhammad Aslam
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