Forensic evidence is based largely on a principle developed by Dr. Edmond Locard. The principle is that;
Forensic Investigators (also known as crime scene examiners) investigate crime scenes from the ground up, collecting and analysing physical evidence. They perform tests on materials that may prove relevant to an investigation, document their findings and give evidence in court.
The Forensic Investigator needs to have an inquisitive mind, a desire to solve puzzles, a good work ethic with a customer focus and an unwavering willingness to present the truth. The FE&TS teaches the techniques and provides sufficient training to equip Forensic Investigators with the tools and knowledge to do the work.
You will be in a position to contribute to the big jobs, provide assistance to investigations and sometimes be the key to the case. You will be involved in jobs ranging from break and enters, non suspicious deaths to complex kidnappings, murders and others.
Forensic Investigators are located at various Crime Scene Sections around the state. Once becoming a Forensic Investigator your career can take multiple directions with a variety of areas in which to specialise. Become an expert (gain a specialist allowance on top of your salary) and build a local, state and national reputation.
Forensic Investigator - Evidence Recovery
If finding and recovering evidence that nobody else can detect and the naked eye can't see is exciting for you then this is the career for you. Evidence recovery is exactly what it sounds like - recovering evidence from scenes and exhibits.
The primary role of the Evidence Recovery Section is to locate, examine and collect latent evidence from scenes and exhibits. An exciting range of specialist techniques and equipment are used to examine scenes and exhibits including light sources, laser, chemicals and powders.
The Evidence Recovery Section, located at Pemulwuy, is staffed by a team of highly skilled, highly motivated and highly capable staff. The duties are predominately fingerprint based, but also include the recovery of DNA and physical evidence. The Evidence Recovery Section has a forensic laboratory which is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).
The Section provides a 24/7 state wide support service, both within the forensic laboratory and at complex major crime scenes. The section is also responsible for examination of exhibits from 'white powder incidents' and the Clandestine Laboratory Unit, which offers a range of services chemical testing and sampling at a state wide level.
If you feel that you are up to the challenge of utilising an extensive range of specialist techniques and equipment to examine crime scenes and exhibits then the Evidence Recovery Section is for YOU
Fingerprint Experts provide a specialist service to operational police through the analysis and identification of latent fingerprints, confirming the identity of persons in police custody, obtaining fingerprints from deceased persons, developing fingerprints at major crime scenes and providing expert evidence to the courts.
Fingerprint Operations is based at Police Headquarters, Parramatta however staff are also required to perform duties at Forensic Services Group laboratories at Pemulwuy.
All staff are required to successfully complete approximately 5 years of training and additional tertiary qualifications to be accredited by the Australasian Forensic Field Sciences Accreditation Board as a fingerprint expert.