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.
An exciting range of specialist techniques and equipment are used to examine scenes and exhibits including light sources, laser, chemicals and powders.
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.
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 Evidence & Technical Services Command 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.