Forensics And The Scientific Method

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Forensics and the Scientific Method Debra McCain University of Phoenix Forensic Science and Psychological Profiling CJA 590 Matthew D. Geyer, Psy.D. January 30, 2010 Forensics and the Scientific Method The Scientific Method has been used for many centuries to help scientist discover what, how, and why things exist. This allows the scientist to be an unbiased by-stander to an experiment they may be conducting, a theory they may be trying to prove, and even to disprove a theory. It allows people to be more objective and gives them critical thinking skills. In the world of forensics the scientific method the scientific method allows everyone in the case to be objective, unbiased, and gives him or her critical thinking skills. When investigating a crime, it is important for investigators to observe the crime, create a hypothesis of the crime, test their hypothesis of the crime, and reach conclusions about their theory of the crime. Criminal Investigation and the Scientific Method The scientific method is a very innovative way of conducting a criminal investigation. It helps the investigator to use his or her critical thinking skills to solve the mystery at hand. Through the four steps of the scientific method an investigator can put the pieces together and solve the investigation in a thorough and complete fashion. A criminal investigation refers to the process of collecting information (or evidence) about a crime: (1) determine if a crime has been committed; (2) identify the perpetrator; (3) apprehend the perpetrator; and (4) provide evidence to support a conviction in court (JRank, 2010). These four steps would be how the scientific method would fall into criminal investigations. This can be taken into consideration as to what investigators used when trying to identify and solve the Green River Killings in the Seattle and Tacoma, Washington area between
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