Forensic Field Techniques for Human Remains (Enhanced DVD)

Forensic Field Techniques for Human Remains (Enhanced DVD)
Discover how forensic science helps decode the mysteries of human remains at a crime scene in this 94-minute informative program.
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What role does forensic science play in crime scene analysis when human remains are involved? This program provides a comprehensive overview of the role that science plays in support of law enforcement. With expert insights from forensic science professors, this episode draws on the knowledge and experience of faculty members from the Department of Forensic Science at Laurentian University. Scott Fairgrieve, Tracy Oost and Gerard Courtin take viewers through each crime scene with a trained eye to guide the next generation of detectives.

Forensic Field Techniques for Human Remains covers a wide range of topics including understanding the decomposition timeline, methods for identifying human remains and locating burial sites. The program also covers locating remains via grid-based searching, forensic botany, forensic entomology, forensic anthropology and how to establish and secure a crime scene. The professors also highlight the special considerations that arise when a deceased human has been subjected to water and fire. The training offered in this DVD is an excellent source of information for students who may be considering a career in forensic science. It is also helpful for professionals such as police officer, coroners, medical examiners, firefighters and forensic scientists, to name a few. Viewer discretion is advised. (94 minutes)

Forensic Field Techniques for Human Remains

· Enhanced DVD

· ISBN: 978-1-61616-637-3

· Run Time: 94 Minutes

· Copyright Date: 2009

· CC
Customer Reviews

This program offers a detailed introduction regarding how forensic science is used at crime scenes that have human remains. Tracy Oost, Gerard Courtin and Scott Fairgrieve utilize a team approach to analyzing crime scene. They are faculty members at Laurentian University’s Department of Forensic Science and cover these topics: how to identify human remains, how to identify burial sites, how bodies decompose, how to establish a crime scene, how remains are located using grid based searching, forensic entomology and botany, and more. Unique considerations are used for remains that have been exposed to fire or water. A useful educational program for coroners, police officers, forensic scientists, firefighters, and students. Viewer discretion is advised. (94 minutes)

Segments in this video include:
  • Decomposition Timeline – It is crucial to be able to understand the post mortem interval and to be able to recognize the different stages of decomposition with human remains. The timeline includes different factors that change the rate of decomposition.
  • Identification of Human Remains – To be able to identify human remains, specialized knowledge of the different characteristics of human skeletons is required as well as an understanding of the effects of exposure and time on the appearance of bones. Being able to differentiate between animal and human bones is also necessary.
  • Identification of Burial Sites – Burial sites can be found by searching for surface disturbance. Initially the grave site will have a mound at the surface, and eventually it will sink slightly. Different plant species over the grave will change over time. A soil probe can be used to find areas of disturbed soil.
  • In Search of Human Remains – An assessment is used to determine the currently available finances, personnel and equipment. Cadaver dogs and search specialists are considered.

    Forensic Field Techniques for Human Remains
  • Enhanced DVD
  • ISBN: 978-1-61616-637-3
  • Run Time: 94 Minutes
  • Copyright Date: 2009
  • CC
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