Graduate Education in ‘Conventional’ Criminalistics: A Proposal and Reactions

    Volume 39, Issue 2 (March 1994)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 6


    Lindquist, CA
    Associate Professor and Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

    Jenkins, K
    Laboratory Scientist, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, Decatur, GA

    Yates, L
    Director, Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, Paul E. Shoffeitt Laboratory, Birmingham, AL

    Liu, RH
    Associate Professor and Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

    (Received 5 May 1993; accepted 16 August 1993)

    Abstract

    ‘Conventional’ criminalistics is defined in this study as: firearms and toolmark examination, microscopic examination of glass, soil, hair and fibers, fingerprint analysis and questioned documents examination. Since pre-employment access to graduate education programs and training opportunities in these conventional areas has traditionally been quite limited, a new graduate education model for conventional criminalistics was developed and presented to the membership of ASCLD for reaction. Based on a 51.8% response rate (N = 177) to a survey instrument, it was found that laboratory directors generally supported the model and believed that it could be appropriately linked to the 100 or so new hires projected annually by the directors for the conventional areas over the next five years.


    Paper ID: JFS13612J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13612J

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