A Model for Managing Crime Scene Examiners

Ludwig, Anika (2014) A Model for Managing Crime Scene Examiners. Forensic Science Policy and Management, 5 (3-4). pp. 76-90. ISSN 1940-9044

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Police forces in the UK employ specially trained Crime Scene Examiners (CSEs) to provide forensic science support to the investigation of crime. Previous research (Bradbury and Feist 2005; Williams 2004) has shown wide variations in the management, deployment, and performance of this staff group and, as such, there is a need to develop performance indicators as a measure of effectiveness. This paper looks at the performance and management of CSEs in Durham Constabulary and discusses a model which focuses on the quality of the work of CSEs rather than the quantity of scenes visited, fingermarks lifted or DNA samples collected. Durham Constabulary focus on three main areas of performance to manage their crime scene examiners: level of activity, quality of materials collected, and the conversion of forensic materials into intelligence matches. In this paper we explore a model of performance management which demonstrates how activity measures and review processes can be implemented and utilised to provide insight into the effectiveness of forensic science. Performance management data collected from 24 CSEs over a one-year period (January to December 2011) is used to discuss the role of forensic performance measures in a scientific support unit, reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of the measures collected.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crime scene examination, forensic science support, management processes, volume crime
Subjects: F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Anika Ludwig
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 16:47
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 16:19
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18250

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