Forensic investigators recognize, document, collect, and organize evidence left at the scene of a crime. But realize that many factors affect observation skills such as emotion, perception and recall skills in obtaining eyewitness accounts.
Unit Essential Question(s):
What skills are necessary for a forensic scientist to thoroughly investigate a crime?
Students should understand that eyewitness accounts have been responsible for many false convictions and that the Innocence Project using DNA evidence has overturned many of those convictions.
Students should realize how to be a good observer by examining the crime scene environment systematically, observing even trivial details, observing objectively (without interpretation), and taking notes and photographing when possible.