Forensic Investigators practice Forensic science, which is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly—on the criminal side—during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.
Forensic investigators collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence during the course of an investigation. While some forensic investigators travel to the scene of the crime to collect the evidence themselves, others occupy a laboratory role, performing analysis on objects brought to them by other individuals.
In addition to their laboratory role, forensic investigators testify as expert witnesses in both criminal and civil cases and can work for either the prosecution or the defense. While any field could technically be forensic, certain sections have developed over time to encompass the majority of forensically related cases.
Forensic Investigators typically work for law enforcement and police departments, but there is a movement towards private Forensic Investigator companies that work on a case by case basis for private clients and perform much the same functions.
Coming soon – a Directory of Private Forensic Investigators in South Africa