• Last Thursday a guest speaker from the Justice Institute of British Columbia
• Spoke about his job, as well as police and court procedures during cases
• This Thursdays class was cancelled as SFU was closed
• #4 What new information are you getting and what questions did you ask to probe further into the topic?
• I learned a lot about Police procedural and the steps required to become a forensic investigator with the RCMP (located in Ontario)
○ There is a singular college that all the police officers go to when they get certified
○ The training is standardized between all the officers
○ So if there is a larger investigation than Police officers from other parts of Canada can fly in an assist.
• #5 Discuss any new points of view you developed while in conversation with your mentor.
• I was thinking about the current finger print registry
○ Currently it only contains the finger prints of registered (convicted) criminal offenders
○ Crimes go unsolved because fingerprints go unmatched
○ Maybe prints should be collected regardless of indictment (?)
§ Less individual rights
§ More collective rights
• #6 What were some of the alternative perceptions that are new to you.
• Something I found interesting is that there has been an increase of burning of cars after crimes are committed
○ Thinking about getting rid of forensic evidence
§ Not very common 10 years ago
§ Much more common now
□ People are committing crimes and being more conscious of getting rid of forensic evidence
® I hadn’t though about this before, so I found this very interesting
• Also, expert witnesses need to be re-certified (prove their expertness) for every court case
• Also, you can forge/ plant fingerprints
• #9 How do your mentor values differ from yours?
• Our values didn’t differ that much, as we both agree on the fact that collecting information needs to be as non-biased as possible, and he didn’t share any of his own opinions and values, just facts
• #12 What questions did you ask to check on facts and details? Elaborate.
• The speaker mentioned two cases where fingerprints had been wrongly identified
○ The Madrid Bomber Case
§ Partial fingerprint matched with a lawyer in America
□ Harassed by police because of religion
□ Eventually exonerated
○ Case about a female police officer in Scotland
§ Fingerprint was present on door handle
§ Misidentified as culprit
• I didn’t recognize them so I decided to investigate more
○ After researching them, I found out what they were and the dangers of misidentifying or relying to much on fingerprints