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Western Kentucky University

WKU Police Department

Special Operations And
Investigations

Professional Accountability

The special operations and crime scene investigator are professionals. His or her dress will reflect their standard accordingly. They could be mistaken for an administrator or an executive on his or her way to the office. But this professional may be casting a tire track found in eight inches of snow, or working in 95-degree temperature. They may have to crawl under a house to search for a spent cartridge.

The special operations and crime scene investigator gives their testimony, the fingerprint they lifted, the tool mark they cast, the cartridge case they located, and the various other types of evidence they processed that place the suspect, beyond any doubt, at the scene of the crime. Successful case conclusions give the special operations and crime scene investigator their job satisfaction.

The special operations and crime scene investigator may not be in the center of media coverage on a case but their efforts do not go unrecognized. Since the successful conclusion of a case results from a combination of various specialties, this recognition by the unit's peers is more personally rewarding than any news Media coverage.

The special operations and investigator assists criminal justice officials in preparing criminal case, and by providing reports, sketches, and photographs. The given expert testimony in criminal court cases. This testimony must not only follow the rules of evidence but must also be able to explain, in laymen's terms, to a jury the significance of the evidence as it relates to scientific proof. The special operations and investigator maintain and in-depth knowledge of federal and state statues, court cases, and agency rules and regulations.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14