Forensic Specialist for the DEP

By Dylan Chesbro

Description

Forensic specialists for the DEP deal with crimes that have to do with the environment. They analyze evidence seized from a suspect which could include fish eggs, steaks from poached meat, ivory earrings,etc. Instead of humans being the victim, an animal usually plays the role of the victim.

How it is used

DEP forensic specialists analyze evidence to prosecute a person for the crime they committed. They help wildlife law enforcers determine if foul play was used in the death of an animal and give them all the facts necessary for making an arrest.

Job Requirements/Skills Needed

To work in the lab as a forensic specialist you must have a bachelor's degree. An essential skill to have is computer skills. You work with computers everyday for data processing, statistical inferences and more. You also need to have excelled in chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry.

Real life case

In 2001 a man was accused of killing 2 mule deer out of season. After he left the bodies of the deer on a tarp on the side of the road wildlife officers were able to send blood and tissue samples to the lab to be analyzed. When authorities found blood in the back of his truck they sent that too the lab where it was analyzed and they determine that it matched the deer blood. He was evidentially charged for killing two deer out of season.
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Work Cited

"Special Agents and Wildlife Inspectors: Evidence Collection and Preservation - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory." Special Agents and Wildlife Inspectors: Evidence Collection and Preservation - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Sept. 2015.




"Game Law Violations." Game Law Violations. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Sept. 2015.