Forensic Identification

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Forensic Identification

Forensic Identification involves a number of procedures including:

  • the examination and photographing of crime scenes examination of articles for fingerprints and/or other physical evidence.
  • The collection, or assistance in collection, and evaluation of physical evidence.
  • The submission of physical evidence to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto
  • photographing of victims, property and accused persons, relevant to an investigation.
  • The comparison of fingerprint/footwear impressions, physical matches and the identification of this evidence
  • The preparation and presentation of Identification evidence for Court purposes.
  • Police services provide ongoing training to members in relation to the preservation of crime scenes and forensic issues.


Forensic Identification Services

  • Peel Regional Police Forensic Identification Services assists in the identification of persons responsible for the commission of offences through the lawful collection, analysis and preservation of physical evidence for presentation in a court of law.
  • Toronto Police Service Forensic Identification Services is committed to identifying individuals and analyzing forensic evidence in a professional, objective and efficient manner.
  • Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences is one of the most extensive forensic science facilities in North America. The central laboratory is located in Toronto, the Northern Regional Laboratory in Sault Ste. Marie. The two laboratories conduct scientific investigations in cases involving injury or death in unusual circumstances and in crimes against persons or property. Highly specialized forensic examination and analysis are conducted in the following areas: biology, chemistry, documents, electronics, firearms and toolmarks, and toxicology.
  • Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada is a non-profit Canadian organization whose objective is to promote and foster a national forum and governing body for the affiliation of professionals who provide to the public, governments and employers, their expertise and services in the areas of fraud prevention, detection and investigation. The Association shall, through a process of accreditation, review and continuing education, promote the Certified Forensic Investigator (CFI) designation in Canada amongst its members and to the public as a symbol of the highest standard of excellence in its field.


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Organizations for Forensic Identification Professionals

  • Canadian Society of Forensic Science (CSFS) is a non-profit professional organization incorporated to maintain professional standards, and to promote the study and enhance the stature of forensic science. Membership in the society is open internationally to professionals with an active interest in the forensic sciences. It is organized into sections representing diverse areas of forensic examination: Anthropology, Medical, Odontology, Biology, Chemistry, Documents, Engineering, Firearms and Toxicology.


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College Courses in Forensic Identification

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology The Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation is a degree completion program designed to achieve a balance between intellectual rigor and current applications of technologies, enabling you to gain a firm understanding of the principles, procedures, technologies and legal ramifications of an investigator's work. All courses are taught by experts with specialized skills in various areas of forensic investigation.
  • Fleming College The Biotechnology Technologist Forensics program prepares students to analyse forensic, DNA and other medical applications data in automated lab environments. With a career in forensic biotechnology, you have diverse employment opportunities, from working in medical or health-related fields, to tracking down criminals or identifying victims of crime. Laboratory related occupations are among the fastest growing occupations in the economy.
  • Seneca College Forensic Investigative Studies is designed specifically for front-line investigations, you’ll gain forensic knowledge from recognized experts in their respective fields. Your courses will deliver specialized skills and knowledge for an exciting career in forensic and criminal investigations.



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University Courses in Forensic Identification

  • Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Forensic Sciences Diploma Program is designed to give students a strong grounding in the different science disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, and physics) that form the basis of the techniques used in forensic investigations. This science basis is provided through introductory and specialty courses offered from departments in the faculties of Science and Arts. Students may broaden their knowledge by choosing from a list of complementary courses offered by these same faculties. Experts in forensic techniques expose students to the application of this knowledge. Dr. Tanya Peckmann is a professor in forensic anthropology at Saint Mary’s University. Every two years she teaches a 2-week course in forensic methods at the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Department, one of the busiest and best facilities of its type in North America. This year eight Saint Mary’s students were selected to accompany her, joining eight other students who had come from as far away as the UK and Australia to participate in an internship and experience forensic science in a real morgue setting.


  • University of Toronto The Centre for Forensic Science and Medicine (CFSM) will unifiy the forensic community, coordinate knowledge-based initiatives and create an environment that fosters interdisciplinary research. The Centre will develop forensic educational programs across the entire training spectrum and through inter-professional education in allied Faculties. The forensic disciplines in the scope of the Centre will include: forensic science; forensic pathology; pediatric forensic pathology; forensic psychiatry and psychology; forensic anthropology; forensic odontology; and forensic pediatrics.


  • University of Toronto Mississauga's Forensic Science BSc program, the first of its kind in Canada, is designed to provide the student with an understanding of scientific analyses, theories, laboratory skills, applications, and field techniques -- while allowing the student to emphasize one particular area in greater detail. This is accomplish through the requirement of completing the Forensic Science (Double)Major program --as a "Double Major Program" the Forensic Science Major MUST be pursued together with a second science major in an approved area of study -Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or Psychology OR student can pursue a stream ofv specialization in one of our Forensic Science Specialist programs in Forensic Science Anthropology, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry or Forensic Psychology.


  • University of Windsor Honours Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science will give you an education in both the Arts and Sciences, with a focus on acquiring the skills and knowledge essential to the ethical professional practice of forensics. In both the classroom and laboratories and through internships, you will develop research skills in the preservation, measurement, analysis and identification of criminal evidence. ou will refine interpersonal and public speaking skills and critical-thinking abilities. You will develop capabilities for reporting and establishing a good case. As well, you will study law, criminality, judicial systems, and the importance of high ethical standards in criminal investigations.

University Courses in Forensic Anthropology

"Forensic anthropology is the scientific discipline that applies the methods of physical anthropology and archeology to the collection and analysis of legal evidence. Description and identification of skeletonized human remains are standard work for forensic anthropologists, but the expertise of the forensic anthropologist is also applicable to a wide variety of other problems. The common denominator is hard tissues: bones, teeth, and sometimes cartilage" (Burns 1999:3).

  • St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Minor in Forensic Anthropology. Forensic Anthropology intersects with both anthropological and forensic studies. It is a specialty within the subdiscipline of physical anthropology and, because it deals with the analysis of human skeletal remains in a medico-legal context, it has applications for forensic science.

University Courses in Investigative & Forensic Accounting

  • University of Toronto The Diploma in Investigative & Forensic Accounting (DIFA) program is designed to provide a graduate professional accountant, or equivalent, with the skills, knowledge, insights and professional characteristics necessary to successfully respond effectively to: (1) the challenges of investigating fraud, other aspects of white-collar crime, and other financial disputes, and (2) the provision of reports, advice and evidence to clients, lawyers and courts for the resolution of situations relating to possible or pending civil or criminal legal proceedings.