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Firearms, Tool Marks & Impression Evidence - Chapter Summary
This self-paced chapter offers all the learning tools you need to better understand tool marks, firearms and impression evidence. Review engaging lessons to study different types of forensic investigations and examinations as well as the NIBIN database. If you have questions about the lessons you explore, feel free to submit them to our experts via the Dashboard. Our multiple-choice quizzes and practice exam can check your comprehension of topics covered in this chapter. These resources are available 24/7 using any computer or mobile device. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Define ballistics
- Describe procedures involved in a forensic firearm investigation
- Explain the methods and purpose of a forensic footwear examination
- Detail the purpose and methods of tool marks and tire marks forensic examinations
- Differentiate between different types of impression and pattern evidence
- Discuss the purpose of the NIBIN database
1. Ballistics: Definition & Overview
Ballistics is an area of forensic science that studies firearms and ammunition to solve crimes. Explore the definition and overview of ballistics, and learn about the crime scene, what ballistics examiners do, and ballistics determinations.
2. Forensic Firearm Investigation: Procedures & Results
Forensic scientists collect evidence that can be used positively identify a specific gun used in a crime. Learn about forensic firearm investigation procedures, discover the results that come from comparing bullets and cartridges, and explore other evidence-gathering methods.
3. NIBIN Database: Definition & Purpose
Established in 1999, the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) assists in criminal investigations that involve the use of firearms. Learn about the history of the NIBIN database, the information it collects, and the ways it can be used to solve crimes.
4. Footwear Forensic Examination: Methods & Purpose
Forensic footwear evidence is vital to solving crimes since footwear impressions usually have characteristics that can help investigators discover details about the offender. Explore how details such as impressions, manufacturing details, and accidental details can all aid in finding the offender of a crime.
5. Impression & Pattern Evidence: Definition & Process
Different kinds of evidence at a crime scene are collected or analyzed after photos and details are taken. Explore the different kinds of evidence, including impression and pattern evidence, and discover what each can tell about the crime scene.
6. Tire Marks Forensic Examination: Methods & Purpose
Tire tracks can be crucial evidence in a crime scene investigation. Explore the practice of tire marks forensic examination, learning its purpose and the common methods and tools used to examine and preserve such evidence.
7. Tool Marks Forensic Examination: Methods & Purpose
Tool marks are important forensic evidence when solving crimes and should never be ignored at a crime scene. Explore how any kind of tool can be used for a crime and how different factors such as the shape of the mark can help investigators reach a conclusion.
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- Introduction to Forensic Science
- Conducting Death Investigations
- Physical Evidence & Crime Scene Reconstruction
- Trace Evidence in Hair & Fibers
- Fingerprint Analysis & Collection
- Types & Uses of Microscopes
- Drugs & Substances in Forensic Science
- Forensic Toxicology
- Forensic Serology
- Basics of DNA in Forensic Science
- Fire & Explosion Investigations
- Computer & Mobile Device Forensics
- Forensic Document Analysis
- Required Assignment for Criminal Justice 106