Science of Crime: Firearms Examination
Forensic science is a complex discipline that encompasses more than a dozen distinct fields. Except for a few recent additions to the investigative tool kit such as DNA analysis and computer forensics, most fields trace their origins to the 19th century or before.
Presented by The Mob Museum, this program in the Science of Crime series explores how weapons are identified in criminal cases.
Within most crime labs, scientists have highly specialized expertise. Unlike what is portrayed on television, it is rarely one individual who investigates the crime scene, processes the fingerprints, analyzes the DNA and examines the trace evidence. Instead, highly specialized experts focus on one field. This leads to more efficient and effective lab results.
Each month, The Mob Museum and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Forensic Laboratory will present an in-depth look at the disciplines and sciences that encompass forensic analysis.
About this March’s Science of Crime program:
The Firearms/Toolmarks Detail is responsible for firearms and toolmark examinations and the use of the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) database. Learn how this discipline is applied in identifying weapons used in criminal cases. Forensic scientist Glenn Davis will be the featured speaker. Davis is a forensic scientist in the Firearms/Toolmarks Detail of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Forensic Laboratory. Davis has been a forensic scientist for 16 years, 11 of them as a firearms examiner. Before coming to Las Vegas, Davis worked for the Washington State Patrol Spokane Crime Laboratory and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Laboratory of Forensic Services.
Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission.