Science of Crime: Polygraph 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 will focus on the science and application of the polygraph examination.
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 April’s Science of Crime program:
James Stern served more than 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent, supervisory special agent, FBI Hong Kong attaché and chief of the Asian and African Organized Crime Program. He has been the executive vice president of corporate security for Wynn Resorts since 2007. This presentation will focus on the science and application of the polygraph examination and how this instrument is used to gauge physiological responses in the human body and how it can indicate the truthfulness of a subject.
Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission.