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‘Scene of crime officers’ in Karnataka police

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‘Scene of crime officers’ in Karnataka police:


Context:

Karnataka Government is planning to recruit 206 ‘scene of crime officers’ (SoC officers) across the state.

 

Who are they?

  • Scene of Crime officers will have a rank equivalent to police sub-inspector and will be part of the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories.
  • The SoC officers will specialise in forensic science as well in identification, collection and preservation of evidence at the scene of the crime.
  • These officers will be trained investigators, who will undergo training at National Forensic Sciences University in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, and Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Hyderabad.
  • According to the initial plans by the police department, all districts will have one SoC unit with four to five SoC officials.

 

Significance:

According to the Karnataka police, this is the first time in the country that dedicated officials will be deployed for evidence collection, a system that exists in advanced countries.

  • In 1961 in London, the first crime scene officer post was created.

 

Sources: Indian Express.