Forensic medicine and criminal investigators: An Empowerment memoir

The branch of forensic medicine and forensic science is facing a sudden reckoning. With the advent of integrated approach of police personnel with the  Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, KMC Manipal has not only  helped in transforming and upgrading the future of criminal investigations, it also illuminated few lacunae in the past, holding up to convictions steadily and leading up to its legal proceedings in advance scrutiny. The aim of forensic oratory is to teach, to delight and to move and to certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes having a tradition of forensic science being featured in detective stories.

In a programme organized at the TMA Pai auditorium, KMC Manipal, the doctors empowered the police personnel’s on the first aid session training combined knowledge – building activities with hands – on re – enactments in administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as being the first guide to arrive at any crime scene or accident spot or during emergencies. As the initial few minutes following an emergency are very crucial, truly Golden hour, as because of this care provided during this period has direct bearing on the final outcome. The personnel’s belonging to different ranks and the department of forensic medicine along with hospital staffs participated in the training programme, seeking an immense response as it aids in fulfilling their motto ‘to serve and protect’.  It ought to characterize police knowledge and attitude towards cardiac arrest as well as their perceived willingness to perform CPR in situations demanded.

Actions taken at the onset of an investigation at a crime scene can play a pivotal role in the resolution of a case. Careful, thorough investigation is a key to ensure that an approach in a proper build up  a manner is carried out as not to breach any evidence, timely collection and preservation of evidences with chain of custody being maintained, as to no potential evidences are tainted or destroyed or any witnessed being overlooked. A programme was initiated in crime scene processing, the level of training required with the resources available that varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The representatives from Forensic science laboratories with their expertise with recreation of crime scenes with participation from staffs, students and police personnels created it a success, highlighting the lacunae’s which can be missed.

Ballistic Bot: Augment: Round start: Create an ignition in hand: A team based approach to shot guns, their range of firings and terminal ballistics were addressed at a training ground of officials along with the officials from different caders, resources from forensic science laboratories and entire department of forensics. Thrilled response was generated as it witnessed from the compositions of gun powders to its igniting potential, the determination of range of firing and distribution of injuries inflicted, recoveries from the crime scene and how not to get misleaded by a fictionally created crime scene.

It is acknowledged that all crime scenes are unique in their own way. The judgement of the investigator on the scene with the assistance of other responders can help in strengthening the justice in a constructive manner from arriving at the crime scene, its preliminary documentation, processing the scene and recording the evidences.

These workshops gave rise to a cognition and scientific method layering to a successful team building in its implementation in the tactical spheres. Thus, there is a great and constant need of those who investigate and guard our social domains and ones who practice forensic medicine/ science/ pathology or criminal law to march towards a warm humanism.


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2.       Palimar, Vikram and Gupta, Chandni (2021) Medical Students Perception on Ethics and Communication Module: What It Means to be a Patient. Journal of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, 21 (1). pp. 10-13. ISSN 09725687

3.       Mirchandani, Renu and Kumar, Naveen P and Palimar, Vikram (2021) Patient safety program in a hospital with reference to costs associated with patient falls. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15 (1). pp. 611-617. ISSN 0973-9122

4.       Bakkannavar, Shankar M and Nayak, Vinod C (2021) Summative assessment based on objective structured practical examination (Ospe) In forensic medicine and toxicology in a medical college in South India-An experience and students perspective. Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, 24 (S1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1544-0036

5.       Aggarwal, Aina and Gupta, Chandni and Palimar, Vikram and Kalthur, Sneha Guruprasad (2020) Anthropometric and Histologic Study of Liver and Kidney of Foetuses and Their Correlation With Gestational Age. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 16 (4). pp. 96-100. ISSN 1675-8544

6.       Divya, C and Gupta, Chandni and Tewari, Siddharth and Kalthur, Sneha Guruprasad and Palimar, Vikram (2020) Histogenesis and Histomorphometric Study of Human Foetal Cerebellar Cortex. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 19 (1). pp. 1-3. ISSN 0972-5997

7.       Palimar, Vikram and Gupta, Chandni and Arora, Swadha and Vohra, Hussain (2020) Pattern of Pediatric Poisoning at a Tertiary Health Care Hospital in South India:A Perspective of Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit. Journal of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 20 (2). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0972-5687

8.       Afra, Fathima and Hosapatna, Mamatha and Sumalatha, Suhani and MN, Salva and Nayak, Vinod C and A, ShankarBakkanavar (2020) A morphometric and histological study of the effect of stress on the adrenal gland. Journal of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, 20 (1). pp. 79-85. ISSN 09725687

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