As technology has evolved so is the threats and crimes that are being committed and also the fact that criminals have also stepped up their methods of committing crimes and efforts just to avoid detection and incrimination from police. Since its birth as science, criminology and forensics has seen a lot of improvements and specializations especially in the field of science and technology. Here are some of the most promising new fields in the discipline.
Social Network Forensics
This branch of forensic science is relatively new because social media sites and networks are also relatively new but then again it has been keenly observed that social media networks are a great tool in solving cases where people involved might have had evidences that they unknowingly post in their social media or that a network of people could have led to crime perpetuators due to connections in their accounts.
As a new field in digital forensics it has still many polishing and developments to undergo through to be a fully efficient tool in solving crimes and other cases as well. Other closely related field is the forensic digital recovery, where evidences from phones and other gadgets can now be recovered and analyzed and can be used in the court of law to aid in a case.
One of the technological advancements that have been of great utility to man is the development of drones or UAV. But even with such great feat man is still able to make it as tool and utilize it for doing illegal activities, thus it is not surprising that one of the newest subfields in the field of forensic science is drone forensics.
They specialize in doing forensic work dealing with drones, catching them, tracing signals, and even intercepting them. Drones have been used for activities that are deemed to be illegal such as drug delivery, illegal recording of videos and the likes. Drones are also used by the state to catch suspects, track leads, and even in search and rescue operations.
Digital Fingerprint Analysis
As fingerprints are one of the most common pieces of evidence that could incriminate a person for a criminal case in many instances such evidences are blurred and are unclear thus at some point fingerprints as proof are negated with arguments in the court especially if it is not a full and clear evidence.
Thus, it has been very helpful that the area of digital fingerprint analysis has been made available to be used in many cases. Fingerprints can now be used with more accurate biosensors that can create a more precise digital image of a fingerprint down to the minutest details included in it.
This is one of the types of evidence that a body of knowledge or discipline is evolving and growing with the times to meet societal needs and that is through branching out to different fields and amalgamate disciplines into one specified expertise that can truly help meet the needs of a community or society, and in this case the field of forensics.