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Welcome to this presentation of equipment usefull for the hobby forensic detective or persons performing hobby field investigation of any kind. Many of the products are of professional standard, and can therefore also be used for professional field investigators.
On this page you can find equipment you can use to study objects or events from a long distance, equipment for night vision, equipment to take distance fotographs, tools to study objects under magnification and to save magified pictures of objects on your PC or the internet. Please click at the links to learn more or buy.
GOOD STORES WHERE YOU CAN FINC PRACTICAL EQUIPMENT SUITED FOR INVESTIGATION ACTIVITIES
Brickhouse - Surveillance, alarm, tracking, recording and countersurveillance equipment - This is a great store of all kind of security and surveillance and tracking equipment for homes, workplaces, vehicles, properties, persons and objects. You can find a lot of equipment to be used in disquize for surveillamce, tracking and recording here.
INVESTIGATION AND SPY DEVICES, TOOLS AND KITS
Investigation kits for general or spesific purposes for professional or hobby use
OPTICAL DEVICES TO FOLLOW DAY-TIME EVENTS AND RECORD THESE
DEVICES TO FOLLOW NIGHT-TIME EVENTS AND TO RECORD SUCH EVENTS
A hobby detective or hobby spy will often need
equipment to help him see what is going on in the drakness or to record these
A hobby detective or hobby spy will often need equipment to help him see what is going on in the drakness or to record these events.
FIELD INSPECTION EQUIPMENT
ELECTRONIC SPY CAMERAS AND SPYING DEVICES THAT YOU CAN DISGUIZE FROM THE TARGET
DETECTORS TO FIND METALLIC OBJECTS
Metal detectors are usefull instruments in field investigation work or explorations to find metallic evidence or metallic trails hidden in the soil or ground. This is just one example of many detectors, from basic simple instruments to high end programmable tools.
MAGIFYING AND INSPECTION DEVICES
HOBBY ITEMS OF ALL CATEGORIES
A general hobby store with all kind of RC models: Helicopters, cars, airplanes, boats, robots: Wireless models of aircrafts cars and boats. Electronic sets, telescopes, computers and a lot more. Models in all size and prize cathegories, and suitable for all ages. Electric driven models that are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and extreme speedy gas driven models for the advanced modeller. By clicking at this product link, you can read more about this exhibited produc and from there browse for all other products in HobbyTron.
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Rc helicopters for aoutdoor and indoor use
Informational resources for our visitors
Here is some information about forensic investigation. To find other information resources, please go to this page
By Michael Russell
You're probably not going to find a lot of information on forensic photography. The truth is, this is an area of photography that your typical photographer does not get into. You're dealing with taking photos of people who have been brutally murdered and an assortment of other crimes. Forensic photography is not for the weak stomach. But just what is involved in becoming a forensic photographer? The course outline may not rival going to medical school, but it's quite a handful.
As with all other types of photography, a forensic photographer first has to learn the basics of the equipment that is used such as cameras, lenses, filters, flash, tripods, types of film and a number of other items that are considered basic equipment for forensic photography. The list is as long as King Kong's right arm.
The next thing that needs to be learned and understood is that forensic photography is technical photography. Photos must be correctly exposed, must have a maximum depth of field so that the photos are sharp and in focus and must be free from distortion. In other words, the photo must be as close to what the human eye sees as possible and still uncover things that can't be easily seen by the human eye. Not an easy task.
The photographer must learn about flash and night photography. Many crimes happen at night and the photos have to be taken at the time of the finding. This includes learning everything about dedicated, automatic and electronic flash, including what problems you can expect to run into with each. Troubleshooting is critical in forensic photography.
Then there is a whole course on the purpose of forensic photography so the photographer knows why he is taking the photos he is taking. This includes recording the original crime scene, recording all evidence, providing a permanent visual record and understanding the admissibility of photographic evidence.
Then there is a course on what they call general crime scene photography. This course covers the basics of crimes regardless of the kind. These are procedures that need to be followed regardless of what has happened whether it be a robbery or a murder.
After this course there is a more in depth course, or series of courses, on specific crimes such as homicides, suicides, burglaries, assaults, traffic accidents and injuries. Each one of these incidents requires certain procedures that are specific only to that particular crime.
For example, with homicides color film must be used. Photographs must be taken of the exterior and interior of the building. The photographer must also take photos of the body itself from as many as five different angles, the room the body was found in, the adjoining rooms, close up of body wounds, any weapons found, any trace of evidence such as blood, any signs of a struggle, any signs of prior activity to the homicide, such as drink glasses on a table (maybe they knew each other) and all views that witnesses had if there were any.
And then if that isn't enough, there is a whole course on how to photograph evidence from fingerprints to footprints and anything else that may be found at a crime scene. A forensic photographer must have eyes like a hawk to know what to look for.
If you're thinking that this is something you'd like to do, now at least you know what's in store for you.
What Is Forensic
By David A Webb
When my students arrived for their first lecture, I would always start by giving them 10 minutes to write down an answer to this question.
Before reading on, why not quickly write down what you think forensic psychology is.
The reason I did this was because despite the fact that every single undergraduate psychology student (about 180 of them) chose to do the forensic psychology course form a list of optional courses; not one of them came to see me in advance to ask what the course was about.
Now bear in mind students chose their optional courses well in advance of the start date, and in order to make an informed choice they were all strongly advised to speak to the lecturer running the courses they were interested in before making a final decision.
So why the no show?
I suspect, actually I know because I discussed it with the students afterwards, that they didn't feel they had to find out what forensic psychology is, because they already had a preconceived idea.
I mentioned that at the start of the first lecture I would give students 10 minutes to write down an answer to the question what is forensic psychology.
What I didn't mention, however, is that after about 2 minutes I would ask for their attention and apologise for forgetting to tell them that they weren't allowed to use the words serial killers or silence of the lambs in their answer. It was usually as this point that most of the writing in the lecture theatre stopped.
If you're thinking I would have stopped writing as well, please contain your disappointment and don't rush off just yet. The answer to the question, what is forensic psychology may not quite be what you thought, but that doesn't mean that the subject has to be any less engaging.
The first thing to appreciate when addressing the question is that even psychologists in the field are divided as to what the answer is.
The division of criminological and legal psychology within the British Psychological Society argued for twenty years as to whether their members should be entitled to call themselves Chartered Forensic Psychologists. It was finally agreed that they should, however, there still remains a great deal of debate and controversy surrounding the issue.
The central problem is that its members are drawn from a wide range of disciplines, so it is always difficult to state what the boundaries are when you talk of Forensic Psychology.
A fragmented discipline?
Psychologists in the prison/correctional services.
Clinical psychologists in special hospitals & the psychiatric services.
Now while it is important to acknowledge that this fragmentation of role exists, it is just as important to realise that these different groups are linked to forensic psychology because their work, expert knowledge or research activity is somehow connected with the law.
This legal connection makes perfect sense when you consider that the word forensic comes from the Latin forensis, which literally means appertaining to the forum, specifically the imperial court of Rome. So in essence:
The debate as to what is and what isn’t forensic psychology rests primarily on the nature of psychology’s relationship with the legal system.
Let me give you an example, imagine 2 clinical psychologists meet at a conference and they begin talking about the work they do.
The first psychologist tells the second that she recently gave expert testimony in court arguing that the defendant in a murder case was criminally insane; the judge and jury agreed and having been found guilty on the grounds of diminished responsibility the defendant was going to be sent to a secure psychiatric unit.
Now there’s a coincidence the second psychologist says I work in the unit where they're sending him, so I’ll be dealing and treating this guy when he arrives.
So here you have a situation where 2 psychologists are linked to the legal system by way of a legal decision and you could argue, therefore, that both deserve to be seen as engaging in Forensic Psychology. However, there’s a crucial difference.
The first psychologist actually helped inform the legal decision based on her psychological knowledge and expertise. The second psychologists' involvement on the other hand arose as a consequence of a legal decision that she had no direct influence over.
My preferred forensic psychology definition acknowledges this key distinction, namely:
That branch of applied psychology which is concerned with the collection, examination and presentation of evidence for judicial purposes’ (Haward 1981).
If you adopt this definition you are stating categorically that Forensic Psychology relates to:
The provision of psychological information for the purpose of facilitating a legal decision (Blackburn 1996).
So in the case of our two psychologists, strictly speaking only the first can be said to be engaged in Forensic Psychology.
Not everybody would agree with this, because there is a school of thought that would claim that any activity that links psychology to the law deserves to be described as Forensic. I’m not going to try and convince you which is right, although I do have a strong opinion on the mater; the main thing is that you know that this debate exists.
In answering the question, what is forensic psychology we have discovered that:
In essence, forensic psychology refers to the application of psychology within a legal context.
The debate as to what is & what is not forensic psychology relates to the nature of this legal application & the level at which it is applied.
And this debate raises a number of questions that you need to think about. In particular:
The boundaries of forensic psychology?
The role of the forensic psychologist?
The credibility of forensic psychology
If you'd like to find out more about forensic psychology, you can do so by visiting my website http://www.all-about-forensic-psychology.com/
Having worked as a lecturer in psychology in the UK, I recently moved to sunny Spain with my family, where I now work as a distance learning tutor and research dissertation supervisor.
Since 2000, I've been involved in collaborative research with teams of forensic scientists in the UK, US and Canada.
Keep up-to-date with the world of forensic psychology by reading the forensic psychology blog. This regularly updated blog addresses the most common issues and questions raised by those thinking of or currently studying and working in the field. Among the topics covered are career and study options, forensic job opportunites, conference listings, internships, forensic research and psychological research methods.
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