In the last post, we explored some avenues to get a 10,000-foot view of your potential expert – how to match words with deeds from web pages, CVs and participation in the forensic community. Today we are going to dive a bit deeper into how to assess your potential expert’s technical skills by looking at certifications.
Training dollars are one of the rarest forms of currency in the world. More elusive than grant funds, harder to get than a pay raise and about as predictable as the Mega Millions lottery!
So, how can one stretch this rare and valuable resource? Have you considered hosting and/or sponsoring training at your department/office?
We have all heard the saying, “not all that glitters is gold” and when it comes to selecting and retaining a forensic expert, you want the real deal, not just a shiny pretty rock! Everything we discuss in this series is relevant when you are hiring any type of expert – forensic or otherwise. You should thoroughly vet any expert you wish to retain – and that includes us as well.
At DME Forensics, we get clients from all different spectrums of the professional gambit, from detectives to prosecutors, lawyers and insurance representatives – it is a good cross-section of the criminal and civil litigation worlds. As we talk with these individuals about their cases involving digital multimedia evidence, there seems to be some repeating themes which arise. Typically when someone calls us, we spend approximately 30 to 40 minutes conducting an “impromptu” training session on digital and multimedia evidence. These conversations seem to lead to the same types of questions and misconceptions. With that in mind, in this blog post we’re going to explore some of the more common and repeating questions/concerns we have received over the years to better educate first responders and professionals in dealing with digital and multimedia evidence.