Thesis ID: CBB233920129

The History of Forensic Science in the State of New York (2017)


This dissertation delineates the process and advancements in professionalizing the police departments and the development of forensic science in New York. Furthermore, as a preliminary and exploratory study it examines the evolution and changes of forensic science within the growth and expansion of a New York county police department. The relationship between police and forensic science was complex; for example, the impetus for the police to adopt a particular forensic methodology varied. At times, the development of forensic methodologies necessitated a further step in professionalizing the police departments. Other times, law enforcement sought new forensic inventions, or the improvement of existing scientific analysis. This dissertation provides a concentrated focus on the changing policies of a state (and a county) regarding the sciences of policing and forensics – all within the broader context of the history of forensic science and the professional development of the U.S. police departments in general. Furthermore, it contributes to the literature of law-enforcement, federalism, chemistry, biology, and crime. It also contributes to the local literature of Warren County and the Adirondacks by showing how the rural county police department adopted the varied forensic methodologies.

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Authors & Contributors
Saumitra Basu
Jinee Lokaneeta
Quinlan, Andrea
Rao, Ursula
Zurawski, Nils
Maguire, Mark
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
History of Psychology
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Environmental History
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
McGill University (Canada)
University of Washington Press
University of Toronto Press
University of Michigan Press
University of Hawai'i Press
Science and government
Public policy
Forensic sciences
Police; criminal justice departments
Science and law
Science and politics
Bush, Vannevar
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
United States
Great Britain
Idaho (U.S.)
United States. President's Science Advisory Committee
United States. Forest Service
United States. Environmental Protection Agency

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