The forensic examiners are responsible for the forensic
examination of any disputed aspect concerning documents, thus,
the processing of crime scenes for questioned documents related
evidence. They perform the individualization of handwriting,
signatures, typescript, printed matter and stamped impressions.
They identify forgeries, erasures and additions and perform the
deciphering of obscured writing and indentations. They determine
the authenticity of banknotes, perform examinations concerning
writing instruments, ink and other media used in committing
offences. They document the outcome of the questioned document
examination and present expert evidence in court. They are also
involved in the maintenance of a computer database in respect of
anonymous letters and syndicate related documents. They conduct
research in the field of questioned document related issues.
What are the minimum requirements to
become a Forensic Analyst (Questioned Documents)?
The individual must have undergone Basic Police Training,
have a recognized B-Degree/ National Diploma and experience as
detective with extensive knowledge of fraud related cases.
Training in this unit follows an established three year
programme. Additional External training - Secret Service, S. A
Printing College, S. A Banknote Company is also presented.
Where can you be stationed?
Forensic Analysts (Questioned Documents) are stationed at
Forensic Science Laboratories of South African Police Service:
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