October 22, 2021
The College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics (CCJEF) has time in October with a bittersweet feeling. It successfully finished its three-day international lecture series entitled PLUS ULTRA: Unraveling the emerging trends and innovations in Forensic Science last October 2, 2021.
Wrapping up its commitment to uplifting and advancing the reality of our criminal justice system to the public, Dr. Niño M. Kabiling, CCJEF Dean, imparted his utmost appreciation to all participants, lecturers, and partners organizations that made the event successful and fruitful.
The said lecture series would not be possible without the three renowned experts in different fields of forensic science, covering topics in geographical profiling, forensic psychology, and firearm investigation.
Dr. Domingo Magliocca, a Geographic Offender Profiling specialist in Italy, discussed geographical profiling and its role in supporting criminal investigations and reducing investigation areas without creating generalizations and justifying the direct causality of crimes. He emphasized that geographical profiling is not crime mapping, wherein the former analyzes where crimes are done, monitors criminal patterns, and prioritizes areas for investigation efforts. Dr. Magliocca further explained the strategies to be taken in conducting geographical profiling and its effects in unraveling signature or ritual crime scene actions and modus operandi.
PLT Jeric Manalili, a forensic psychologist and psychometrician in the Philippine National Police, shed light on what truly is Forensic Psychology, debunking myths concerning its contribution to the administration of justice contextualizing it to the Philippine setting by introducing several laws in the country. According to Mr. Manalili, forensic psychology plays a crucial role in criminal investigations, encompassing all pillars of the criminal justice system. It has the ultimate goal of having an accurate and efficient legal system that parallels human behavior. Concluding his discussion, he stated that “Forensic Psychology is still in its infancy [stage], [yet] emerging, [and] improving.”
Finally, Dr. Rachel Bolton-King of Staffordshire University discussed the importance of perceiving the future of firearm investigations, emphasizing that the lack of awareness and knowledge of firearms and ammunition has a potential impact on the investigation process for firearm-related crimes. As technology continues to emerge, from crime detection, evidence identification, and criminal investigations, it is essential to bring it all together and further develop it to aid in maximizing and having an effective and efficient analysis—in consideration of the people, the processes, and the technology itself.
To conclude the event, Mr. Anthony John Jimenez, CCJEF Program Coordinator, extended his utmost gratitude to all persons who have completed and made CCJEF’s very own 2nd International Lecture Series a success. He synthesized and concluded that there are, indeed, improvements in the delivery and administration of justice, which remains possible through the various fields in forensic science.