My name is Ed Primeau and I am an audio and video forensic expert.
I process audio and video evidence to better hear and see the events as they occurred in the audio or video recording. I also authenticate audio and video evidence to learn if the evidence presented is real and can be used in court.
Here, I will share my thoughts on how to honor forensic science and build your expert witness curriculum vitae.
In this first episode of Blindspot, I want to cover an overview of the qualifications of a forensic expert. If you are thinking of a career as a forensic expert, you better begin with a solid foundation in your area of expertise. This is on the job experience, activity both behind a desk and in the field. Your forensic career will grow as your work experience grows.
To document this experience, forensic experts create what is referred to as a curriculum vitae, a Latin word meaning ‘the course of life‘. In other words, documentation of things that have happened in your life. A C/V lists your education, work experience, articles published and reviewed by your peers, as well as continuing education and associates you belong to. Eventually, your C/V will also list the legal cases you have word on and successfully completed.
As a forensic expert, your C/V is the most important document you will ever have as a forensic expert. It will allow everyone who reads it an understanding of your education and experience, as well as life accomplishments as a forensic expert. The reader will know your experience and how it relates to the work you are doing or have already completed. Your C/V is also very important when qualifying you testify in court. Your C/V is an integrity foundation. Forensic experts must have integrity.