Find clues to crimes from blood left at the scene.
What does a Blood Splatter Analyst do?
The job of a Blood Splatter Analyst is to read the blood at crime scenes as if it’s ink on a page. Whether it’s a trace amount – a fleck or spot, for instance – or a substantial sum, it’s the Blood Splatter Analyst’s job to examine the evidence to determine if a crime has occurred and, if so, what happened.
If you’re a Blood Splatter Analyst, you’re a type of Crime Lab Analyst. You accomplish your work through a process known as bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA), which uses a combination of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics to determine, the movement, direction, and position of victims while they were shedding blood. You also help decipher clues about the weapon or object that caused the bloodshed, the number of impacts during an incident, and the sequence of events during a crime.
Common tasks include photographing evidence and using swabs and ultraviolet light to detect and collect blood samples. Then, using computer programs, notes, and sketches, you work to analyze the evidence.
Some people read palms to predict the future. You, however, read bloodstains to figure out the past, which helps Detectives solve crimes, and juries convict the people who commit them.