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Can a Crime Scene Investigator in the UK also arrest and interview

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Can a Crime Scene Investigator in the UK also arrest and interview suspects in a connected case or is it a conflict of interest?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
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If he is a police officer then he can make an arrest and act upon it.
The police don't have conflicts of interest. They are just evidence gatherers.
Can I clarify anything ?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

If as a C.S.I a forensic exam is undertaken then the same officer is sent to arrest and interview suspects is this ethical as further forensic evidence may arise and I believe a C.S.I is supposed to be neutral.

Thank you

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
The fact of making an arrest and conducting an interview does not render a police officer biased.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

So just to summarise, there is no problem with being a C.S.I and a police officer on the same case.

Thanks

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
It depends what you mean by CSI but not reason that you think.
A forensic examiner is not a police officer. They are scientists effectively or medical evidence gatherers. The police cannot do that not reasons really but reasons.
If you mean a SOCO officer then they are police officers and can make arrests.
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