Prime Forensic Consulting offers the following services:
- Firearm/Toolmark Identification – Tool Mark Identification is the discipline of forensic science that has as its primary objective to determine if a tool mark was made by a particular tool. Firearm Identification, a sub-discipline of Toolmark Identification, is directed at determining if a bullet, cartridge case, or other ammunition component was fired by a particular firearm. Firearm/Toolmark Identification is possible because the surfaces of a fabricated item, such as a firing pin or a knife blade, will as a result of manufacturing, and then augmented by subsequent wear and tear, have tiny imperfections and irregularities at the microscopic level. These microscopic imperfections are transferred to softer objects during the use of the tool and are what allows the Firearm /Toolmark Examiner to establish a link between the tool and the tool mark.
- Shooting Incident Reconstruction (SIR) – SIR is the discipline of forensic science that is dedicated to evaluating the physical evidence involved in a shooting incident and using these observations to reconstruct what happened. These reconstructions often require the evaluation of a variety of information such as:
- the presence of gunshot residues on skin, clothing, or other surfaces.
- trace evidence from around bullet holes/impact sites as well as trace evidence recovered on the bullets themselves.
- the cartridge case ejection pattern created by a firearm.
- the ricochet and /or terminal impact behavior of projectiles.
- the special properties of some materials that allow for the sequencing of shots.
- Case Evaluation – Case evaluation involves the review of the work of investigators to ensure that the investigation is thorough and the factual findings and analyses are sound. Case reviews are conducted in an objective and independent manner and adhere to high standards of ethical conduct. These evaluations are conducted and the findings are made, without bias or concern for personal interest.