Cop science is nothing like you see on CSI. It’s nothing like regular science, either. A lot of it is incubated within the police forces, and not within the academy. So, say critics say many of the methods are not reliable, and lack peer-reviewed evidence. In fact, there have been some very high-profile wrongful convictions. This has led to a major reckoning in the forensic sciences. Our series examines the state of the field, and tells stories of those who were caught up in academic debates that were anything but academic.

These episodes received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Mitacs. The scholarly lead and editorial advisor on the project was Professor Emma Cunliffe at UBC. The lead research assistant was Roland Nadler, also at UBC.