Department of Forensic Medicine > Forensic investigations
The Department of Forensic Medicine carries out forensic investigations for the police, the courts and other authorities in Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands. We investigate the cause of death, alcohol and drug concentrations in the blood, violent assaults, paternity cases, dead bodies, body parts, etc.
- Forensic examination: The external examination of the body to determine the cause and method of death.
- Autopsy: External and internal examination of the body to determine the cause of death.
- Identification: Investigating teeth, distinguishing marks, fingerprints, skeletal matter, DNA etc.
- Analysis of human remains: Skeletal matters discovered may be examined to determine age and gender for use in police investigations or to help archaeologists and anthropologists in their work.
- Poisoning: A possible cause of death or a contributory factor? We analyse blood and tissue specimens from the deceased to find out.
- Primary or secondary crime scene investigations: If the police suspect unlawful killing the deceased is examined where the corpse was found.
- DNA tests: The analysis of biological trace evidence from crime scenes
- Toxins and drugs in the blood: Was the offender or the victim under the influence of drugs or intoxicated when the crime occurred?
- Examining victims and suspects: Obtaining trace evidence in cases of sexual violence or other assaults including bodily harm.
- Identifying offenders from CCTV records: In the case of bank robberies, etc.
- Analysing confiscated substances: These include tablets that the police suspect contain illegal drugs.
- Alcohol: We test blood if drunk driving is suspected
- Driving under the influence of medicines or drugs
- Paternity cases: We use DNA testing in paternity cases.
- Immigration cases: Are the parties related as claimed? We use DNA testing to confirm or disprove family relationships.
- Asylum seekers: We assess whether asylum seekers are over or under eighteen years of age.