Every year since 1999 when August 12 was declared the international youth day, young and vibrant individuals around the world gather together to celebrate the voice, actions, and engagements of other youths across the globe with the aim of promoting meaningful contributions and gaining new insight.

Several activities are carried out on this day, including conferences aimed at discussing crucial issues, concerts, sporting events, and anything at all that celebrates the youth. The day is dedicated to every youth who is a hero in their own little way — whether they’re involved in social change or driving innovative ideas and new discoveries in their professional or academic field.

Speaking of heroes, if you’re a lover of Sci-Fi, then you are probably aware the lead character, around whom the popular American TV series ‘Flash’ revolves, happens to be a young man who grows to become a forensic scientist after watching his mum die as a kid and his father go to jail for allegedly killing her.

Forensic science, otherwise known as criminalistics is the application of science to criminal and civil laws during investigations. the term derives from combining two Latin words, ‘forensis’ and ‘science’. ‘Forensis’ means ‘of or before the forum’ originating from the Romans in the nineteenth century and science, gotten from the word knowledge in Latin, meaning a systematic way of acquiring new and vital information. And there goes ‘Forensic Science’.

Every procedure in forensic science is carried out by a forensic scientist. The work of the forensic scientist is to obtain, preserve and analyse the scientific evidence gotten from any investigation just like Barry Allen of the much-acclaimed series ‘The Flash’ does in the alongside a detective, Joe West.

Some forensic scientists visit the crime scene to get the evidence while others work in the laboratory to analyse the already collected objects. They collect evidence like body fluids to determine if the DNA gotten from a crime scene matches the body fluid found. This is done methodically and without bias.

Outside the four walls of a forensic scientist’s laboratory, he or she can also serve as an expert witness in courts in both criminal and civil cases, either as the prosecution or the defense. Their knowledge is widely employed in crimes like rape, murder, and drug trafficking to mention a few of its applications.

It might interest you to know that Forensic Science is not a branch of science but rather, it is a catchall for the various branches of science. It involves a wide range of jobs in places ranging from those of law enforcement agencies, governments, private firms, and legal offices. Jobs like that of a forensic scientist, teacher, professor, forensic engineer, crime science investigator (CSI), crime reporter, and legal counselor among several others. You could also choose to start up your own forensic service office if you please.

As you join youths around the world to celebrate the international youth day, remember you need not a mask to fight crime. You can always study Forensic Science and, who knows, be the next ‘Barry Allen’ driving positive change.

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