I’ve watched many (or maybe some depending on your definition) TV shows like Law and Order, Law and Order Spinoffs, Criminal Minds, The Closer etc.
In all these shows it seems like the detectives have a very well staffed forensic services (labs?) at their beck and call. The services I allude to are :
1> A psychologist to determine mental competency
2> DNA tests - and DNA matching to a database - very prompt and no limits on the number of samples
3> Chemist or forensic scientist to check for fibers, minute components (Gas Chromatography / Molecular Spectroscopy )
4> Autopsy specialist - looking at various parts of the body and determining cause of death
5> Ballistics specialists
These all services appear to be very expensive and I would guess the people in these jobs would make a lot more working outside.
So my question is - Are the above services as competent and well funded as shown in these shows ?