In 1971, Professor Robinson began his career in law enforcement when he joined the Arlington County (VA) Police Department (ACPD). He was promoted to Police Agent (CSI), in 1980. In 1983, he was promoted to Master Police Officer, the top level CSI. He enjoyed crime scene evidence collection so much that he remained there for the remainder of his career.
In 1988, he attended the Virginia Forensic Science Academy in Richmond, Va. CSI from around the state were trained by the state crime laboratory to collect, preserve and package evidence so that it could most effectively be analyzed by their examiners.
In 1990, Professor Robinson was assigned to coordinate the in-house Advanced Evidence Collection School and was asked to develop a list of appropriate texts candidates could study in preparation for the tests. Not finding an adequate text in crime scene photography, he wrote the photography manual, "Basic Police Photography Manual," for the department.
In 1991, he received the Master of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University.
In 1996, after 25 years, he retired from the ACPD, and immediately began working as a civilian supervisor with the Baltimore County Police Department's Forensic Services Section (Crime Lab), supervising mainly civilian CSI, and training all new hires. In 1999, he was appointed to a full-time teaching position in the Forensic Science Program of National University, San Diego, Calif.
He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Forensic Sciences at GW in 2000 to create the CSI concentration.
MFS, George Washington University
The third edition of Crime Scene Photography, written by Associate Professor Edward Robinson, won a Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Award in 2017 in the Textbook/Best in Social Sciences category. Presented by the Association of American Publishers, the annual awards recognize distinguished professional and scholarly books, reference works, journals and electronic content. The awards are judged by peer publishers, academics, librarians and medical professionals.