Crime Scene and Physical Evidence Awareness

For Non-Forensic Personnel

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This manual aims at raising awareness of the importance of good practices in crime scene investigations and the nature and relevance of physical evidence. It covers issues related to the work at the scene, from the actions of the first responder(s) to the submission of evidence to the laboratory. As such, it provides the very basis for enabling more evidence-based reconstruction of events.

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Planning, organization and coordination of the work at the scene

Good planning is essential to the work at the scene. It includes gathering the maximum of readily available information by considering questions such as: What is believed to have taken place? What is the magnitude of the problem? Is any specialized expertise/medical assistance required? Are there any particular dangers at the scene? What other assistance might be required? Is the scene an indoor/outdoor scene? Is it a remote location? What local resources will be available? Who else needs to be informed? What equipment is required? What are the weather conditions? Other important aspects of the planning are: considering the nature of the incident, the context of the case, planning the expertise and equipment likely to be required, managing delays in attending the scene by ensuring its proper protection until the personnel and equipment arrive.

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