Releasing a Crime Scene
Once the scene is processed, it can be released. Before release, do a final walk through with a fresh look. You might see something you missed. You might find a tool of your own you left behind! Next, get together with the detectives and district or county attorneys who may be present or worked on the case. As a team, review what has been covered during the death scene investigation. When you are all satisfied, formally release the scene. Record in your checklist, the name of the person authorized to release the crime scene and the date and time. Note the detective in charge and the D.A. or county attorney and whether or not the scene was secured and by what method. Document the date and time of release as well as the name, address, and phone of the person the scene was released to.
From: Wrapping Up the Scene by Dick Warrington