Essential Items for Crime Scene Personnel

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 7:00pm


Responding crime scene officer(s) must be prepared to process a scene at a moments notice. Officers should keep essential items readily available in police vehicles or readily available toolkits. Below is a list of must have items as well some handy optional tools and gear.Responding crime scene officer(s) must have the following items readily available. Officers should keep them in police vehicles or readily available toolkits.

  • Bindle paper.
  • Biohazard bags.
  • Bodily fluid collection kit (sterile swabs, distilled water, — optional presumptive tests [opens in pop-up window], and sterile packaging that allows the swabs to air dry).
  • Camera (plus memory cards, back up battery, remote flash, tripod and remote cord).
  • Evidence seals/tape.
  • Flashlight(s) with extra batteries.
  • Footwear casting materials.
  • Graph paper and pencils, small ruler or straight edge.
  • Latent print [opens in pop-up window] kit.
  • Measuring devices (e.g, measuring wheel, tape measures of varying lengths).
  • Multifunction utility tool.
  • Notebook.
  • Paper bags (various sizes).
  • Permanent markers.
  • Personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, booties, hair covering, overalls and mask).
  • Placards.
  • Plastic resealable bags (various sizes)
  • Scales for photography.
  • Spray paint, chalk, etc.
  • Syringe/knife tubes.
  • Tweezers(disposable).

Optional items. Officers may need to use other items, and may wish to have them readily available in their police vehicle. These items include:

  • Audio recorder.
  • Biohazard labels.
  • Bloodstain pattern examination kit.
  • Business cards.
  • Backup camera.
  • Chalk.
  • Chemical enhancement supplies.
  • Cutting instruments (knives, box cutter, scalpel, scissors).
  • Directional marker/compass.
  • Disinfectant.
  • Distilled water.
  • Entomology (insect) collection kit.
  • Evidence collection containers (e.g., jars, paper bags, resealable plastic bags, metal paint style cans).
  • Evidence identifiers [opens in pop-up window].
  • Evidence seals/tape.
  • Extension cords.
  • Fingerprint ink pad and pint cards for elimination prints.
  • Flags (surveyor type) for marking evidence and setting up search patterns.
  • Forensic light source (alternate light source [opens in pop-up window], UV lamp/laser, goggles).
  • Generator.
  • Gunshot residue kit.
  • High-intensity lights.
  • Labels.
  • Laser trajectory kit.
  • Magnifying glass.
  • Maps.
  • Marker stickers such as numbers, letters, arrows, scales.
  • Marking paint/snow wax.
  • Metal detector.
  • Mirror.
  • Nail clippers and orange peeler (for collecting debris under suspect fingernails).
  • Phone listing (important numbers).
  • Pocket knife.
  • Presumptive blood test supplies.
  • Privacy screens.
  • Protrusion rod set.
  • Rakes.
  • Razor blades or knife (knife must have blades that can be broken off after each use).
  • Reflective vest.
  • Refrigeration or cooling unit.
  • Respirators with filters.
  • Roll of string.
  • Rubber bands.
  • Screen sifters.
  • Sexual assault evidence collection kit (for victim and suspect).
  • Shoe print lifting equipment.
  • Tarps to protect evidence from the weather.
  • Templates (scene and human).
  • Thermometer.
  • Tool kit.
  • Traffic cones.
  • Trajectory rods.
  • Waterless hand wash (towelette with germicide).

From: NIJ Crime Scene Guides



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