Train Your Field Officers
Remember that working a crime scene should be a team effort for you and your department. One of the best things you can do is train the field officers and the first responders about your capabilities. These officers are your eyes in the field; it’s their job to call you when they see something that you can process. But if they don’t understand what you can do, they can overlook evidence, and you’ll never get that call. When I was on the force in Kansas, I made a point of teaching our patrolmen basic crime scene techniques like how to look for dust footprints and signs of DNA evidence, and it made a huge difference. Officers knew what to look for, and they called me to collect evidence that later proved to be invaluable to our cases.