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Respond with Caution

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 5:00am

Officers who arrive at a crime scene must be cautious and methodical. They should strive to preserve the scene with minimal contamination and should not disturb physical evidence.

The responding officer(s) should:

  • Note or log dispatch information (e.g., address/location, time, date, type of call, and parties involved).
  • Be aware of any persons or vehicles in or leaving the crime scene.
  • Approach the scene cautiously, scan the entire area, and note any possible secondary crime scenes.
  • Make initial observations (look, listen, smell) to assess the scene and ensure officer safety before proceeding.
  • Remain alert and attentive.
  • Treat the location as a crime scene until it has been assessed and determined to be otherwise.

From: NIJ  Crime Scene Guides

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