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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 following guidelines should be observed by all responding officers.
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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