Soldiers from the 203rd MP Bn., along with law enforcement professionals Donnie Weller and David Diaz, held a two-week evidence collection course in April at the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Basra, Iraq, designed to implement standardized evidence collection procedures for the IP.
For some major cases, crime scene officers need additional help processing the scene. Many departments are looking to evidence response technicians (ERTs) to solve the problem.
A slightly different technique for collecting tool mark impression evidence.
Today’s high-tech world greatly increases our ability to put the “bad guys” in jail. But technology only takes you so far. As crime scene officers, we have to expand the role we play in order to take full advantage of the technology out there.
Some of your most important prep work for a crime scene should occur before you ever leave your office. Remember to keep your crime scene vehicle fully stocked with the equipment and supplies that you’re likely to need no matter the type of crime scene.
An accurate and methodical technique for documenting bloodstain patterns is invaluable in crime scene analysis.
Every crime scene is different. Yet, our primary job as crime scene investigators is always the same: to tie a suspect to the scene. The way to accomplish this goal is to collect as much evidence as possible from the scene and the suspect.
In order to provide a complete record of each scene, you need field notes and diagrams, along with relevant still photographs that correlate with those notes and diagrams.
One of the most basic—and most important—tasks a crime scene officer has is locating, collecting, packaging, and marking evidence found at a crime scene. In this article, I’ll address the marking of evidence collected.
Pertaining to the seizure of digital devices, there is some misunderstanding concerning what “executing the warrant within ten days” actually means.
In order to make the most of evidence, you need to know where to look for it, how to collect it, and how to package it. If you put in the effort to do the job right, you will be rewarded with an even stronger case.
When a call comes in, a crime scene officer must be ready to respond, no matter the situation. Depending on the situation, you'll need to protect your head, eyes, lungs, hands, feet, and occasionally your entire body.
I’m pleased to announce an exciting new feature available through Forensic Magazine®. Starting this month, you’ll be able to access a selection of crime scene videos directly from Forensic Magazine’s web site.
In this article, I’ll explain how to use careful observation to get the crime scene to talk to you about the crime.
No matter what you’re presented with, it’s up to you to capture all of the evidence you find and maintain its integrity. Let’s take a look at the best way to package the evidence you find at crime scenes.
As I travel around the country to lecture and teach at conferences and seminars, I always hear the same comment from crime scene investigators: the “CSI Effect” has profoundly affected the way they perform their job. Juries everywhere expect a high level of professionalism.
Who Says You Can't Do That? Protecting Your Crime Scene
By Dick Warrington
Here’s a scene you’ve probably encountered: an accident occurs on an interstate and traffic backs up in both directions because motorists have slowed down to get a better look. It’s human nature to be curious.
As crime scene officers we have the responsibility of protecting the crime scene and its integrity, and protecting the dignity of the victim. In this article, I’ll discuss problems you need to watch out for and products you can use to help protect your crime scene.
This issue’s Safety Guys column is the final one in our initial series on clandestine drug laboratories. This article will look at the next steps of conducting residual sampling, remediation, and final clearance assessments.
In this issue I’ll take a look at different types of prints and the decision-making that goes into processing them.
Suspects often leave important evidence throughout crime scenes: tire tracks, footprints, tool marks, extruder marks on different casings, etc. Casting can preserve this impression evidence for comparison work and analysis at the lab.
The tremendous popularity of the CSI television series and similar programs has led to a huge number of students interested in pursing a career as a crime scene officer.
Have you ever seen a bag phone? That was the early cell phone. And that’s just one example of how technology has changed in the last thirty years.
In an otherwise serene East Tennessee valley, people detonate automobiles, ignite houses, and bury corpses in clandestine graves. These events happen regularly here – three times a year – as the National Forensic Academy (NFA) hones the skills of crime scene investigators with simulated crimes.