As a crime scene officer, your first task is to secure and protect the scene. But when you’re faced with adverse weather conditions, barrier tape alone won’t be enough.
Let’s start at the beginning. The crime scene must first be properly documented; only then can evidence be collected. Photography and diagramming are your tools here. First, get out the camera and take pictures.
The Albuquerque Police Crime Lab Responds: “Citizen’s CSI Academy” 30 Hours; No Commercial Breaks
Penn State’s undergraduate forensic science program combines a solid foundation in the sciences with practical, hands-on training, ushering in a new way to train forensic scientists for the future.
This annual IAI conference as well as the smaller regional conferences held around the country, are key to keeping crime scene professionals up-to-date on methods and technologies.
This book examines serial predatory behavior in two main parts. The first deals with behavioral profiling, covering its history and schools of thought in the mainstream media. The second part deals specifically with various types of serial crime.
Arguably, the most important person at a crime scene is the first officer to arrive. The first responding officer often makes or breaks a crime scene.
This issue of Forensic Magazine is dedicated to facilities – crime labs, medical examiner’s office, and the like. So what’s that got to do with the crime scene folks? More than you may realize.
In this column, I will discuss the documentation of wounds, weapons, drugs, and medications as well as identifying the deceased and the notification of the family; documenting trace evidence; processing the scene; and wrapping up the scene.
Today, more than ever, the quality of evidence in criminal cases is scrutinized in the courtroom. Both defense and prosecuting attorneys look to the manner in which evidence is collected and handled to bolster their cases.
If someone tells me it can’t be done, I try to figure out how to do it. I have the tendency to look at things a little differently.
Many locations may appear relatively benign but can hold hidden hazards with potentially fatal consequences for any who enter unprepared. These hazards can include, depending on conditions; lack of oxygen, toxic or flammable gases, risk of entrapment/engulfment, physical or mechanical hazards, and crushing or entombment from soil collapse.
Last issue, I covered how to record information relating to the coroner, body removal, and body identification. I then detailed how to record information if the body is found in a structure. But what about bodies found in the water? In a vehicle? In an open area?
The importance of documenting everything you observe at a death scene is crucial to eliminating questions during prosecution. I recommend the use of a checklist to keep track of the crime scene.