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Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement

NCJ Number
Date Published
January 2000
58 pages
Publication Series
This is a guide to recommended practices for crime scene investigation.
The guide is presented in five major sections, with sub-sections as noted: (1) Arriving at the Scene: Initial Response/Prioritization of Efforts (receipt of information, safety procedures, emergency care, secure and control persons at the scene, boundaries, turn over control of the scene and brief investigator/s in charge, document actions and observations); (2) Preliminary Documentation and Evaluation of the Scene (scene assessment, "walk-through" and initial documentation); (3) Processing the Scene (team composition, contamination control, documentation and prioritize, collect, preserve, inventory, package, transport, and submit evidence); (4) Completing and Recording the Crime Scene Investigation (establish debriefing team, perform final survey, document the scene); and (5) Crime Scene Equipment (initial responding officer/s, investigator/evidence technician, evidence collection kits). Appendixes

Date Published: January 1, 2000