Crime Scene Investigation

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Crime Scene Investigation CRJ 320 Crime Scene Investigation One of the most important aspects of being trained in Law Enforcement is the ability to conduct a crime scene investigation. The ability to contain and not contaminate the crime scene while also gathering information is a daunting task for any individual. Taking steps to insure the scene is secure, wounded are cared for and that evidence remains intact are just a few of the necessary tasks. Attorney General Janet Reno once stated that “Actions taken in these first few hours of investigation at a crime scene can play a pivotal role in the resolution of a case. Careful, thorough investigation is key to ensuring+ the potential physical evidence is not tainted or destroyed or potential witnesses overlooked. I am sure many agencies have programs in crime scene processing, the level of training and resources available varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.” (Reno, 2000) Assembling a set of guidelines and conducting preliminary investigation for criminal cases are best described by the FBI. The initial responding officer(s) shall promptly, yet cautiously, approach and enter crime scenes, remaining observant of any persons, vehicles, events, potential evidence, and environmental conditions. A FBI report issued in 2005 details that general crimes are outlined into three graduated levels of investigative activity. These activities are the checking of initial leads, preliminary inquiries, and full investigations. With limited exceptions, these guidelines provide that any lawful investigative technique may be used in preliminary inquiries and full investigations for crime scene investigation. (FBI, 2005) Before this is to take place we need to discuss the initial steps that will happen when First Responders arrive on scene. Or book describes the first steps when arriving at the Scene and the initial

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