Moreau, Dale M. Crime Scene Search As a Process. Forensic Science Training
Unit, FBI Academy. Quantico, Virginia.
Abstract: This article provides information related to the management
of a crime scene and the procedures for collecting evidence. The author
suggests a set of guidelines for the administration of a crime scene, although
there is no definitive set of rules that will apply to all crime scenes.
A successful crime scene search begins before a crime is ever committed.
Training, planning, and organization are key components to a search that
will yield valuable information.
The major goals of a crime scene investigation are to collect physical
evidence, reconstruct the crime, identify a suspect, and link the suspect
to the crime scene. Physical evidence provides impartial facts that alone
may not prove much. However, when combined with witness statements and other
factors, physical evidence becomes vital, especially in a courtroom. When
collecting, preserving, and documenting evidence, the investigator must
keep in mind that this evidence will end up in court. Law enforcement officials
must work together to procure accurate and objective evidence from a crime
This article provides a basic procedure for the management of a successful
crime scene. The steps include: (1) approach scene; (2) secure an protect
scene; (3) preliminary survey; (4) narrative description; (5) photograph
scene; (6) sketch scene; (7) evaluate latent fingerprint evidence; (8) evaluate
physical evidence; (9) detailed search; (10) collect, record, mark, and
preserve evidence; (11) final survey to insure scene has been documented
thoroughly; (12) release scene.
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