Crime scene processing is one of the most critical stages of investigating and prosecuting crimes. Without a thorough crime scene investigation, key elements of a crime may not be recognized or established. Although each crime scene will vary slightly, there are essential crime scene investigation practices which can guide crime scene personnel in physical evidence recovery and methodical documentation. Physical evidence recovered from the crime scene may take various forms; therefore, having an understanding of the types of physical evidence which may be encountered at a crime scene will aid the investigator in locating and collecting the most valuable evidence. Developing proper documentation and evidence collection practices is critical for any crime scene investigator.
This three-day Crime Scene Investigation Fundamentals course is designed to introduce crime scene personnel to essential crime scene processing methods that can be employed at any type of scene. Initial crime scene response, note taking, diagramming, and photography principles will all be covered. The various types of evidence typically located at crime scenes will be discussed, as well as methods for proper collection, development, and preservation of located evidence. Advanced techniques will be discussed briefly as an introduction for participants.
Practical exercises will be utilized throughout the course to enhance the learning experience. All practical activities are designed to provide participants with a foundation to better approach crime scenes and employ best practices. At the culmination of this training, students will be well equipped to approach crime scenes with knowledge and essential tools to perform a systematic crime scene investigation.
Initial Scene Response, Notes, Diagramming
Crime Scene Photography
Crime Scene Photography Review
Scene Search, Physical Evidence, Evidence Collection, Presumptive Testing
Friction Ridge Development and Processing Techniques