Crime scene investigators are the foundation for every criminal investigation. The admissibility and persuasiveness of evidence in court, and in turn, the success of a case, is largely dependent upon the evidence being properly collected, recorded, and handled for future analysis by investigators and forensic analysts in the lab. Complete Crime Scene Investigation Handbook is the most complete, one-stop practical reference for law enforcement and crime scene professionals as well as attendees looking to enter the field.
The book provides step-by-step methods and best practice protocols for effectively finding, recognizing, recording, collecting, preserving, handling, and packaging evidence. With more than 650 full color photos and illustrations the book covers:
- The investigative team and its responsibilities
- The rules for forensic search and seizure
- Proper documentation of evidence via note-taking, photography, and sketching
- Search patterns and the special considerations for various searches
- The use of alternative light sources
- Presumptive tests via luminol and other methods
- Latent fingerprint processing
- Evidence collection and packaging
- Serological, trace, firearms, toolmark, footwear, tire, and digital evidence
- Injury documentation
- Appendices with a full complement of sample forms, equipment lists, and checklists to assist in crime scene investigation
A special considerations section reviews topics such as shooting scene and bloodstain documentation, clandestine graves and scattered human remains, fire scenes, and questioned document evidence. The final chapters examine how to develop a working plan and processing methodology as well as effective report writing. This book is a must-have reference for experienced forensic, crime scene, and investigative professionals as well as attendees in forensic science programs looking to enter the field.