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CHE 113-Textbook-Ch. 2

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Syracuse University
CHE 113

Monday, January 20, 2014 Chapter 2 - The Crime Scene▯ Processing the Crime Scene physical evidence: any objects that can be used to identify whether or not a crime took place; physical evidence can link the crime, victim, and accused together.▯ ▯ Step 1: Securing and Isolating the Crime Scene▯ ▯ First responding officer responsibilities include the following (respectively):▯ • taking note of any vehicles or individuals leaving the scene area▯ • if medical attention is needed, FRO should direct personnel through an indirect path away to avoid tainting potential physical evidence▯ • take note of the victim’s condition and any of the victim’s statements regarding the incident▯ • remove any unauthorized personnel in a caring matter▯ • close off crime scene with ropes, tape, or barricades▯ • keep note of when and who enters / exits the scene▯ first responding officer: the initial authorized personnel to arrive at the scene▯ 
 Leader investigator responsibilities include the following (respectively):▯ • determine the perpetrator’s path of entry or exit▯ • documentation of any physical evidence (photographs and/or note taking)▯ • complete a walk-through of the scene to get an overview of what took place▯ • NOTE: nobody should smoke, eat, drink, etc. during the initial investigation! Doing so may taint evidence. Toilets should not be flushed, faucets turned off / on, etc. All objects should be avoided at all costs!▯ lead investigator: enters the scene once it is closed and secure▯ ▯ Step 2: Recording the Crime Scene▯ Time is precious! The note recorder must document the scene quickly and accurately, as he / she will have to present the evidence in court.▯ Recording Methods:▯ A. Note-taking▯ A. To begin, the lead investigator or the recorder should document the date, time and who called attention to the scene▯ B. Record tasks assigned to each team member▯ C. Mark location of observed evidence (if murder / suicide, record state of body before medical personnel take action)▯ D. Tape-recoding notes is a faster way to document than writing; audiotapes should be narrated with the looks of the scene▯ ▯ B. Photographing▯ A. Photos should be taken from various angles▯ Mik Monday, January 20, 2014 B. In the case of a murder, photos should display body position, injuries, and one corpse is removed, where the body once was▯ C. Rulers may be photographed in order to show relative size▯ D. If scene is enclosed, all four walls must appear in pictu
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