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1) the first officer arriving is responsible for preserving and protecting the area as much as possible; note any vehicles or people leaving scene
-evaluate victim's condition and record any statements
-first priority is getting medical help for people who need it and arresting the perpetrator
2) More officers arrive, boundaries made to isolate area. Ropes, barricades, guards
-detain potential suspects or witnesses still at the scene, exclude unauthorized personnel.
-responding officers must keep an accurate log of who enters and exits the scene
3) Onse secured, lead investigator evaluates area. Determines boundaries of scene and establishes perpetrators path of entry and exit. Identify, document, and photograph obvious items of crime-scene evidence
4) Investigator proceeds with an initial walk-through of the scene to gain an overview of the situation and develop a strategy for systematically examing and documenting the entire crime scene.
have limited time with undisturbed crime scene
-includes notes, photography, and sketches.
-useful during investigation and also required for presentation at a trial to document the condition of the crime site and delineate location of physical evidence
-personnel and monetary limits prevent use of photos at every crime site, so department guidelines establish priorities for photo resources