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Chapter 3: Actions of the initial responding officer
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initial responding officers, crime scene technicians, investigators, and laboratory scientists
what four entities must work together?
standard operating procedures (SOP) and custum
What two things define specific responsibilities differently in different organizations
sets the stage for a successful processing of the crime scene by bringing control to what is generally a chaotic situation
what does the initial responding officer do?
bring the site under control and coordinate resources
what is the responding officer's objective?
1. document the provided information
2. not become a casualty
3. provide emergency care
4. secure and control the scene and all those in it
5. release the scene to the appropriate authorities
what must the responding officer due in order to gain control of the scene?
1. is this a crime in progress and are therre suspects on the scene?
2. are there natural hazards present that can inhibit or harm first responders?
3. are there man-made hazards present that can endangeer firs responders?
what three specifici areas/questions should the respondin officer consider before arrivin on scene
lifesaving always takes prority over evidence preservation
what is the rule regrading emergency care?
they must take steps to aid the injured and ensure that proper medical care is in en route
what must the officer due if they arrive before EMS?
Can police officers establish who is beyond medical help and who is not?
Can officers hamper or prevent access to the scene in the name of evidence preservation?
primary focal points, natural entry and exist points, secondary scenes
what three things must the officer consider when establishing an initial perimeter?
primary focal points
naturally gravitate or led to these points; always stand out to the officer
natural entry and exist points
where perpetrator entered and existed the scene
linking the focal points with natural entry and exit points
how will the officer detemine the primary scene?
staging areas, loaded up, deposited as they fled,
crime scene control log
documents who enters and exists the scene and for what reason
protecting the crime scene from our own actions
what is an important and critical aspect of maintaining crime scene integrity?
protect and or collect it to prevent its destruction
what should the officer do if fragile evidence is present on scene?
to document who entered the crime scene and why
what is the purpose of the crime scene entry log?
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