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1115 Sexual Investigation
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1.] Any debris acquired during the assault
2.] Dried secretions such as semen, blood, and saliva collected with a moistened swab
3.] Scrapings from under fingernails
4.] The pubic hairs should be combed to obtain hairs or fibers that may have been left by the assailant
5.] Pulled hairs for comparison
6.] Vaginal swabs to collect any seminal fluids
7.] Rectal swabs if there was a rectal assault
8.] Oral swabs if oral-genital contact occurred
9.] Blood samples for DNA testing
10.] Saliva samples to determine if the victim is a secretor
Identify the use and application of victim and suspect rape kits in sexual assault investigations.
Secretors are the result of a group specific substance carried in the blood stream.
Secretors A, B, O blood group can be determined from any body fluid and includes 80% of the population
This can be compared to the secretor status of any biological fluid or stain found at the scene to include the victim or suspect.
Identify the meaning of the term "Secretor" and identify the possible importance in a criminal investigation of a suspect being a secretor.
The initial duty for the first officer on the scene of a sexual assault is to give aid to the victim. After aid is rendered, if at all possible you should briefly question the victim (if they can talk) about the circumstances of the assault.
Identify the initial duty of the first responding officer at the scene of any sexual assault incident.
1.] Should be questions about the circumstances surrounding the event
2.] Questions about the victims movement before and after
3.] Question the victim about their acquaintance with the suspect
Identify the various type of information that are to be obtained by the first responding officer or investigator during the initial investigation of a sexual assault.
1.] Photographs of the entire scene
2.] Tire impressions should be photographed and casted
3.] Shoe impressions can also be very valuable, particularly if the suspect denies being there
4.] Clothing and personal items should be carefully collected
5.] Used matches or matchbooks can also be valuable to help tie the victim to the suspect or a particular place
6.] Fingerprints should be checked for at all possible locations.
7.] Careful search for particles of soil etc., which may be connected to a suspect.
Identify the best way to locate and identify physical evidence at a sexual assault crime scene.
The unmarked patrol car is the best way to transport the victim to a hospital. This will help to minimize embarrassment and help prevent the loss of evidence.
Identify the best mode of transportation for taking a sexual assault victim to the hospital during non-emergency and non-life threatening circumstances.
It is important for the officer at the hospital to maintain the integrity of all evidence that is collected at the hospital. All blood samples, clothing, bedding, etc. should be collected and transported to the labs by that officer. The officer should also get a statement from the physician treating the victim.
Identify the duties of the investigating officer while present at the hospital with the sexual assault victim.
When conducting the interview with the victim it is important to conduct the interview in a comfortable environment free of distractions. It is often preferred that a female officer conducts the interview or at least be present. If a female officer is not available consider a nurse or social worker to help ease anxiety.
Identify the preferred environment for interviewing a sexual assault victim, including the persons who should be present or excluded during the interview.
The first interview is brief and conducted at the scene.
The second interview is conducted at the hospital or some comfortable setting and is an in-depth interview.
Identify what is meant by the term "the two interview process."
1.] Residence or other building
2.] In vehicles
3.] Outside area such as parks or fields
Identify the three types of locations where sexual assaults most commonly occur.
A thorough crime scene search is a must and attention to detail is necessary because you are interested in small items of evidence. Careful examination and recording of a crime scene should include photography of the scene and victim; tire impressions; shoe impressions; preservation of all clothing and personal belongings; fingerprints; and soil, seeds, and pollen. Items such as hair, blood, semen, trace items of fabric etc. are all of significant importance.
Identify the process used to search for and locate physical evidence at all of the above described areas.
1.] The benefit of follow-up investigations
2.] So facts are documented for future use
3.] For the prosecutor to decide information
4.] For courtroom testimony
Identify the reason(s) that a thorough and complete police report must be prepared concerning reported assaults.
Law enforcement agencies must notify the Missouri Department of Social Services as soon as possible after a first encounter with a person who reasonably appears to be a victim of trafficking, in order for the Missouri Department of Social Services to determine whether the person may be eligible for state or federal services, programs, or assistance. The Department may use the information provided in order to coordinate with relevant state, federal, and local agencies to evaluate appropriate services for victims of trafficking.
Identify the requirement to report adult victims of human trafficking to the Missouri Department of Social Services and the requirements to report human trafficking victims under the age of eighteen to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
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