Crime scene and physical evidence awareness for non-forensic personnel

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

The primary target audience of the manual is non-forensic personnel, i.e. first responders and any person involved in the crime scene investigation process without full-fledged training, to help them understand the importance of their actions and the consequences of not applying basic principles of good practice. The manual also targets policy makers, the judiciary and others having to assess, and/or base decisions on evidence presented to them.


      Introduction and purpose
    PART I
      The value of physical evidence and the concept of chain-of-custody
      Forensic science services and the crime scene investigation process
      Legal, ethical and human dignity considerations
      Health and safety considerations
      Planning, organization and coordination of the work at the scene
      Preservation of the scene and its evidence
      Documentation of the scene and its evidence
      Recognition, recovery and preservation of physical evidence
      Transportation, storage and submission of evidence to the laboratory
      Types of physical evidence potentially present at crime scenes, and their evidential value

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology

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