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Crime Scene Equipment Checklist

What is in your crime scene response vehicle? Below is a list of suggested crime scene equipment and supplies found in the publication Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement (2013).

Essential Equipment

  • Bindle paper
  • Biohazard bags
  • Body fluid collection kit
  • Camera with flash and tripod; extra film, if not digital; extra flash memory cards, if digital
  • Casting materials
  • Consent/search forms
  • Crime scene barricade tape
  • Cutting instruments (knives, box cutter, scalpel, scissors, etc.)
  • Directional marker/compass
  • Disinfectant (such as a 10% bleach solution)
  • Evidence collection containers including rigid containers for firearms and ammunition boxes, pie boxes with sheet cotton for document recovery; manila folders
  • Evidence identifiers (numbers, placards)
  • Evidence seals/tape
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • High-intensity lights
  • Latent print kit
  • Magnifying glass
  • Measuring devices
  • Permanent markers
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Photographic scale (ruler)
  • Presumptive blood test supplies
  • Sketch paper
  • Tool kit
  • Tweezers/forceps
  • Window screen fabric in rolls or sheets

Optional Equipment

  • Audiotape recorder
  • Bloodstain pattern examination kit
  • Business cards
  • Chalk
  • Chemical enhancement supplies
  • Compass
  • Entomology (insect) collection kit
  • Extension cords
  • Flares
  • Forensic light source (alternate light source, UV lamp/laser, goggles)
  • Generator
  • Gunshot residue kit
  • Laser trajectory kit
  • Maps
  • Marking paint/snow wax
  • Metal detector
  • Mirror
  • Phone listing (important numbers)
  • Privacy screens
  • Protrusion rod set
  • Reflective vest
  • Refrigeration or cooling unit
  • Respirators with filters
  • Roll of string.
  • Rubber bands.
  • Sexual assault evidence collection kit (victim and suspect)
  • Shoe print lifting equipment
  • Templates (scene and human)
  • Thermometer
  • Traffic cones
  • Trajectory rods
  • Video recorder
  • Wireless phone

Evidence Collection Kits

  • Blood Collection Kit
    • Bindle
    • Coin envelopes
    • Disposable scalpels
    • Distilled water or single use sterile water droppers
    • Evidence identifiers
    • Drying box
    • Latex gloves
    • Photographic ruler (ABFO scales)
    • Presumptive chemicals
    • Swabs
  • Fingerprint Kit

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Final Filing Date: December 13, 2017
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Final Filing Date: December 31, 2017
Analysts in the Digital Evidence section conduct detailed laboratory examination and analysis of computer evidence involved in criminal cases at the request of law enforcement agencies.
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Forensic Scientist Trainee, Latent Prints
Nassau County Medical Examiner, Division of Forensic Services, East Meadow, New York, USA

Final Filing Date: February 2, 2018
Participates, under the direct supervision of a higher level Forensic Scientist in the Latent Print Section, in a program of study that will enable the incumbent to become proficient in Latent Print Processing and Comparisons.
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Police Property & Evidence Specialist
Oviedo Police Department, Oviedo, Florida, USA

Final Filing Date: December 6, 2017
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