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NCJ Number: 136826 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Scene Note Taking
Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:42  Issue:3  Dated:(May/June 1992)  Pages:230-236
Author(s): P A Wertheim
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 7
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article outlines a systematic approach to note taking at a crime scene that involves strict adherence to prescribed procedures.
Abstract: There are two types of crime scene notes that should be used in combination. The first, a general overview, provides a descriptive view of the scene without extensive attention to details. This is the method of note taking used during the initial inspection of the scene and should be done without disturbing or handling the evidence. The second type of notes is the specific, finely detailed description of each area in the scene, each step taken during the search, and each piece of evidence located. The recording of all times is particularly crucial, such as the time the offense occurred, the time it was reported, the time the call was assigned, and the time the first officer arrived. Detailed notes should include information on all persons involved including victims, relatives, witnesses, suspects, police personnel, neighbors, and anyone else even remotely connected to the investigation. Precise locations are critical, and the crime itself should be described with attention to each element of the offense. The first officer on the scene should make notes on all vehicles in the area. Other subjects that should be included in the notes are weather conditions, the state of any body, and characteristics of physical evidence. 6-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Crime scene; Report writing
Index Term(s): Investigative techniques
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