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Title: Scene of the Crime: U.S. Government Forensic Handbook
Corporate Author: Federal Law Enforcement Training Ctr (FLETC)
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 99
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Law Enforcement Training Ctr (FLETC)
Washington, DC 20528
Paladin Press
Boulder, CO 80301
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87364-701-7
Sale Source: Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle
Gunbarrel Tech Center
Boulder, CO 80301
United States of America
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handbook is designed as a quick reference for known procedures for the collection, preservation, and transmittal to a forensic laboratory of many types of evidence for examination and analysis.
Abstract: Although the handbook was written primarily for personnel in Treasury law enforcement careers, it can be useful for all law enforcement personnel. The handbook describes basic steps designed to minimize the omission or contamination of evidence that could be found at crime scenes for 10 different offenses. These offenses are armed assault, arson, bombing, breaking and entering, clandestine operation, counterfeiting, hit-and-run, narcotics violation, questioned documents, and rape/homicide. Following the section on the management of crime scenes for these offenses, a section presents procedures for the collection and preservation of 14 types of evidence. These are body fluids, explosives and incendiaries, fabrics, fingerprints, firearms and ammunition, food and drug specimens, glass, hair and fibers, impressions, liquids and viscous substances, metals, paint, questioned documents, and soil. Information on the collection and preservation of "miscellaneous" evidence addresses cigarette butts-tobacco, jewelry, magnetic tape recordings, small objects, and writing instruments. The section on the transmittal of evidence to a laboratory includes information on general procedures and a sample transmittal letter. Another section discusses laboratory analysis and examination time for the 14 types of evidence. A glossary is included.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Blood/body fluid analysis; Crime scene; Criminology; Document analysis; Evidence collection; Evidence preservation; Explosives tagging; Fingerprints; Firearms identification; Glass analysis; Hair and fiber analysis; Metal identification; Police; Toolmark identification
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