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NCJ Number: 200804 Find in a Library
Title: Collecting Scent as Evidence
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:30  Issue:6  Dated:June 2003  Pages:130,132,134
Author(s): Rebecca Kanable
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the collecting of scent evidence at a crime scene to provide a better understanding as to the benefits of scent evidence in solving crime.
Abstract: Scent evidence is valuable because it can establish probable cause for arrest or provide positive identification in some cases. Human scent, like fingerprints, is unique to each individual and cannot be masked. Scent discriminating dogs can detect sweat, oils, gases, and shed skin cells. Scent discriminating dogs are beneficial to law enforcement in many ways. In addition, scent can be collected by placing a sterile gauze pad on the evidence and trapping the scent in the gauze. This is accomplished with the Scent Transfer Unit, STU-100. However, when it involves proving a person’s innocence or guilt in court these methods have been controversial and require corroborative evidence. The future holds hope in proving beyond a shadow of a doubt to the scientific community that scent is evidence, that it’s always there and trackable, and that it has the ability to be used to solve crimes.
Main Term(s): Evidence
Index Term(s): Crime Scene Investigation; Evidence collection; Evidence identification; Police dogs
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