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NCJ Number: 221093 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Crime-Scene Personnel When Responding to Scenes of Mass Disaster
Author(s): John S. Morgan Ph.D.
Editor(s): Kristi Mayo
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In an interview with Dr. John S. Morgan the National Institute of Justice’s Assistant Director for Science and Technology, the role that NIJ serves and plays in the field of disaster response is discussed.
Abstract: Disaster response has always been an important role for government agencies at all levels. But, since September 11, 2001, there has been an increased emphasis across the country on response readiness. One Federal agency that has been actively working to help responders prepare for the range of potential disasters is the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ). NIJ has a number of programs is the area of disaster response. The Evidence Technology Magazine recently interviewed John S. Morgan, Assistant Director for Science and Technology at NIJ on NIJ’s involvement in the response by State and local law enforcement to mass-causality situations. This paper presents the question-answer interview. Some of the key points identified in the interview include (1) NIJ’s formation of the Kinship and Data Analysis Panel to provide assurance to the victims’ families and to the public; (2) the development of a printed guide for human identification, entitled Mass Fatality Incidents, containing basic information that law enforcement agencies should be familiar with concerning mass-disaster response; (3) NIJ’s recommendation that all human remains, personal effects, and other items be considered as evidence when they are recovered; and (4) the most important thing an agency can do in planning a response to a mass-disaster is communication, proper communication among all parts of the local government.
Main Term(s): Disaster procedures
Index Term(s): Contingency planning; Crisis management; Emergency communications; Emergency procedures; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); Police emergency procedures
Note: Downloaded on January 8, 2008. Published in the January-February issue V. 4, No. 1, 2006, Evidence Technology Magazine.
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