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NCJ Number: 64670 Find in a Library
Title: RECORDING THE SCENE
Corporate Author: Police Science Services, Inc
United States of America
Project Director: H NELMS
Date Published: 1977
Sponsoring Agency: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Police Science Services, Inc
Niles, IL 60648
Sale Source: Police Science Services, Inc
6633 West Howard Street
Niles, IL 60648
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: TAPED INSTRUCTION MATERIAL WITH SLIDES TEACHES POLICE INVESTIGATORS HOW TO RECORD THE SCENE OF A CRIME USING FIELD NOTES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND SKETCHES, ALL OF WHICH ARE NECESSARY FOR REPORT COMPLETENESS.
Abstract: A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE INVESTIGATORS' RECORD IS ESSENTIAL TO PROSECUTORS FOR CASE PLANNING AND TO THE INVESTIGATING OFFICERS THEMSELVES IN SUBSTANTIATING AND CLARIFYING COURT TESTIMONY. A NECESSARY ACCOMPANIMENT TO THE RECORD FIELD NOTES SHOULD GIVE A DETAILED WRITTEN RECORD OF THE SCENE AND ANY PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, FACTS OBTAINED FROM TALKING TO WITNESSES, AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE INVESTIGATORS' ACTIVITIES DURING THE SEARCH. SUCH NOTES ARE IDEAL FOR RECORDING VEHICLE SPEED, TEMPERATURES, ODORS, AND OTHER IMPRESSIONS THAT PHOTOGRAPHS OR SKETCHES CANNOT CONVEY. WHILE PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDE A PERMANENT VISUAL RECORD, THEY CANNOT CAPTURE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS, TEXTURES, AND MINUTE OBJECTS, SO THE SKETCH FILLS THESE GAPS. SKETCHES ALSO PROVIDE A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF THE SCENE, AND IDENTIFY ALL RELEVANT OBJECTS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO EACH OTHER. AMONG SHORTCOMINGS OF SKETCHES ARE THEIR INABILITY TO RELAY INFORMATION ON QUALITY OR CHARACTER OF SETTINGS AND THEIR PREPARATION TIME. THE PROCESS OF RECORDING A CRIME SCENE REQUIRES FIVE CLEARLY DEFINED STEPS: (1) SECURING THE SCENE, (2) TAKING PRELIMINARY NOTES, (3) TAKING OVERVIEW PHOTOGRAPHS, (4) MAKING A BASIC SKETCH, (5) RECORDING EACH SEPARATE ITEM OF EVIDENCE. SPECIFIC DETAILS FOR THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF EACH STEP ARE DELINEATED. THE KIT INCLUDES STUDY NOTES AND A QUIZ. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Crime Scene Investigation; Criminal investigation training; Evidence collection; Photography; Police reports
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THE KIT CONTAINS 80 COLOR SLIDES, AN AUDIOCASSETTE, STUDY NOTES, AND A 38 PAGE INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDE. A PROFESSIONAL PROCEDURES PROGRAM.
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