Crime scene management skills are an extremely important component of an investigation because evidence that originates at the crime scene will provide a picture of events for the court to consider in its deliberations. Locard’s exchange principle argues that during the commission of a crime, evidence transfer occurs between the victim, suspect, and scene. In this paper, you will identify the key elements of crime scene management, the function served by each, as well as repercussions of allowing a scene to become contaminated or not establishing a solid chain of custody. Support your paper with examples from this week’s required material(s) and/or a minimum of three other scholarly or credible resources and properly cite any references.
Prior to beginning work on this assignment, please review the following:
- From the text:
- Chapter 3: Digital Forensics
- Chapter 6: Trace and Materials Evidence
- From the free, downloadable resource at the web page Crime Scene Investigation Guide (Links to an external site.): Section C: Processing the Scene
- From the free PDF copy at the web page Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward (2009) (Links to an external site.): Chapter 5: Descriptions of Some Forensic Science Disciplines
- The video Evidence and Forensics: Due Process
- From the video Forensic Science in Action: From Crime Scene to Courtroom:
- Segment 1. Discovery of a Crime Scene 03:45
- Segment 2. Crime Scene: Evidence Collection 03:03
- Segment 3. Gathering and Documenting Evidence at the Crime Scene 01:47
You are also strongly encouraged to review the recommended resources, as they will help you explore the different types of evidence, as well as proper packaging and processing.
In your paper, address the following:
- Explain why it is important to secure the crime scene and provide examples.
- Identify possible ways that evidence might be contaminated.
- Identify different methods that might be necessary to document evidence at a crime scene.
- Identify different collection methods that might be used at a crime scene.
- Explain chain of custody and why it is important.
- Identify the repercussions of failure to protect evidence or establish chain of custody.
- Explain how an investigator or forensic expert differentiates between what is or is not evidence.
The Crime Scene Management paper
- Must be 750 words in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted