Understanding How to Process a Crime Scene
There are different ways that you can process a crime scene. One of the main considerations when doing so is whether or not you are safe from the contamination that may be present. There are different safety concerns to address depending on what the scene is of and who you are dealing with. For example, if you were processing a scene for the police it would be best to remain as far away as possible from any potentially contaminated material.
In some instances the police will be called in order to assist in processing a crime scene. This could include a bomb hoax that was caused by an attempted suicide bomber or something as simple as a prank caller going through the mail to find a specific type of joke ring. In these cases you would have to assume the worst while working to complete the task at hand. It is also important to keep your safety in mind. Remember that you are dealing with human remains and bodily fluids that may be contaminated in some way.
When you process a crime scene, it is a good idea to follow any and all guidelines handed to you by the investigating authorities. If you do not follow the police’s guidelines and instructions, it is likely that you could become compromised while conducting your investigation. You could be accused of mishandling evidence or cutting corners when it comes to preserving physical evidence. If there is any way you can avoid being charged with any wrongdoing, it is always better to do so than to risk a criminal record.
A good place to start processing a crime scene would be at the local fire station. You will need to ensure that there is plenty of air ventilation in the area and that the body is properly disposed of. You will probably be asked to remain anonymous and to stay on the job until all the information is provided to you by the investigating authorities. Once the police have given you all the information they need it is time for you to go home and organize the pieces of the crime scene. You may want to photograph certain items first, like bullet shells oroses or other material evidence, and then arrange them in an organized fashion.
If it is your practice to create a crime scene that is as similar to a forensic investigation as possible, it may be beneficial to take photographs of the scene while you are processing it. There are many benefits to using photographs. First, it is possible to get a photograph of virtually anything you want if you have a digital camera. Second, you can obtain a better image of the damage or possible blood stains by using a digital camera instead of film. Third, it is easier to see the layers of dried blood or the dark blue color of chemical compounds that may have seeped into the carpet pad stains from blood spills.
You should also consider the physical aspects of processing a crime scene when determining how to process a crime scene. For example, you will need to remove any decaying or dead bodies or any foreign materials that were present at the scene prior to treatment. You may be dealing with toxic chemicals or substances. How to clean up a hazardous or toxic material is often dictated by the nature of the chemicals or substances involved. It is important to know and understand these materials so you can safely and properly clean up the scene.
Perhaps one of the most daunting tasks you will face in processing a crime scene is determining the proper odor of the scene. Odors can indicate a number of things, such as the decomposition of organic materials, human scent, or even a litany of chemical or biological substances produced by the killer. It is important to determine the source of the odor, if you cannot smell it on the body or clothing of the victim then you will have to determine where the source is coming from. This is oftentimes done with the aid of a police officer or a forensic anthropologist, and depending on the circumstances, you might have to use other tools to determine the source. The key is not to complicate the odor detection, because if you over complicate it then you will most likely end up missing the real source of the odor.
You must also learn how to properly restrain and protect yourself while processing the scene, and you must know how to properly get rid of any evidence that you might come across in the processing stages. Clean up is not unlimited; it must be completed in a timely manner, or the police department will be informed that your operation was illegal. These are all legal considerations you must take into account when processing a scene.