Terri here. I was watching some Investigation Discovery episodes about murder cases and the episode I'm watching has do with the Pamela Smart case (she was accused and later convicted of murdering her husband in 1990).

This led me to start thinking about the investigative protocol all agencies have in place for their personnel--law enforcement, forensic professionals, and medico-legal investigators--to follow.

So what is The Investigative Protocol?

Protocols are in place to provide steps professionals follow during investigations. These protocols help provide standards of expectations and processes so there is continuity and uniformity for each investigation. It also helps to reduce chances of cross contamination.

The Investigative Protocol includes:

  • preserve the crime scene
  • retain/segregate witnesses
  • conduct a walk-through of scene
  • search for evidence
  • record the crime scene
  • locate all evidence
  • collect and preserve all evidence

The Investigative Protocol can be applied to first responders, medico-legal investigators, crime scene investigators, detectives, and other professionals involved in a specific case. Following The Investigative Protocol allows each member to fulfill his/her part in the investigation and helps to maintain the integrity of the investigation and the evidence.

Enjoy your weekend!