Happy 2021!

To start the first blog of 2021, I wanted to answer this student question:

How do crime scene investigators determine what object or evidence is important to the crime scene?

It is nearly impossible to document and list all the objects/evidence that could be conceivably important to the scene being investigated. Each crime scene is unique and must be treated as a stand-alone when compared to other similar scenes. For example, the investigator may be called to two homicide scenes on the same day, however, this does not mean the scenes are the same. Each scene has its own peculiar history, circumstances, environments, events leading the scene, location, and victims.

The trained investigator has experience in recognizing, collecting, analyzing, and documenting evidence that may be/is related to the scene. The investigator can make logical decisions and conclusions when investigating scenes with unexpected or uncommon elements not observed in other scenes; remember, every scene is different.

Crime Scene Investigators are not processing and documenting scenes based on memorized investigative steps. They must be innovative, determined, focused, and exhibit a sense of forward-thinking when collecting evidence others may deem unnecessary or unrelated.

~Terri

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