Collecting Evidence In Crime Investigation

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Every crime scene has evidence and there is an extended process that must be followed in order to properly mark and preserve any evidence. Once an initial search of a crime scene has been done and all photographs or sketches have been completed it is then that investigators should begin collecting evidence. Each police agency has specific policies and procedures that should be followed during the process of collecting evidence.
Evidence that is collected first is usually fragile evidence such as fingerprints. Fragile evidence is collected first as a priority in order to prevent contamination or the loss of such evidence. Other fragile evidence that needs to be collected as soon as possible are things such as blood or other trace evidence. Once the evidence has been collected it is important that officer search the scene a second time in order to uncover any evidence that was overlooked accidentally. If possible during the collection process one investigator should serve as the soul evidence collector, this ensures that evidence gets
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The purpose of providing all the above information is to insure that the evidence has not been contaminated and provides a way to identify a specific piece of evidence for a case. Without proper documentation of evidence things could get lost or misplaced, or it would be impossible to identify certain objects. If evidence were not sealed with an attached evidence label anyone who came in contact with the item would be able to tamper with the evidence. Not only does the evidence label prevent tampering of evidence, but also the proper chain of custody ensures that the evidence is in the same condition as it was when it was
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