Investigative Techniques Of A Bomb Investigation

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Investigative Techniques In life every individual develops his or her way in which they do things. For example, you may put your shoes on and then your coat to go outside while others may do that action in reverse. The key though is that both people put their shoes and coat on before going outside. Just as in that example there are certain steps to a bomb investigation, in which some investigators may do in a different order but in the end all of the steps will be complete. There are certain questions an investigator must ask while proceeding through those steps as well. The biggest thing that one needs to know about investigating an explosion is that it is a rare occurrence and in the case of recent events ends up affecting not only…show more content…
For example, TNT is roughly inexpensive and has roughly 15 different blends and can be detected through nitro aromatics (Toal, Sanchez, Dugan, & Trogler, 2007). As stated above there are several different ways in which that compound can be detected is utilizing Photoluminescent Metallole-containing Polymers. However, before one can look for any trace or components of an explosive we must first understand what questions need to be answered. There are five questions that through an investigation must be answered. If those questions are answered you will most likely arrive at a perpetrator. These five questions are as follows: 1. Was the explosion accidental or intentional? 2. If it was intentional, what was the target? 3. What was used to make the explosive device? 4. What level of skill was needed to make the device? 5. Where were the materials to make the device obtained from? If an investigator answers those five questions they more than likely will be able to answer the more important question of who detonated the device. The question then becomes how one goes about answering those questions. In a book written by Charles and Gregory O’Hara (2003) there was a comprehensive guide to these type of investigations that encompass six useful factors: 1. Target 2. Opportunity 3.
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