Searching and Recording the Crime Scene
The primary purpose of a crime scene search is to develop associative evidence that could link a suspect to the scene or a victim and to answer questions crucial to the investigation, such as who perpetrated the crime, how the crime was committed, the circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, and why the crime was committed. Additionally, police search crime scenes to identify evidence through which a psychological profile of the suspect can be developed, to identify an object(s) that does not logically belong at the crime scene and that could potentially be linked to a suspect, and to identify the suspect’s modus operandi (MO), or motive for committing the crime.
For the purpose of this assignment, you are an investigator on your way to a murder crime scene. Research the following points and write a page paper fully explaining each point:
The detective assigned to this murder investigation has never handled a homicide. As she drives you to the scene, you begin to assess the things you already know, and you start to formulate a plan for the crime scene search.
Using the 2 crime scene sketches provided here for interior and here for exterior, write a proposal for how the crime scene should be searched.
Identify the areas that will be searched and what type evidence you might expect to find in those areas.
Create a set of instructions for all of the department personnel who will be available, and assign them roles.
Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.