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Title Crime scene and physical evidence awareness for non-forensic personnel
Published New York : United Nations, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (v, 25 pages)
Contents The value of physical evidence and the concept of chain-of-custody -- Forensic science services and the crime scene investigation process -- Legal, ethical and human dignity considerations -- Health and safety considerations -- Planning, organization and coordination of the work at the scene -- Preservation of the scene and its evidence -- Documentation of the scene and its evidence -- Recognition, recovery and preservation of physical evidence -- Transportation, storage and submission of evidence to the laboratory -- Annex: Types of physical evidence potentially present at crime scenes, and their evidential value
Summary "The manual provides a basic outline of the crime scene investigation process with a focus on why individual steps and actions are essential. It aims at raising awareness of the importance of good practices in crime scene investigations and the nature and relevance of physical evidence. The primary target audience of the manual is non-forensic personnel, i.e. first responders and any person involved in the crime scene investigation process without full-fledged training, to help them understand the importance of their actions and the consequences of not applying basic principles of good practice. The manual also targets policymakers, the judiciary and others having to assess, and/or base decisions on evidence presented to them. An Annex provides examples of physical evidence that can be recovered from crime scenes, the information that can be obtained from subsequent forensic examinations, and sample cases where different types of physical evidence might be encountered."--Publisher website
Notes "ST/NAR/39"--Title page verso
"Sales no. E.09. IV.5"--Title page verso
At head of title: Laboratory and Scientific Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna
Print version record
Subject Crime scenes.
Criminal investigation.
Evidence, Criminal.
Form Electronic book
Author United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Laboratory and Scientific Section.
ISBN 1441621830 (electronic bk.)
9781441621832 (electronic bk.)