Free, Expanded CSI Guide Available

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) has published a new, vastly expanded edition of Crime Scene Investigation, a Guide for Law Enforcement. Last published in 2000, the new edition covers key CSI practices in detail. Developed by noted experts, this 180-page publication provides step-by-step recommendations to lead law enforcement through this crucial, first phase of the justice process.

The guide is free and downloadable as a PDF or in e-reader format from NFSTC’s website.
“This publication now gives first responders, crime scene technicians and even military service members guidance to appropriately handle everything from initial response to collecting, documenting and packaging evidence,” said Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC CEO. “Without this necessary awareness, evidence that might prove crucial to an investigation could be over looked.”
The guide is divided into five sections:

  • Arriving at the Scene: Initial Response/ Prioritization of Efforts
  • Preliminary Documentation and Evaluation of the Scene
  • Processing the Scene
  • Completing and Recording the Crime Scene Investigation
  • Crime Scene Equipment

“This edition greatly expands the techniques provided for processing the scene,” said Frank Fitzpatrick, retired Director of the Orange County (CA) Sheriff’s Department Forensic Science Services Division, the project manager for the effort. “Each area of evidence, from appropriately dealing with ignitable liquids to capturing tool mark evidence, is clearly and easily laid out for the investigator.”
The guide was thoroughly reviewed by more than a dozen subject matter experts. Drawn from relevant Scientific Working Groups, the Review Committee comprised practitioners, senior-level advisors, trainers and noted forensic scientists. Representatives from the Federal, State and local level participated, including the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and instructors from the National Forensic Academy. Reviewers hailed from all parts of the country including Alaska, providing a nationwide perspective.
Crime Scene Investigation, A Guide for Law Enforcement was funded by cooperative agreements from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and is the result of a partnership of the National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), BJA and NFSTC.

Source: NFSTC

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