Editorial: Difficult situations

Our readers—crime scene investigators and forensic scientists—are accustomed to encountering unusual or difficult situations. But often, handling them requires knowledge that goes beyond everyday training and levels of experience. That is when it is important to have the best resources at your fingertips.

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This issue includes examples of a few situations that might take the average CSIs out of their comfort zone. For example, how do you process a crime scene that has been completely annihilated by fire—everything charred to a similar shade of gray, items shuffled and drenched as a result of the fire fighters’ efforts to extinguish the blaze?

  • An introduction to approaching a fire-related death scene can be found on Page 10.

Or what do you do when a number of cattle have been found violently slaughtered, frightening citizens and suggesting the activity of criminally minded individuals? Or what kind of physical evidence do you look for when your agency gets involved in a dog-fighting investigation?

  • You can learn more about applying criminalistics to crimes against animals on Page 14.

And where do you start collecting evidence at the scene of an explosion, when the evidence you are looking for is just as shattered, shredded, and twisted as everything else at the scene? Or where does your agency begin when establishing response and processing protocols for terrorist acts that involve explosives?

  • Find out where to get new resources that will answer those questions in the article on Page 26.

Fire-related death, animal-related investigations, and post-blast scenes are not your everyday crime scene. But with the right resources, you can start to prepare for any difficult situation.

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