First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers / Edition 1

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First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patr ol Officers is a training guide and reference for patrol officers and criminal investigators, who conduct preliminary investigations of crim e scenes, to aid in identification, collection, and booking of physica l evidence. Written by a veteran of 24 years of law enforcement, the b ook stresses the importance of understanding the critical nature of ph ysical evidence and preservation of the crime scene as part of the cas e against a criminal defendant. This book is an important tool for pol ice academies that train recruits and veteran patrol officers, as well as for students of criminal justice who seek guidelines for proper co llection and handling of physical evidence.

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A training manual for patrol officers and criminal investigators who conduct preliminary investigations of crime scenes. Explains how to identify, collect, and book physical evidence, stressing its importance as part of the case against a defendant. Includes questions with answers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849300233
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,238,613
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Role of the First Unit Responder
Defining Physical Evidence
Importance of Physical Evidence
Characteristics of Evidence
Test Questions and Answers
The First Unit Responder and the Crime Scene
"The Process" of Acronym "ARISN" When Handling a Crime Scene
Maintaining the Integrity of the Scene
Major/Non-Major Scenes Defined
Indoor/Outdoor Scenes
Death Case Observations
Test Questions and Answers
Identifying and Documenting the Evidence
Categories and Types of Evidence
Uses of Physical Evidence
Chain of Custody
Documenting the Evidence
Collecting the Evidence
Most Commonly Encountered Evidence and Packaging
Clothing, Hair, Fibers
Bullets and Cartridge Casings
Gunshot Residue
Other Weapons
Questioned Documents
Chemical Evidence
Suspected Drugs/Narcotics
Miscellaneous Items
Latent Fingerprints - A.F.I.S.
Test Questions and Answers
Fingerprints and the Crime
Victim Interaction
Categories of Fingerprints
Identifiable vs. Usable Latents
A.F.I.S. Quality Latents
Determining Likelihood of the Presence of Latents
Hand Covering during the Crime
Point of Entry (POE)
Latent Fingerprint Collection
Latent Fingerprint Development Techniques
Test Questions and Answers
Case Preparation/Courtroom Testimony
Case Review by Officer
Direct Examination
A.D.A. Conference
Rules of Discovery
Court Attire
Stages of Court Appearance
Body/Introduction of Evidence
DIrect/Cross Examination
Follow-Up by Officer

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