Material for a 4-hour lesson, part of the 20-week Basic Training Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School.
The effective detection of crime hinges completely on the successful gathering of evidence in relation to a particular crime committed. The first police officer who arrives at the scene of a crime, plays a critical role in protecting and gathering of material evidence, i.e., “silent witnesses”. It is essential that the first police officer take the necessary steps to manage and protect the crime scene and other sites where material evidence is likely to be found. The unintentional contamination of crime scenes by curious officers, detectives, and supervisors is a major problem. Crime scenes often yield forensic evidence that will lead to the arrest of a suspect(s). Unfortunately, just as often, potentially valuable evidence is destroyed or rendered useless by careless behaviour at the crime scene.
The goal of this session is to introduce students to the responsibilities of the first officer in securing, collecting and handling critical material evidence likely to be immediately encountered at a serious crime scene. Students will also be introduced to Trace Evidence, a topic to be explored further in a later lesson.
At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to: