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Lesson #GP31: Crime Scene Management


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:

  1. Identify the procedure the first responding officer should follow when making the initial response to a crime scene as described in the lesson.
  2. Outline the procedure required of initial responders for ensuring the safety of officers and others present at a crime scene according to the lesson.
  3. Identify the means by which the initial responder ensures medical attention to injured persons while preventing contamination of the scene as stated in the objective.
  4. Outline the procedure required of the initial responder in protecting the crime scene based on the lesson.
  5. Outline the procedure involved in defining and controlling the boundaries or security perimeters of a crime scene as a means of protecting and securing the crime scene(s) as taught in class.
  6. Outline the procedure required of the initial responder when providing a detailed crime scene briefing to the investigator(s) in charge of the scene as stated in the objective.
  7. Identify the types of information that the initial responder should document at the crime scene according to the lesson.
  8. Demonstrate a proper procedure of crime scene management by the mock crime scene, according to the exercise.