Evidence collection process from the first responder to the investigation team

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Evidence collection process from the first responder to the investigation team.

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The Scene of the Crime

Protecting the Scene: The First Responder

The Crime Scene Investigator

Working the Scene: The Evidence

DNA Evidence

Impression Evidence

Blood Splatter Patterns

Firearm Evidence

Forensic Bontany and Zoology



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Archer, M. S., & Wallman, J. F. (2016). Context Effects in Forensic Entomology and Use of Sequential Unmasking in Casework. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1270-1277, 61(5). https://doi-org.ezproxy1.apus.edu/10.1111/1556-4029.13139.

Bodziak, W. J., Hammer, L., Johnson, M. G., & Schenck, R. (2012). Determining the Significance of Outsole Wear Characteristics During the Forensic Examination of Footwear Impression Evidence. Journal of Forensic Identification, 254-278, 62(3). http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=i3h&AN=76502014&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

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Hamm, E. D. (2015). Tire Tracks and Footwear. Journal of Forensic Identification, 423-430, 65(4). http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=i3h&AN=109940046&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Hogan, C., Van Houten, L., & Coticone, S. (2018). Comparison of the Quantity and Overall Quality of Trace DNA Evidence Collected From Subtrates Found at Crime Scenes. Journal of Forensic Identification, 341-347, 68(3). http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=i3h&AN=134153787&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Kaye, D. H. (2018). Firearm-Mark Evidence: Looking Back and Looking Ahead. Case Western Reserve Law Review, 723-746, 68(3). http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=tsh&AN=130372094&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Oklevski, S. (2018). Theoretical and Practical Security Aspects of Crime Scene Investigations and Evaluation of Evidence. Security Dialogues, 65-72, 9(1). http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=tsh&AN=133747348&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Peschel, O., Kunz, S., Rothschild, M., & Mutzel, E. (2011). Blood stain pattern analysis. Forensic Science, Medicine, And Pathology, 257-270, 7(3). https://doi-org.ezproxy1.apus.edu/10.1007/s12024-010-9198-1.

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