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Crime Scene Safety!

By: Hilary Rodela, Lead Digital Content Writer for Taction USA

Crime scenes are filled with potential dangers. Some are seen, some are unseen, and some are dangerous situations that could potentially happen. It is best to err on the side of safety and to be prepared when you arrive at every scene.

It may help you and your agency to make a checklist of what needs to happen at a crime scene. This list may be filled with necessary equipment such as PPE (personal protective equipment) or it can be a list of steps to take.

For example, the it is the job of the first responding officer to clear the scene and ensure it is safe. This officer should also identify any potential hazards while clearing the scene. This information should be passed on to the other personnel that will arrive later.

PPE should always be worn especially when biohazards are present. At the very least everyone on scene should have gloves and booties. However, if the scene is particularly bad, a Tyvek suit, goggles and a mask may be necessary in addition to the gloves and booties.

Finally, scene security is crucial. We all know that some suspects like to return to the scene to view their work. We also know that the crime scene investigator may begin to be enthralled in the scene and not the surrounding areas outside of the yellow tape. This is why it is imperative to have a running crime scene log, and officers posted as security.

Remember, safety first so that everyone on scene goes home!

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