By: Hilary Rodela, Lead Digital Content Writer for Taction USA
Crime scenes and evidence tell stories. Without using one, single word, they can tell you exactly what happened, who did it, and when. You just have to pay attention.
It is easy to get stuck in a mindset of routine even when it comes to crime scenes. Though each and every one is unique, the steps taken to process the scene and collect evidence remain the same. Consistency in this regard is a positive aspect, but when you become complacent, it can cause trouble in how you process a scene. Complacency means you are letting your guard down too. As a result, you compromise your safety, integrity, and professionalism. To become complacent is to become lazy. There is no place for laziness in any investigative field.
Each and every aspect of physical evidence can tell you a piece of the story that took place. Missing evidence can as well. When you are at a crime scene, you often already have an idea of the incident that occurred. However, it is those minute, intimate details that will be revealed while processing the scene that will bring everything together in the case.
It is also important to remember not to rush at crime scenes. Many times we have a tendency to do the bare minimum and simply get the job done for the sake of getting it done. However, you only have one chance at a crime scene. It is imperative to process it right every time. It is imperative to slow down and truly focus on the task at hand.
Remember that your job as an investigator is important. Each role in law enforcement is equally important, including you and the evidence. Treat the scene with care and precision each and every time and let it speak to you.