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Speaking for Those Who Can't

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

One of the most important aspects of being a Crime Scene Investigator is being the voice of those who cannot speak. Through investigation, careful documentation, processing, and collection of evidence, you can make a difference in a victim’s family’s life.

Over the years I have often been asked ,”how can you handle such cases”? The answer is simple, to find answers and to speak for those who cannot. Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Collection is only one piece of the puzzle, but they are imperative pieces. No matter who that victim may be, no matter how they were as a person in life, they deserve a proper and fair investigation. When a case is solved, justice is served through and through. At the end of the day, that is what this career field is all about.

Documenting and processing a scene go hand in hand with a good report. All of these things should be done to the best of your ability. Not only does this help detectives working the case, but if the case should grow cold, your report should be such that someone could pick it up a decade later and know exactly what to do next.

Working on both active cases and cold cases, I can attest to the value of being detail oriented and putting your best foot forward in the first place. Sometimes we are the only ones who speak for those who can’t.

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