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The Importance of Being Precise

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

Crime scene investigation requires patience, attention to detail, and precision. It can be difficult to keep up this type of momentum especially if the investigator have several scenes to work within a short amount of time. However, it is imperative to the end result of the investigation. The better and more thoroughly a crime scene is processed, the more likely the evidence collected may help solve a case. 

No crime scene is alike, and more often than not, investigators will be working a crime scene for far more hours than they expected. Though taxing it is important to do the best they can with each and every step and each and every scene. 

When an investigator starts losing steam and begins to do the minimal amount of work in order to finish processing the scene faster, that is when many mistakes are made. For instance, if a CSI is collecting DNA, each time a sample is collected, gloves must be changed. This is tedious, but this decreases the chance of cross-contamination while collecting samples. If this particular step is missed, it could potentially hurt the case. 

Being a crime scene investigator is not for the weak, but it is rewarding. As tedious and time consuming as some of the duties may seem, it is important to remember, that without a proper investigation, a victim will never receive justice. It is up to the investigator to do their best, especially for those who cannot speak. 

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