Crime Scene and Physical Evidence Awareness for Non-forensic Personnel
The manual provides a basic outline of the crime scene investigation process with a focus on why individual steps and actions are essential. It aims at raising awareness of the importance of good practices in crime scene investigations and the nature and relevance of physical evidence.
The primary target audience of the manual is non-forensic personnel, i.e. first responders and any person involved in the crime scene investigation process without full-fledged training, to help them understand the importance of their actions and the consequences of not applying basic principles of good practice. The manual also targets policymakers, the judiciary and others having to assess, and/or base decisions on evidence presented to them.
An Annex provides examples of physical evidence that can be recovered from crime scenes, the information that can be obtained from subsequent forensic examinations, and sample cases where different types of physical evidence might be encountered.