The average investigator or law enforcement officer will be tasked with the responsibility of processing a crime scene. This is typically when an individual breaks into a home or business property, and upon discovery, is determined to be the culprit. A typical police officer may approach a home or business location to serve a search warrant. Once the warrant is served, the owner of the property is usually required to come to the scene for an interview, fingerprinting, and other evidentiary collecting procedures.
Crime scenes are processed in a variety of different ways. In some instances, processing a crime scene could be done manually. This generally involves entering the scene by first locating the exit or entrances to the crime scene and then making their way to the area that has been affected by the destruction or accumulation of debris. After entering the scene, the entering party may then use metal detectors or cameras to search for any evidence that is located within the area that they are searching.
Other times, a scene cleaning company will be contacted. These companies have specialized equipment and/or resources that can be utilized to clean up a scene. Some companies will use chemicals to rid any unwanted elements from the scene and then place it in a secure container for further processing. Some companies will also utilize a high pressure cleaning system to dry out any area that needs drying. The last method that may be utilized will be for the police officer to personally oversee the processing of the scene and make any final determinations before officially sealing the crime scene.
It is imperative that a police officer not get involved with the actual processing of the scene. This is because the nutrient makeup of the soil, which can determine if a potential criminal is involved, may be compromised if the police officer touches the scene. Additionally, if the police officer tries to physically pick up evidence or otherwise handle the material, it could result in contamination and/or contamination of the scene by other potential contaminants. Any type of material that is removed from the scene must be thoroughly cleaned. Any items left on the scene after the crime is investigated must also be treated with extreme care. These products and materials may contain toxic substances that can pose a health risk to the police officer and/or anyone else who may come in contact with them.
As far as how is it processed? After the material has been cleaned and any potentially contaminated materials have been discarded, the police officer will then review the crime scene photos. Once the photos are complete, the photos are organized according to the state of the scene. Next, the photos are returned to the police agency that was called into the incident.
How long does it take from the time that the scene is reported to the processing company? The processing agency will work diligently to get the scene back to its original state. In many cases, it can take up to 72 hours before the scene is processed and ready for inspection. In other cases, it can take up to a few weeks.
Why should I contact the scene processing company? In order to be prepared for the inspection, it is essential for you to contact the processing company as soon as possible. The sooner that you contact the company, the faster the scene will be processed and the more efficient the inspection will be. The faster that the scene is processed, the sooner that it will be cleaned and disposed of and the less chance there is of contamination of any type.
Who is responsible for the cleanup? If the scene of the crime is more than one hundred thousand dollars, then the local government is ultimately responsible for the cleanup. If the scene is smaller than one hundred thousand dollars, then the police department is typically responsible for the cleanup. However, if the crime is very large, it may be a good idea for you to hire a cleanup service to handle the cleanup. It is very important for you to know how to process a crime scene because if you do not follow the required procedures, you could face criminal charges for negligent homicide, arson, and other similar charges.