LECTURE 1 Crime Scene Assessment. Understanding crime categories, the terminology used and the differences between volume and major crime scenes. ?What is a Scene?? Information gathering and preparation required prior to scene visit. Approaching the scene. CAP?s and cordons. Case study of outdoor cordon methods in murder scene. Gaining information from the complainant or victim. Roles, responsibilities and liabilities of specialist personnel involved with scenes of crime Scene observations, action plan and preservation methods. Health and Safety considerations.
LECTURE 2 Identification of Different Evidence Types. Brief overview of general evidence types. Fingerprint evidence specific. Fingerprint classification. Identification by fingerprints. Importance of fingerprint elimination. Demonstration and description of equipment to be used in practical exercises. Case study of the use of third level detail in analysis of fingerprint evidence.
LECTURE 3 Other types of Contact Trace Evidence. Locard?s Theory. Uniqueness. Persistency. Evidential value. Importance of control and reference material in evidence gathering. Intelligence information.
LECTURES 4-5 Recording the Crime Scene. Producing sketch plans. Photographic records. Practical Photography. Recording and documenting the crime scene. Case study of scene photography, sketch plans and draughtsmens? plans.
LECTURE 6 Evidence Recovery and Recording. Integrity of the exhibit. Continuity of the exhibit. Exhibit referencing. Related documentation to prove integrity and continuity. Producing a crime scene examination report.
LECTURES 7-8 Contamination Issues. Implications of contamination. Packaging the exhibit and the avoidance of contamination. Dealing with a contaminated exhibit or scene. Secure storage of evidence
LECTURES 10-11 Overview of Forensic Science and its relationship with the investigation of crime. Discussion of what constitutes evidence and how to collect it. (White Chapters 1 and 2) Definition of forensic Science, Duties of the forensic scientist, Quality issues, Organisation and description of Scientific Support Departments in UK Forensic Science