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Chain of Custody

You are the investigator at a homicide. Describe the steps you would follow to maintain chain of custody of the evidence.

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1. You are the investigator at a homicide. Describe the steps you would follow to maintain chain of custody of the evidence.

Establishing a chain of custody is ensure the integrity of the evidence by establishing and maintaining a chain of custody is vital to an investigation. This will safeguard against subsequent allegations of tampering, theft, planting, and contamination of evidence.

To maintain or preserve the chain of custody, you should take the following steps:

A. Document location of the scene and time of arrival of the death investigator at the scene.

B. Determine custodian(s) of evidence, determine which agency(ies) is/are responsible for collection of specific types of evidence, and determine evidence collection priority for fragile/fleeting evidence.

C. Identify, secure, and preserve evidence with proper containers, labels, and ...

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You are the investigator at a homicide. This solution describes the steps you would follow to maintain chain of custody of the evidence. Supplemented with a highly informative resource of step-by-step guidelines for investigators.

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