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Select the 3 crime scene responsibilities you feel are most important from the following list:

- Care for the injured
- Scene safety and security
- Evaluation of the scene
- Initial scene survey
- Scene walk-through for evidence and chain of custody
- Crime scene sketch
- Documentation
- Media liaison
- Counselor
- Witness/victim interviews
- Scene search

Address the following:
1. Why do you think the 3 selected crime scene responsibilities are more important than the rest? Explain in detail.

2. What would happen to a crime scene investigation if the 3 selections are conducted poorly or not at all during the investigation? Explain.

3. What do you think can be done to ensure that your selections are conducted properly? Be specific.

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The responsibilities I have chosen are scene safety and security, documentation, and scene search.

1. Why do you think the 3 selected crime scene responsibilities are more important than the rest? Explain in detail.

These are the most important because documentation must be efficient and accurate to ensure that a paper trail exists that is able to verify what was done at the scene, who did what, and when it was done. In addition, documents must be ...

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This response reviews different crime scene responsibilities and discusses the ways an investigation should be conducted.

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