Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Crime Scene Assessment
Thomas A. Kolpacki & Robert J. Homant
One of the principal tasks of law enforcement is the assessment of crime scenes. Regardless of how a crime scene comes to the attention of law enforcement, and regardless of the number and quality of eye witnesses that may point police toward the perpetrators of the crime, a thorough and professional assessment of the crime scene is crucial for the investigation, apprehension, and eventual prosecution of the offender. A crime scene is any location where a crime may have been committed. It can be a single location, multiple locations, the bottom of an ocean, several city blocks, inside the workings of a computer, or even somewhere in cyberspace. Suppose, for example, a person was kidnapped from a shopping mall (crime scene one), transported in a vehicle (crime scene two), sexually assaulted and murdered in an abandoned building (crime scene three), and taken to a field and dumped (crime scene four). ...