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How To Write A Crime Scene Report

Kirk Said:

What does a police officer do at a crime scene where muder is involved?

We Answered:

The first officer on location would have to notify his/her supervisor that there ws a body. Then radio would notify the corner or medical examiner and the Homicide detectives. The first officer has 4 obligations, protect life (too late), apprehend the offender (Did she confess when he got there?), locate and maintain control over witnesses until Homicide arrives and protect the integrity of the crime scene (that means keeping EVERYBODY out until the Homicide and Crime scene guys arrive. The officer would start a log, listing anybody who came into the scene.

The first detective on the scene would check in with the patrol officer securing the scene and get an idea of what was needed.he/she would notify the Homicide supervisor and wait extra help. The Coroner (Medical Examiner) would be allowed into the scene to pronounce the victim dead and establish the victim's identity.

The Homicide detecitves, upon arriving would establish who lives in the house. If anyone who could be a suspect has a reasonable expectation of privacy in the house, they would attempt to get a valid "consent" to conduct the crime scene search, or they would go and draft a search warrant and look for a judge to sign it. They can't search a place that the suspectr has any reasonable expectation of privacy in wiothout consent or warrant ( there is no such thing as a "crime scene" exception to the 4th amendment, no matter what you see on TV). The Homicide detectives would then separate the people in the house for interview, and transport them individually to the police station, where they would be interviewed, and written or taped statements obtained. If the doer is the only one home, and she is very young, they would contact another family member, or a person to act "in Loco parentis" before interviewing her as a murder suspect. A confession from a juvenile is only admissable if there was a person present "in loco parentis". However, any spontaneous admissions she made, like " I killed him" would of course still be admissable."

The crime scene guys would photograph the entire scene, measure it to make a diagram later, and carefully collect and inventory evidence. That could take several hours. They would cehck every entrance, for any signs of forced entry and the would dust the scene for latent fingerprints. They would collect any loose evidence on the victim's body before it is bagged, and they would put bags on the victim's hands to protect any trace evidence (fingernail scrapings, hair, fiber, body fluids) that might be on them. When they are done, the coroner's wagon would transport the victim's body to the morgue for the autopsy.

Irma Said:

If a police officer found a wanted criminal at a crime scene, and the guy flees, how would this be reported?

We Answered:

The officer would verifify the validity of the warrant, as you said, through dispatch typically, and verify the person's identity. If this is done and officers attempt to place the person under arrest but the person escapes, it could be considered a few things. If the wanted person was actually in police custody and escaped, then it would be considered Escape (different cities and states use different terms). If the officers attempted to place the person under arrest and was not successful before the wanted person ran away, it could be termed as Evading Arrest. This would be an extra charge added to the already existing warrant for arrest.

As far as the actual words the officer would use to report back to dispatch, it depends a lot on the locale. Different departments use different terms and codes. They will typically use codes over the radio, and describing the situation to other officers arriving on scene would be very quick and informative, advising whether they were in "foot pursuit", also often using codes. But in a report, the officer might say something like "the suspect managed to avoid arrest and fled southbound..." or "the suspect escaped my custody and was last seen running eastbound..." and always, they would give a description of the suspect and his or her clothing. The report back at the station after the incident would be significantly longer and very detailed, describing if either or both hands were in handcuffs, if the officer advised the suspect he was under arrest and advised him to "stop resisting", things that later help them in court prove that the suspect knew, in fact, they were under arrest and were evading law enforcement.

Sergio Said:

How do I write an interior monologue?

We Answered:

I haven't read that book but you just need to put yourself into the story and the interior monologue becomes what you would have thought of if you had been in that situation. Describe the situation and what you see in the ways you would describe it. it shouldn't be too hard. Just get into it and have fun.

Javier Said:

How did this tree die?

We Answered:

the sapling grew through the opening and eventually strangled to death

Sam Said:

Report for a robbery help!?

We Answered:

Start off with point form notes. Details, everything about the room. You should be able to give a lot of detail because it is.. well your house.

After that think about ways to make the report sound good by giving small details about the robbery for example:

"On the handle of the door in the master bedroom found fingerprints of what looks to be the index finger of a male."

Just basically make it sound like a real robbery, and good luck with it.

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