Definition of "Crime Scene Investigator"

For the purpose of this application the term "Crime Scene Investigator" refers to personnel who spend a whole or part of their job in processing crime scenes. This includes the "Evidence Technician", "Criminalistics Officer", "Crime Scene Technician", "Scenes of Crimes Officers", "Crime Scene Examiner" and the "Forensic Investigator" or to any other name associated with a person who processes the crime scene for physical and testimonial evidence. This does not include arson investigators, traffic accident reconstructionist, crash investigators, or the Forensic Scientist who occasionally comes to a crime scene.

Crime Scene Investigator

A CSI is a trained individual who examines, evaluates, documents, processes and collects
evidence at crime scenes for forensic analysis."    Only limited by their knowledge and ability.


Key words defined:   

Trained: by a reputable agency /institution 

Examined: process crime scene for the various evidence to be found therein 

Evaluate: determine the best methods to capture/recover evidence 

Document: Note taking, comprehensive report, photography, video, and sketch

Processes: Uses the skills required to "read" the scene, recover latent, patent and plastic evidence by using various techniques.

Collects: Recover, package, seal, label, while maintaining integrity of the evidence 

Evidence: Physical and testimonial 

Forensic analysis
: Labs, experts and court where processes, observations, documentation and results will be weighted in the prosecution of a case.

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