The ultimate responsibility for the management of death and crime scenes lies with one of several law enforcement agencies. This can be multi-jurisdictional; a law enforcement agency may be responsible for the evidence on scene, while the medical examiner or coroner’s office may have jurisdiction over the body of a decedent.
The first responder will very seldom have authority over evidence collection on these scenes. However, in the normal course of operations first responders are often the first on scene and should consider the management of that scene until such time as the scene comes under the control of a law enforcement agency.
In these modules the first responder will be introduced to some of the important considerations on all scenes, including what may be encountered, and the importance of evidence preservation on these scenes.
Once completed, the learner will receive five (5) hours of continuing education credits that can be applied to national and state recertification requirements.