When faced with the daunting task of processing a crime scene, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is, “How to process a crime scene?” A crime scene is any site or area contaminated by blood, vomit, or other fluids. These fluids are the product of human or animal death and need to be cleaned up properly or the threat of infection becomes real. You will need to gather all the materials and clothing and dispose of it correctly to maintain the integrity of the crime scene as well as to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
First, let’s look at what you need for processing a crime scene. You will need the basic equipment that is found at most crime scenes: plastic sheeting, white blood cells, and biohazardous substances removal (BHRT), eye/eye contact detectors, medical waste disposal devices such as biohazardous drugs and blood borne pathogen disposables, and a first aid kit containing aspirin, ibuprofen, and other over the counter medications. For the handling and preparation of BHRT, don’t use any kind of cleaner or detergent for these liquids. Bleach can actually destroy the stain and DNA will remain in the liquid, causing a serious health problem for anyone who comes in contact with it.
Some biohazards can only be removed by using a certain biohazardous substances known as BHRT. The main types of biohazards include anthrax, botulism, E-coli, and HIV. It is important to remember that if you are processing a scene containing blood, the blood needs to be isolated and properly disposed of because blood is considered a biohazard and therefore needs special processing methods. An average crime scene containing blood contains about 200cc of blood.
Once you’ve secured the area where the crime happened and collected all the necessary materials, you should turn your attention to processing the crime scene itself. Although there are several different crime scene processing methods, they all basically require one common element: biological safety cabinets. These are designed to store bacteria and other biohazards safely and securely. They should be placed on the crime scene according to the protocol agreed upon with your local police department. Some of the steps involved in the process include:
How to Process a Crime Scene? Once the crime scene has been cleaned up and the biohazardous substances have been identified and contained, the next step in the processing process is to conduct a routine inspection to make sure the entire site is clean and sterile. During this inspection, you will be checking for signs of infection, such as contamination of medical or body waste or any type of disease such as hepatitis B or HIV. You will also be looking for mold, mildew and other bacterial contamination.
How to Process a Crime Scene? When processing a crime scene, it is essential that every bit of potential evidence is carefully collected and documented. You will need to conduct an inventory, review the police report(s), contact all law enforcement agencies, collect any photographs that were taken of the crime scene and perform blood or urine tests if necessary. Once all of this data is collected, it will be put in a secure storage facility.
How to Process a Crime Scene? Once the site is cleaned up and all potential evidence is stored, the next step in the crime scene processing process is to clean up the site. Cleaning up a crime scene can take many forms. It may involve re-contamination of some items; removal of contaminated debris; and removal of materials that could further aggravate or contaminate the site. If the cleanup is going to take longer than one day, it is important to contact a professional company as they are able to provide the tools and equipment required to effectively clean the site.
How to Process a Crime Scene? It may seem very simple and overwhelming at first, but the more you know about processing crime scenes the better prepared you will be to answer questions from any law enforcement officer that may encounter you. These tips can make processing one of the most important decisions you make regarding your legal proceedings. It is worth the investment to get all of the facts up front so you know what to expect.