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FBI Handbook of Forensic Services (Processing Crime Scenes)

FBI Handbook of Forensic Services (Processing Crime Scenes) – https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/handbook-of-forensic-services-pdf.pdf/view

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  •  How should evidence be shipped to the FBI?
  • What evidence can bullet alloys reveal?
  • What safety precautions should be taken at a crime scene?
  • How would you undertake a preliminary survey of a crime scene?


From the website: “The Handbook of Forensic Services provides guidance and procedures for safe and efficient methods of collecting, preserving, packaging, and shipping evidence and describes the forensic examinations performed by the FBI’s Laboratory Division and Operational Technology Division.”

This 202 page handbook is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Submitting Evidence
  • Evidence Examinations
  • Crime Scene Safety
  • Crime Scene Search
  • Index

This manual contains information on photographing and sketching the crime scene, along with specifics on how to collect latent prints and more.


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