Scene Issues, Validation of Death, Identification and Photography
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scene safety rules
do not enter a scene unless it is declared safe
find out who is in charge of the scene
be aware of physical chemical and biological hazards
What are two major scene security elements ?
1. establishing a perimeter of the scene
2. removing unauthorized people from the area (accomplished with law enforcement help)
What are the human identification status? Three given in lecture
2. presumptive or tentative identification
3. positive identification
most common used
subjective if people like alike
scars, marks or tattoos may/ may not be consider positive identifications
What is presumptive identification acceptable?
If the body is found in a familiar surroundings and there is no reason to question the identification,
if photo ID is supplied
scientific methods of identification
finger prints are the most common scientific form of identification
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