The role of a crime scene manager is one which is complex; it requires a wide range of forensic, policing, and practical knowledge. A crime scene manager must be well organised, observant, and meticulous to ensure that the processing of crime scenes and forensic personnel follow set rules and regulations. It is essential for the integrity of investigations and trials that officers who are responsible for managing crime scenes adhere to strict protocols in order for the evidence collected to be credible.
The mishandling of evidence, unauthorised access, or even an error in a crime scene log can all cause a question of doubt over the reliability of evidence, resulting in a range of consequences from hindering an investigation to causing vital evidence to be thrown out of court.
Take this quiz to see if you have what it takes to be a crime scene manager.
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