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Updated on September 4th, 2022
Event Name
Crime Scene Investigation
ScoringPlacement
Point BasedHighest Score Wins
Required Criteria

Disqualification

Competitors/Teams must meet the following minimum criteria. Failure to meet criteria will result in disqualification.

Team Members Must Put On Proper Safety Equipment (Gloves)
CriteriaLoHi

First Responding Officer Interview

Judge 1 - Practical Exercise

Team Members Question The First Responding Officer05
Team Ensures That The Search Is Legal01
Team Ensures Ancillary Agencies Have Been Notified (Medical Examiner, Ems, Etc.)05
Team Request Ancillary Agency Response (If Applicable)01

Securing the Crime Scene

Judge 1 - Practical Exercise

Entry/ Exit Log Created05
Crime Scene Boundaries Are Clearly/ Properly Established05

Crime Scene Search

Judge 1 - Practical Exercise

Preliminary Search Conducted Without Disruption of Evidence/Scene05
Search Pattern Determined And Judge Notified Of Selection01
Thorough Search Conducted: All Pertinent Evidence Found, Flagged, And Documented By Team05

Evidence Collection And Packaging

Judge 1 - Practical Exercise

Evidence Item Is Handled Correctly By Collector05
Collected Evidence Is Placed In Proper Container Based On Size And Type Of Evidence05
Evidence Container Is Properly Sealed05

Safety / Contamination Control

Judge 1 - Practical Exercise

Team Members Donned New Gloves Between Handling Items Of Evidence05
Evidence Collection Tools Properly Cleaned/ Sanitized Prior To Use05
All Investigative Trash Removed From The Crime Scene01

Release Of Crime Scene

Judge 1 - Practical Exercise

Crime Scene Tape Removed And Discarded01

Securing The Crime Scene

Judge 2 - Documentation

Entry/ Exit Log Completed05

Crime Scene Documentation-Sketch

Judge 2 - Documentation

Crime Scene Sketch Is Legible05
Room/Area Measurements Are Properly Taken And Recorded05
Evidentiary Items Are Placed In Sketch With Necessary Measurements05
Compass Direction (N) Identified On Sketch01
Fixed Reference Points Are Noted05
Legend05
Pertinent Agency/ Case Information Notated On Sketch05

Crime Scene Documentation- Photography

Judge 2 - Documentation

Completed Photo Log With Pertinent Agency/Case Information Notated05
1 Exterior Photograph Of Crime Scene Entrance With Case # Placard05
1-4 Interior Photographs Showing The Entire Crime Scene W/Overlap05
1 Mid Range Photograph Of Evidence Item To Be Collected05
1 Close Up Photograph Of Evidence Item To Be Collected W/Marker And W/O Scale05
1 Close Up Photograph Of Evidence Item To Be Collected W/Scale05
Photographs Depict Crime Scene And Evidence As It Appeared Upon Arrival Of Investigators (No Evidence Moved Prior To Photographs)05

Evidence Collection And Packaging

Judge 2 - Documentation

Evidence Container Is Properly Labeled (All Relevant Case Information Provided)05
Evidence Log Completed05

Officer Interview/ Crime Scene Notes

Judge 2 - Documentation

Organized and legible05
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