Crjs350 db2

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You are the lead investigator for a suspicious fire in an abandoned tenement property at 123 Maple Street in a rundown area of the city. You are called by the battalion chief and fire scene commander at the active fire. Upon your arrival, the chief explains that there are pour patterns clearly indicating that an accelerant was used to start the fire on the first floor of the four-story tenement, and he has declared it arson. While you are talking to the chief, a line captain comes from the fire and tells you that there are 2 dead bodies in the basement of the tenement. The battalion chief calls the fire over and safe, releasing the fire scene to you. The state fire marshal has also called and advised that because of manpower shortages, your agency has lead. You have two investigators with you who immediately ask, "Where do we start?" You must now give them the proper legal guidance to avoid any evidentiary pitfalls. • Arson fires and, in particular, arson homicides allow for a warrantles

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CRJS350-DB2NameClassDateProfessorFire Investigation When a fire scene is released to criminal investigators the first goals as with any crime scene is to secure the scene. This involves establishing the perimeter and securing the scene with the appropriate personnel and crime scene tape. If the fire scene is not properly secured what little evidence is left could be lost or damaged. Once the scene is secured a warrant should be obtained to ensure the evidence that is located is legally protected. While warrants are not usually necessary at fire scenes in order to ensure evidence collected can be used in a court of law obtaining one is a good precaution. In the arson investigation the arson investigator investigates the crime even though a murder has occurred. Just like with any crime scene it is essential to ensure it cannot be accessed by anyone but the necessary personnel. The fire and the water used to put out the fire will have destroyed evidence so it is essential to preserve the crime scene to ensure whatever evidence is left can be collected by the forensic team. Once the scene has been preserved the crime scene investigator will conduct a

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