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.03A. The scene of any crime is physical evidence in itself. However, the best physical evidence is normally found;

at or near the site of the most critical action taken by the criminal against the property or victim.

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.03B. In order for physical evidence to be effectively used by the Investigator and the prosecutor, its presence;

must be recognized by the officers at or near the crime scene.

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.03C. For physical evidence to be of use in discovering the facts of a crime, it must be;

properly preserved, recorded, and collected.

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.03D. Automatically assumes the responsibility of securing the crime scene area from unauthorized intrusions to protect any physical evidence.

The first officer to arrive at the scene of a crime.

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.04A. No set of definite rules can be applied to defining the;

dimensions of the scene of a crime.

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.04B. While it is entirely possible the dimensions of a crime scene will be large, there are usually priority areas;

readily apparent to the trained officer / UEDI or Crime Scene Unit Investigator which should be given immediate protection.

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.05A. While the ranking command officer at the scene of any call is in overall charge, he may delegate supervision to the;

assigned sergeant and acts as an overseer. He intervenes only when he observes serious breaches of established procedure.

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.05A. Make periodic checks of major crime scenes to ensure proper procedures are being followed.

Command Officers

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.05A. Exceptions are calls which involve an officer of this department in any major incident. Under such
circumstances;

the ranking command officer shall be in charge of the scene.

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.05B. Patrol Division supervisory officers are in charge of supervising all lower ranking officers at any major crime scene, including follow-up detectives and Crime Scene Unit Investigators in the absence of an;

Investigations Division supervisory officer.

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.05B. . When present at a crime scene, he supervises the activities of the follow-up detectives, U.E.D.I.s, and Crime Scene Unit Investigators assigned to the case.

Investigations Division supervisory officer

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.05B. proceed to any major crime scene or any crime scene where supervisory presence is requested and assess the crime scene to determine:

a. If sufficient officers at the scene.
b. crime scene dimensions / best protection method;
c. quadrant established / officers working it properly;
d. proper info on actor broadcast to quadrant;
e. Whether dispatcher notified M.E.'s Office in deaths;
f. If Investigations Division detectives are needed.

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.05B. Assign officers to specific duties required to correctly protect and process the crime scene.

Patrol Division supervisory officers

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.05B. Determine when and/or if the news media may be briefed and admitted to the scene.

Patrol Division supervisory officers

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.05B. Remain at the scene as long as necessary to ensure proper protection of the scene and supervises subordinates in the performance of their assigned functions.

Patrol Division supervisory officers

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.05B. Prepare supplemental describing actions and the names and duties of officers at the crime scene.

Patrol Division supervisory officers

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.06A. Note any remarks made by the complainant, witness, or actor upon arrival at the crime scene.

Officers Assigned to Crime Scene

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.06A. Interview and/or interrogate the actor or suspect, unless the crime will be investigated by a follow-up unit, who will interview or interrogate the actor or suspect.

Officers Assigned to Crime Scene

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.06A. If an emergency exists, the amount of time lapse involved and whether additional officers are needed to aid the injured and secure the scene;

Officers Assigned to Crime Scene

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.06A. If an emergency does not exist, advise responding officers to slow down in responding to the scene of the crime.

Officers Assigned to Crime Scene

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.06A. Locate, identify, and interview the complainant and witnesses:

Officers Assigned to Crime Scene

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.06A. Officers should utilize SAPD Neighborhood Canvas Form, on any preliminary criminal investigation where witnesses are;

likely to be present, or at the direction of a supervisor or follow-up unit personnel.

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.06A. All SAPD Forms #2010 are forwarded to the;

appropriate follow-up unit.

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.06A. Prepare the proper reports which describe the offense, including vehicles, persons, suspicious activities possibly related;

to the offense which was observed on the way to the scene;

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.06A. Officers Assigned to Crime Scene prepare reports containing:

a. Suspicious persons, vehicles, activities
b. Time of arrival;
c. officers' names if supervisory officers not present;
d. Initial observations, including any res gestae made by actor or dying declarations by complainant.

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.06A. When an officer must handle evidence, he takes custody of the evidence, and:

handles in least intrusive manner to avoid destroying the item, fingerprints, or other trace evidence that may be on the item;

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.06A. When an officer must handle evidence, he marks the exact location where the evidence was found and;

points this out to the UEDI / Crime Scene Unit Investigator;

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.06A. When an officer must handle evidence, he Protects the item from loss or;

unnecessary handling;

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.06A. When an officer must handle evidence, he marks the item for;

later identification and turns it over to the UEDI / Crime Scene Unit Investigator, or places it in the Property Room as evidence.

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.06A. When must an officer handle a firearm as evidence;

when it is obvious the firearm must be removed to protect it from loss, destruction, or contamination.

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.06A. When an officer must handle a firearm as evidence he handles the firearm in the least intrusive manner to;

avoid destroying the item, fingerprints, or other trace evidence that may be on the firearm, does not rotate the cylinder, does not unload firearm;

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.06A. When an officer must handle a firearm as evidence, he records the exact location of;

recovery, condition of the firearm, and marks it with his initials;

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.06A. Places the firearm in the Property Room, or
turns the firearm over to;

U.E.D.I. s / C.S.U. Investigators upon their arrival and relates the location where it was found; and details his possession in a written report.

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.06A. All officers will prepare the necessary supplemental reports documenting the reason for responding and actions taken in regard to the call, for any call they were assigned to, dispatched to, or assisting at or near any crime scene where;

a felony apprehension has been made.

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.06B. Upon arrival, immediately surveys the crime scene to determine the type of crime committed; and whether additional equipment or personnel are needed to assist in processing the crime scene and request same from the dispatcher.

UEDI / C.S.U Investigator Assigned to Crime Scene

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.06B. Establishes the perimeter of the crime using crime scene barrier tape, if necessary, and processes the crime scene for evidence.

UEDI / C.S.U Investigator Assigned to Crime Scene

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.06B. Assesses the crime scene to determine if their presence in the crime scene area is necessary and when it is necessary to enter, uses caution to avoid contamination of the crime scene area;

Follow-Up Unit Detective

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.06B. When it becomes necessary to move any
objects, the follow-up unit detective records the
exact location and condition in the;

detective’s report, properly marks the item, and turns it over to the U.E.D.I./C.S.U. Investigator for processing upon arrival.

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.06B. Follow-Up Unit Detectives make arrangements for witnesses to give their statements and when transportation is necessary, advises a;

Patrol Division Sergeant .

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.06B. When it becomes necessary to move any
objects, the follow-up unit detective records the
exact location and condition in the;

detective’s report, properly marks the item, and turns it over to the U.E.D.I./C.S.U. Investigator for processing upon arrival.

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.07A. Personnel authorized to enter a homicide or violent crime scene includes:

a. First officer / U.E.D.I. to arrive;
b. Emergency medical personnel;
c. Assigned Patrol Division Sergeant;
d. officers / U.E.D.I.s to secure crime scene;
e. Assigned C.S.U. Investigators, C.S.U. supervisor;
f. Assigned follow-up personnel; ad
g. Investigators Bexar County M.E.

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.07A. Will assign a Patrol Officer to complete SAPD Form 4130, “Crime Scene Personnel Log,” to document all personnel entering the crime scene.

Patrol Division Supervisor

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.07A. SAPD Form 4130 will be forwarded to the
Homicide Unit;

prior to the end of the assigned Patrol Officer’s tour of duty.

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Upon receiving SAPD Form 4130, Homicide Unit personnel will ensure that it is;

included in the investigative file.

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.07A. Once the crime scene has been deemed secure Any personnel entering an indoor crime scene;

will wear protective shoe coverings and gloves;

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.07A. Any personnel entering an outdoor crime scene will wear;

gloves. The use of any additional equipment,
such as shoe covers, will be determined by an Investigations Division Supervisor.

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.07A. When the victim is obviously dead, the body may not be moved without authorization from the

Bexar County M.E. or a Medical Examiner Investigator, except in;
a. emergency circumstances; or
b. unreasonable delay failed to contact M.E.'s Office

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.07A. Before moving the victim’s body, the officers / U.E.D.I.s shall:

a. Make note of original victim position.
b. Request the C.S.U. Investigator photo and take measurements of the crime scene.

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.07A. Upon discovery of a "mysterious" homicide or one in which no witnesses or suspects are apparent, or where it appears a solution to the crime may rest heavily on the development of physical evidence to identify a criminal actor or actors, the only officers authorized to enter a crime scene;

are those specifically charged with processing the area for physical evidence.

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.07B. Officers Assigned locate the video recording origin and take custody of the VHS tape and pull;

the tab on the side to prevent recording over the evidence.

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.06B. Identifies and interviews witnesses outside the immediate crime scene area;

Follow-Up Unit Detectives

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.06B. Follow-Up Unit Detectives make arrangements for witnesses to give their statements and when transportation is necessary, advises a;

Patrol Division Sergeant .

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.06B. Identifies and interviews witnesses outside the immediate crime scene area;

Follow-Up Unit Detectives

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06B. Follow-Up Unit Detectives make arrangements for witnesses to give their statements and when transportation is necessary, advises a;

Patrol Division Sergeant .

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.07A. In every instance, officers / U.E.D.I.s call for emergency medical assistance at;

Homicide or violent crime scenes.

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07A. Personnel authorized to enter a homicide or violent crime scene includes:a. First officer / U.E.D.I. to arrive;

b. Emergency medical personnel;
c. Assigned Patrol Division Sergeant;
d. officers / U.E.D.I.s to secure crime scene;
e. Assigned C.S.U. Investigators, C.S.U. supervisor;
f. Assigned follow-up personnel; ad
g. Investigators Bexar County M.E.

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.07A. Will assign a Patrol Officer to complete SAPD Form 4130, “Crime Scene Personnel Log,” to document all personnel entering the crime scene. Patrol Division Supervisor.07A. SAPD Form 4130 will be forwarded to the

Homicide Unit;prior to the end of the assigned Patrol Officer’s tour of duty.

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.07A. In every instance, officers / U.E.D.I.s call for emergency medical assistance.Homicide or violent crime scenes.07A. Personnel authorized to enter a homicide or violent crime scene includes:a. First officer / U.E.D.I. to arrive;

a. Emergency medical personnel;
b. Assigned Patrol Division Sergeant;
c. officers / U.E.D.I.s to secure crime scene;
d. Assigned C.S.U. Investigators, C.S.U. supervisor;
e Assigned follow-up personnel; ad
f. Investigators Bexar County M.E..07A. Will assign a Patrol Officer to complete SAPD Form 4130, “Crime Scene Personnel Log,” to document all personnel entering the crime scene. Patrol Division Supervisor.

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07A. SAPD Form 4130 will be forwarded to the
Homicide Unit;prior to;

the end of the assigned Patrol Officer’s tour of duty.

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.07A. Homicide and/or violent crime scenes. In every instance, officers/UEDIs call for;

emergency medical assistance.

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.07A. Personnel authorized to enter a homicide or violent crime scene includes:

a. First officer/UEDI to arrive;
b. Emergency medical personnel;
c. Assigned Patrol Division Sergeant;
d. More officers/UEDIs necessary to secure;
e. C.S.U. Investigators, and supervisor;
f. Assigned follow-up personnel; and
g. M.E. Investigators

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.07. A Patrol Division Supervisor will assign a Patrol Officer to complete SAPD Form 4130, “Crime Scene
Personnel Log,” and it will be forwarded to the
Homicide Unit prior to the end of the;

assigned Patrol Officer’s tour of duty.

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.07A . Once the crime scene has been deemed secure any personnel entering an indoor crime scene will wear;

protective shoe coverings and gloves;

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.07A . Any personnel entering an outdoor crime scene will;

wear gloves. The use of any additional equipment,
such as shoe covers, will be determined by an Investigations Division Supervisor.

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.07A . The Follow-Up Unit Supervisor or his designee, will be responsible for the;

direction and coordination of the investigation

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.07A . When the victim is obviously dead, the body may not be moved without authorization from the M.E. or a M.E. Investigator, except:

a. In emergency circumstances; or
b. In cases of unreasonable delay after repeated attempts to contact M.E.'s Office have failed.

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.07B. Crime Scenes Where Video Recordings Are Made:Officers assigned: Locate the video recording origin and take custody of the VHS tape and;

pull the tab on the side of the VHS tape so the tape cannot be recorded over.

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.07B . Viewing of the master video recording by officers is only allowed when it is needed for;

immediate information on the crime and can be done in a manner which does not risk the master video, with approval from the follow-up unit.

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.07B . Maintains custody and control of the master video recording, unless the master video recording is
released to a Crime Scene Unit Investigator or Technical Investigations Detail detective at a life threatening incident or is requested by a member of the follow-up unit.

Officer assigned

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.07B. Upon completion of his crime scene duties, the officer delivers the master video recording and a copy
of his report to the;

video tape receptacle located in the Headquarters Building Central Mail Room.

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.07B. If the master video recording was released to a Crime Scene Investigator or a member of the follow-up
unit, the officer shall attach a;

copy of his report to the master video recording before releasing the master video recording.

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.07B. Returns the master video recording along with a copy of his report and the officer’s;

report to the video tape receptacle located in the Headquarters Building Central Mail Room.

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.07B. Crime Scene Unit Investigator Assigned
Takes custody of the master video recording if the crime is a;

life-threatening incident;

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.07B. If the digital video copy cannot be made, the Crime Scene Unit Investigator shall take custody of all
digital video equipment including;

the monitor when requested by a supervisor and place it in the Property Room.

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.07B. They shall also route a copy of their report to the follow-up unit and;

Technical Investigations Detail supervisors.

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.07B. Follow-Up Unit Detective(s) Assigned
(1) Views or takes custody of a master video recording of a crime involving a;

life threatening incident.

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.07B. The follow-up unit detective should view the master video recording to verify;

the incident was properly recorded.

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.07B. If the master video recording is made from a digital recording device the video should be viewed on;

another computer if available to verify the incident was properly recorded and downloaded.

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.07B. If the follow-up unit detective takes custody of a master video recording, he delivers the master video
recording, with copies of reports from the assigned officer/UEDI and C.S.U. Investigator, along with a copy of his report, to the;

video tape receptacle located in the Headquarters Building Central Mail Room.

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.07B. When requested, he determines whether forced entry into the video recording origin is necessary to recover a master video recording.

the supervisor

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.07B. When custody of the video evidence is refused, the supervisor will notify the follow-up unit to let them determine if they want to do an;

immediate search warrant or wait to obtain the video evidence at a later date.

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.07B. When advised a master video recording cannot be made the supervisor determines if the offense is
severe enough to notify the;

Technical Investigations Detail Detectives, after business hours, to respond to the scene and make a digital video.

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.07B. Police involved shooting or Capital Murder investigation where video holds a key role in the investigation, the offense is severe enough to notify the

Technical Investigations Detail Detectives, after business hours, to respond to the scene and make a digital video.

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.07B. So that the Technical Investigations Detail Detectives can respond and attempt to make a digital video copy of the incident, the;

supervisor will have the Communication Unit call the Detectives

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.07C. In the event the owner or representative is not available to give consent, the UEDI/Crime Scene Unit Investigator should conduct a latent print investigation following these guidelines:

(1) Point of entry; and
(2) Point of exit.

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.07C. When the owner or authorized representative cannot be located, and when the need exists, a;

supervisory officer may authorize the processing of the burglary scene.

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.07C. A UEDI/Crime Scene Unit Investigator is canceled when the investigating officer at the scene determines;

the offense of burglary has not been committed

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.07C. A UEDI/Crime Scene Unit Investigator is canceled when a supervisor at the scene determines;

it is impossible to lift prints or obtain other evidence;

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.07D. When a safe has been entered, the officer secures;

* the immediate area surrounding the safe,
* the entry point,
* the exit point.

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.07E. Burglary of Vehicle Crime Scenes: Burglarized vehicles are processed for latent fingerprints when:

a. An arrest has been made;
b. There is a suspect and a possible prints inside;
c. theft involves loss of great monetary value;
d. complainant requests vehicle printed.

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.07E. The owner or authorized representative should be present to give effective consent and may;

refuse to allow the vehicle to be fingerprinted.

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.07E. When the owner or authorized representative cannot be located, who may authorize the processing of the vehicle when the need exists?

a supervisory officer

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.07F. The UEDI /C.S.U. Investigator makes every effort to conduct the processing of the vehicle at the scene of recovery, unless the following prohibitive circumstances exist:

a. Inclement weather;
b. Inadequate lighting; or
c. Offense seriousness requires the C.S.U. move the vehicle to the evidence stall

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.07H. When a firearm comes into the custody and control of an officer and the possibility exists the weapon has been used in any type of violent offense or criminal activity, the officer immediately notifies;

his supervisor of the circumstances of the recovery.

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.07H. If the supervisor determines the firearm is to be processed as evidence, a U.E.D.I. /Crime Scene Unit
Investigator is to respond to the scene to;

take immediate charge of the evidence.

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.07H. Whenever a firearm is reported stolen, an officer, in addition to completing the required report, shall immediately report the stolen firearm to the appropriate;

service area Service Agent by telephone for entry
into NCIC/TCIC.

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The stolen firearm report is submitted at the;

end of the tour of duty with the words “CALLED-IN” written at the top of the report.

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.07I. Detective should be present during the execution of search warrants where digital storage devices are
anticipated with prior;

approval from the Technical Investigations Detail Supervisor.

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.07I. Officers encountering digital storage devices should use caution so as not to damage or destroy the digital evidence. Officers should not manipulate switches, buttons, keyboards or any other input devices on digital storage devices unless;

instructed to do so by a computer forensic detective.

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.07I. Who will will determine if a Detective should respond to the scene.

The Technical Investigations Detail Supervisor

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