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Tools & Equipments for Crime Scene Investigation

In Crime Scene Investigation, An investigator needs some tools which help in collecting evidences, preserving crime scene, etc.

Here is the list of some essential items for investigating officers which they need to carry with them all time, especially on a crime-scene.

The list of Tools and Equipments is start from Crime Scene Barricade Tape, which is very essential to block the scene to anyone. This is the first thing an investigating officer or first responding officer needs after calling the ambulance for the injured person if there’s one.

Then the List includes:

  • Magnifying glass
  • Bindle paper.
  • Biohazard bags.
  • Consent/search forms.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Flares.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Markers
  • Marker stickers such as numbers, letters, arrows, scales.
  • Notebook.
  • Paper bags.
  • Personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, booties, hair covering, overalls and mask).
  • Bodily fluid collection kit (sterile swabs, distilled water, — optional presumptive tests, and sterile packaging that allows the swabs to air dry).
  • Evidence collection containers (e.g., jars, paper bags, resealable plastic bags, metal paint style cans).
  • Camera (plus memory cards, back up battery, remote flash, tripod and remote cord).
  • Evidence seals/tape.
  • Footwear casting materials.
  • Fingerprint ink pad and pint cards for elimination prints.
  • Graph paper and pencils, small ruler or straight edge.
  • Latent print kit.
  • Measuring devices (e.g, measuring wheel, tape measures of varying lengths).
  • Multifunction utility tool.
  • Placards.
  • Plastic resealable bags (various sizes)
  • Scales for photography.
  • Spray paint, chalk, etc.
  • Syringe/knife tubes.
  • Tweezers(disposable).
  • Cutting instruments (knives, box cutter, scalpel, scissors).
  • Directional marker/compass.
  • Entomology (insect) collection kit.
  • Flags (surveyor type) for marking evidence and setting up search patterns.
  • Forensic light source (alternate light source, UV lamp/laser, goggles).
  • Gunshot residue kit.
  • High-intensity lights.
  • Labels.
  • Laser trajectory kit.
  • Maps.
  • Marking paint/snow wax.
  • Metal detector.
  • Nail clippers and orange peeler (for collecting debris under suspect fingernails).
  • Pocket knife.
  • Presumptive blood test supplies.
  • Refrigeration or cooling unit.
  • Sexual assault evidence collection kit (for victim and suspect).
  • Tarps to protect evidence from the weather.
  • Thermometer.
  • Tool kit.
  • Traffic cones.