Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders, Second Edition

This Guide is intended for first responders to a variety of crime scenes who may have the responsibility of protecting, recognizing, collecting and preserving electronic evidence at the scene.

  • Chapter 1 profiles the types of electronic devices commonly encountered in crime scenes, provides a general description of each type of device, and describes the potential evidence that may be found in each type of equipment.
  • Chapter 2 lists the investigative tools and equipment recommended for the collection, packaging and transportation of electronic evidence.
  • Chapter 3 focuses on securing and evaluating the crime scene, and outlines the steps necessary to ensure the safety of all persons at the scene while protecting the integrity of all evidence—traditional and electronic.
  • Chapter 4 provides guidelines for documenting the scene.
  • Chapter 5 covers evidence-collection procedures.
  • Chapter 6 addresses procedures for packaging, transportation and storage of electronic evidence.
  • Chapter 7 provides guidelines for the forensic examination of electronic evidence by 14 crime categories.

A glossary completes the Guide.

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Using This Guide

When the STOP sign or text is encountered in this guide, the first responder is advised to STOP, review the corresponding information, and proceed accordingly.
When the YIELD sign or text is encountered in this guide, the first responder is advised to review the corresponding information and proceed accordingly.

Intended Audience for This Guide

  • Anyone who may encounter a crime scene that might involve digital evidence.
  • Everyone who processes a crime scene that includes digital evidence.
  • Everyone who supervises personnel who process such crime scenes.
  • Everyone who manages an organization that processes such crime scenes.
Date Created: April 9, 2008