A Guide to Death Scene Investigation: Investigative Tools and Equipment

  1. Alternate Light Source
  2. Barrier Sheeting or Tent (to shield body/area from public view).
  3. Biohazard Plastic Trash Bags
  4. Blood Collection Tubes
  5. Body Bags with Locks
  6. Body ID Tags
  7. Business Cards
  8. Camera Equipment
  9. Clean Body Cover (Sheet/Drape)
  10. Communication Equipment
  11. Crime Scene Tape
  12. Departmental Scene Forms
  13. Disposable Protective Suit
  14. Evidence Identification Markers
  15. Evidence Seal/Tape
  16. Face and Eye Protection
  17. First Aid Kit
  18. Flashlight
  19. Hair Cover
  20. Hand Tools (e.g., bolt cutter, hammer, metal detector, paint brushes pocketknife, rope, shovel, etc.)
  21. Investigative Notebooks
  22. Latent Print Kit
  23. Latex Gloves
  24. Maps, Compass, and/or GPS
  25. Masks
  26. Measurement Instruments
  27. Official Identification
  28. Packing Material (e.g., clean unused paper bags, envelopes, metal cans, tape, rubber bands, etc.)
  29. Personal Supplies (e.g., insect spray, sun screen, hat, raincoat, umbrella, boots (for wet conditions and constructions sites) etc.).
  30. Photo Identifier (e.g., header frame, placards).
  31. Phone Lists and Contact Information
  32. Portable Lighting
  33. Recording Device
  34. Reenactment Doll(s)
  35. Resource Material (e.g., death scene clean-up, grief support, organ procurement, etc.)
  36. Scene Safety Equipment (e.g., biological/chemical/industrial, fire, hardhat, reflective vest, etc.)
  37. Sharps Container
  38. Shoe/Boot Covers
  39. Specimen Containers
  40. Thermometer (ambient and body temperature)
  41. Trace Evidence Recovery Equipment (e.g., blades, cotton-tipped swabs, disposable syringe, forceps, GSR and hand lens (magnifying glass), large gauge needles, presumptive blood test kit, scalpel handle, tweezers, etc.)
  42. Watch
  43. Waterless Hand Wash/Disinfectant
  44. Writing Instruments
Date Created: June 16, 2011