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Securing a Crime Scene Paper

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Section/# Crime Scene Contamination One of the crucial elements in helping to derive useful inference from any crime scene is with respect to preserving the crime scene as it exists when first responders find it. The underlying reason behind this has to do with the need for preserving all evidence as it was left without any contamination taking place (Wyatt, 2014). Case after case illustrates the fact that contamination of a crime scene can lead to incorrect and otherwise faulty inference on the part of the police which can in turn lead to the prosecution exhibiting a less than robust case and/or charging the wrong individual with the crime (Balemba et al., 2014). Ultimately, the importance of maintaining a contamination-free crime zones and one that is not meddled with has a profound impact with respect to the equity of the entire justice system (Lehmann et al., 2013). Due to the fact that an individual is generally charged with a crime based upon the evidence that exists at one given time, the ability to go back and retrieve evidenced in the past is not always readily available (Aquila et al., 2014). As such, the strength of the prosecution and the overall equity of the criminal justice system rests upon the ability of stakeholders to derive useful inference from a pristine crime scene that was left just as it was left by the individual responsible for committing it. Within this frame of understanding, the consequence of the contaminated crime scene relates to a situation in which scientific inquiry, police investigation, and jurisprudence is potentially led astray to understand a faulty representation of the way in which events and situations actually transpired (Vivona, 2014)ReferencesAquila, I., Ausania, F., Di Nunzio, C., Serra, A., Boca, S., Capelli, A., amp. … Ricci, P. (2014). The Role of Contamination in Crime Scene Investigation: Case Report and Review of Literature.Journal Of Forensic Sciences (Wiley-Blackwell),59(3), 820-824. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.12401Balemba, S., Beauregard, E., amp. Martineau, M. (2014). Getting away with murder: a thematic approach to solved and unsolved homicides using crime scene factors.Police Practice amp. Research,15(3), 221-233. doi:10.1080/15614263.2013.846548Lehmann, R. B., Goodwill, A. M., Gallasch-Nemitz, F., Biedermann, J., amp. Dahle, K. (2013). Applying Crime Scene Analysis to the Prediction of Contamination.Law amp. Human Behavior (American Psychological Association),37(4), 241-254. doi:10.1037/lhb0000015Vivona, B. (2014). Crime Scene Practive: An Overview of Contamination.Police Quarterly,17(2), 127-149. doi:10.1177/1098611114531418Wyatt, D. (2014). Practising crime scene investigation: trace and contamination in routine work.Policing amp. Society,24(4), 443-458. doi:10.1080/10439463.2013.868460