In a violent crime, much of the evidence may be found on the victim and suspect. In these circumstances, the body becomes a crime scene. Crimes of violence are usually considered a more important type of crime than a crime merely involving private property or the public peace, so realizing that evidence may be present and taking the time and effort to isolate, preserve and collect the associated evidence becomes paramount. However, in all types of crimes, even violent ones, the location where the event happened is also considered a crime scene. A crime scene can be expected to hold evidence. This evidence may confirm that the crime happened, that it happened at this location, the manner in which it happened and who is responsible.
This unit will cover how crime scenes are located, identified, defined, isolated, searched and documented. The answers to these questions will affect how evidence is collected, packaged and transported.
In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in Science, Math and English Language Arts (ELA) that supplement the primary core area of study.