Evidence Collection Books: How to Gather Forensic Materials from a Crime Scene

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What is Evidence Collection?

Evidence Collection is defined as – the process of retrieving the evidence from a crime scene “as-is” and without damaging the evidence.  It is generally referred to as the process for collecting physical evidence, data and photographs from a crime scene or other location during a crime scene investigation.

Although evidence is primarily collected by police officers and crime scene forensic specialists and related technicians, private detectives may visit the crime scene after the fact in an attempt to gather new or different evidence for their clients. During this type of investigation, it is critical that private detectives have an understanding of proper evidence collection, preservation and analysis procedures. There are a number of great books on the subject that can be used to augment your on-the-job training, or formal education.

List of Evidence Collection Books

The following books can help serve as a great resource to help private eyes learn about the general process, proper procedures, and applicable laws of collecting objects and information related to a crime.  Private investigators can use these books to learn:

  • Proper procedures for collecting forensic evidence and data from the scene of the crime
  • How to separate what is useful from what is not
  • How to take crime scene photographs and video like the pros
  • How to correctly store, preserve and protect evidence from contamination
  • How to examine and analyze the objects and information and draw conclusions about what happened during the crime
  • How evidence is presented in a court of law to support conclusions or theories

Evidence Collection – Handbook

The Evidence Collection handbook is designed to serve as a quick reference guide on the effective procedures for the collection, preservation, and transmittal of evidence for examination, analysis, and presentation at the time of prosecution. This is an excellent handbook to be used by P.I.’s as a quick reference guide for learning the right way to collect forensic materials from a crime scene. We recommend adding it to your reference library.

Forensic Investigation Handbook: An Introduction To The Collection, Preservation, Analysis, And Presentation Of Evidence

This handbook provides an overview of the process and procedures involved in collecting, securing, preserving and analyzing evidence from a crime scene. This is a great guide for forensic investigators, private eyes and police officers, anyone conducting an investigation. Another great addition to your bookshelf.

Buy these and other Evidence Collection Books at Amazon.com.

For more information, see our Crime Scene Investigation section. Also, check out our full list of Private Investigator Books.


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