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Question: Programme Level & Title: BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) Level 3
Unit Number & Title: Unit 40: Criminal Investigations in Practice

Assignment Title: Assignment 1 – Crime Scene Examination
Course Code: AS2212A14 / AS2211A14

Criminal Investigation in Practice – Unit 40
Learning Outcome 1 – Assignment 1
LO1 – Be able to research a crime case, appreciating the various procedures and practices involved in evidence collection

Case Number: 7045/546/IS
Crime Scene Location: Flat 21, 115 Golden Lane, London, EC1Y 0TJ

Case Details: At 8.28am this morning, Police were called by concerned neighbours to a first floor flat in Golden Lane, London. On entry the first Police officer attending the scene discovered the decomposing body of a woman. The victim has been formally identified as 22-year old Chrissie Azzopardi. The victim lived alone in the flat and was last seen the week before by a friend who visited the victim at home. There is no forced entry to the flat, however there is some evidence of a struggle. The initial response police team have set up crime scene boundaries and the body has been transferred to St Pancras Mortuary for a post-mortem examination. Met Police Officers from the Homicide & Serious Crime Command are investigating the murder. The victim is from Tunisia and the Home Office UK Border Agency have been notified to investigate whether the victim had a visa to enter the UK, however it is believed that the victim may have been smuggled into the country illegally.

Aim: You are a forensic scientist working for a large forensic science company. Police are investigating a murder case and SOCO’s have submitted a number of items of evidence to the laboratory for analysis. You must carry out a range of biological, chemical and physical forensic techniques to analyse the evidence and complete the necessary forensic laboratory documentation for the criminal investigation case file. You must also write a report on your examination to the Police describing your analysis. Your report will be submitted to court as part of the criminal investigation case file.

P1 Carry out research into a crime case, outlining the procedures followed to secure the crime scene and collect/preserve evidence for scientific and physical analysis
P2 Explain the types of evidence recovered during the investigation
P4 Describe the analysis of evidence from the crime scene
M1 Describe how different types of evidence from the crime scene were collected and preserved
D1 Analyse the procedures, taking account of factors contributing to valid evidence collection

Answer: Task 1 (P1)
Arrival Issues
When we first arrive to the scene w are required to check that there aren’t any injured victims at the scene. If there are, they need to be assisted and either taken to hospital or given medical attention. There are also other issues that may prevent this, such as losing any potential evidence when they get taken to hospital. All suspects found at the scene are to be arrested immediately, and given any medical assistance if they are injured also.
All witnesses need to be separated from each other so that truthful and accurate statements are given. No information is told to be said by other witnesses. All information is to be recorded, this will be very important for police investigate the crime. The statements are normally taken from the witnesses that were currently present at the original scene of crime. The address, time, date and parties involved, peo...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Forensic Science
  • Course: BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) Level 3
  • Level: BTEC
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 5492
  • Date submitted: May 03, 2018
  • Date written: October, 2014
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8400

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