Use of a tape recorder may prove helpful in major cases where the amount of
physical material is large and the search of the crime scene very lengthy and
By taping observations and findings, the investigator can include more
details in his notes.
One disadvantage of recording notes is the difficulty the
investigator would have in consulting the recorded transcript. In all cases, the
tapes should be transcribed into a written record so that the investigator may use
it more easily in court.
The investigator's notes should be kept permanently in the local office case file.
This will constitute a record that may later prove valuable. Even if the accused
is convicted, there is always the possibility than an appeal or some other civil
action will require the investigator's reappearance in court.