Direction of north.
Measurement scale used.
These are the minimum requirements.
More than one sketch may be made of a particular crime scene.
For example, one
sketch may reflect the measurements of the scene. Another sketch may depict camera
positioning, and one sketch may show the location of items involved in the scene.
Separate sketches may be the best way to record multiple scenes in large areas of
Photographs provide a permanent record and serve as a means to
preserve all details of a crime scene.
Photographs also supplement notes,
sketches, and written reports.
Photographs provide a permanent record of fragile evidence and preserve details of
the crime scene.
Fingerprints are an example of fragile evidence.
photographed prior to lifting to provide a record of the print.
Photographs should be taken as soon as possible after the incident, and should show
The immediate scene.
Areas in the immediate vicinity or in connection with the scene.
Points of entry and exit.
Areas containing evidence pertaining to the incident.
Any evidence of a struggle.
Anything unusual or unnatural.
Color photographs are preferred in most situations. Photographs should be taken of
all injuries sustained by victims or suspects for the purpose of documentation.