Crime scene investigations and criminalists of late have had a lot of new advancements. These include improved forensic technologies and tools, automation, miniaturization and standardization of the whole scene. Despite all these improvements, law enforcement officers are expected to carry out proper preparation as they get ready to testify in the court. The following are some of the methods that the law enforcement officers use while preparing for testifying:
This is the initial stage of all the hearings that do happen at the court. A law enforcement officer needs to gather all the necessary evidence that will be used during court trial. Although scientific methods like use of laser, electrostatic lifts, and alternate light source can be used for evidence collection, still accuracy while documenting the reports should be observed. Thereafter, a thorough checkup of these documents should be done so as to ensure that there is no error that may arise during presentation as a result of the difference between what is said and what is documented
Performance is one of the core factors that matters during presentation of crime scene evidence in the court. Higher level of professionalism should be observed during the time of presentation. Hence, law enforcement officers are expected to train on how they will behave on the trial scene. They should ensure that their dressing cord are professional, they maintain confidence. Their body languages should also not contradict what they say. They should ensure that they maintain eye contact with the jurors. Law enforcement officers should also train on how to maintain their connections with the jurors. Movement, respect during the trial and facial expression should be worked upon because most of the jurors are interested on how an individual behaves when presenting their evidence. The evidence will be considered valid or not depending on how it is presented.
Thomas B. (2007) Crime Scene Investigation, Criminalistics and the Law ebook retrieved from https://edge.apus.edu/xsl-portal/site/216981/page/1624c90a-194f-4f55-9cee-43c2e5a41d04 On 22nd April 2013