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4.6 Preservation of Evidence

Evidence is one of the most important items obtained from a search effort. Potential evidence might include: anything that matches descriptions of clothing, personal items, anything that appears "out of place," documents, tire tracks, shoe prints, fingerprints, blood and body fluids, hair, fibers, and other trace evidence. It is imperative that any evidence or crime scene be left undisturbed. Too many cases are lost by "chain of custody" and "preservation of evidence" errors. If possible photograph overall scene as found, but do not encroach upon the scene. It is better to make a false call for law enforcement than to miss or mis-handle evidence.

Take names, addresses, and phone numbers of all team members involved in the discovery of evidence for later debriefing.

If potential evidence is found, the procedure is:


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