L3R – 5.3 Responsibilities at a Crime Scene

Responsibilities at a Crime Scene

First and foremost, the job of a security officer is to observe and report. Second, they are then expected to protect themselves and others from further harm. This might include providing first aid. Thirdly, a security officer must secure the area to prevent the movement or destruction of evidence. Like law enforcement who encounter crime scenes, the actions taken, or not taken, by security officers can make the difference between identifying the perpetrator(s) and successful prosecution or the case ending up in a cold-case file indefinitely.

Whenever possible, entry to the scene should be avoided. It is the responsibility of law enforcement to collect evidence. One of the best ways to ensure you’re handling a crime scene properly is to ensure that you are displaying proper professionalism and ethics.