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FBI Handbook of Forensic Services.

For FBI Field Officers, Attorneys, US Law Enforcement Agencies.

This revealing app details techniques of examination, best practice, guidelines for investigations and submission of evidence. Easy to navigate: the information at your finger tips.

Anyone with an interest in forensic science or crime will find the document fascinating. Internationally the FBI’s methods are held in the very highest esteem. Lawyers and Law Enforcement Agencies abroad will find information on key standards in forensic examinations….

How can evidence be collected? How can it be stored and recorded in a way that preserves its integrity?

The Handbook deals with over 50 different types of examination including:

Arson, Bank Security Dye, Computers, Drugs, Explosives, Firearms, Ink, Handwriting, Paint, Serial Numbers, Shoes, Soil, Tires, Video, Wood and more.

How should DNA samples be taken and stored from:

Blood? Bloodstains? Bone? Hair? Semen? Bodily fluids? Surfaces?

The Handbook also contains a section on Crime Scene Safety and Crime Scene Search.

What stages are there in a search? What preliminary assessments should be made? How are particular dangers approached: confined spaces, excavations and airborne particles?

A step-by-step guide to forensic examinations.

In no way do the FBI or any other US Government body endorse the republication of this public document.
The FBI Handbook of Forensic Sciences is produced by the FBI Laboratory Division.