q Receive call information from patrol supervisor and if necessary, clarify the known facts.
q Discuss notiﬁcation and response protocols with state, local or community leaders and those that have police oversight.
If necessary, establish direct lines of communication.
q Identify the location of the command post (CP) and who is the incident commander (IC).
q Perceive the number of crime scenes and needed investigative resources. A non-fatal shooting investigation will likely
include at least two scenes that require investigative resources – shooting scene and hospital scene. Multiple victims
could involve multiple hospitals.
q Assign investigative resources to respond to each scene – this will include investigators and possibly additional
q If needed, order/request special resources for response. Requesting a mobile command post to be dispatched to your
primary crime scene could be an invaluable asset.
q Safely respond to the scene.
q Arrive at CP and debrief the initial IC.
q Conﬁrm that scene is safe.
q Has needed medical attention been rendered? If not, coordinate the response.
q Have outstanding suspect descriptions been broadcasted?
q If appropriate, assume IC and communicate the change in command.
q Revaluate your investigative resources – what is needed? Photographer, crime scene technician, etc.
q Communicate with supervisors at secondary scenes and/or investigative command center (ofﬁce) if applicable.
q If applicable, communicate with Real Time Crime Center.
q Ensure the crime scene is properly established and preserved. Key considerations:
q Establish outer and inner perimeters
q Scene security ofﬁcer(s)
q Restrict access to essential personnel ONLY
q Victims, witnesses, and suspects should be separated to maintain the integrity of the investigation.
q Victims, witnesses, and suspects should have been checked for wants, warrants, prior police contacts and arrest records.
q Is a search warrant needed to process the scene? Most indoor scenes require consent or a search warrant to process it.
There is no crime scene exception to the 4th Amendment.
q Is there a need for a media staging area? Designating an area for media brieﬁngs keeps them out of the crime scene.
ASSIGNMENT OF INVESTIGATIVE RESOURCES:
q Brief investigative team.
q Determine how many onsite interviews are needed.
q Assign interviews with the expectation that the results will be communicated to supervision prior to the victim or witness
leaving the scene. Comparing onsite interviews will uncover inconsistences that require further investigation.
q Ensure responding medical personnel have been identiﬁed and interviewed.
q Assign personnel to process the crime scene. Specialty equipment or assistance may be needed.
q Ensure crime scene photographs are taken and a sketch is completed.
q Are technologies such as a gunshot location detection system available? If so, ensure the data and recording is reviewed
and included in the investigation.
NATIONAL POLICE FOUNDATION MODEL
INVESTIGATIVE MANAGEMENT CHECKLIST