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identify who has entered the scene and what may have been tampered with. For example ifmedics have responded often times they indirectly alter evidence and affect the scene by steppingon evidence, moving the body, etc. The detective must also ask the responding officers for theirinitial observations as well as determine who was present at the scene upon their initial arrival.This will help the detective develop reasonable suspicion as well as probable cause which arerequired by the Fourth Amendment for investigations to proceed, along with exigentcircumstances in order to justify a warrant-less search(Bendert, J. & Bradley, R., 2011).Following these steps and properly identifying the crime with its supporting elements arevital in the process of criminal investigation. If the crime is not properly identified and theelements are not met, it will be nearly impossible to prosecute the defendant and the whole casehas the risk of being thrown out entirely(Brown, M., 2001). This being said if the crime is notproperly identified the results are catastrophic and run the risk of the suspected killer walkingfree.Gather evidence / proof of the crime.Another vital step in the process of investigating a potential homicide or any crime forthat matter is the collection of evidence. Evidence can be found in many forms, such as;fingerprints, strand of hair, pictures of wounds, and statements. It is always important to ensurethat evidence is collected properly and lawfully. Evidence that is collected improperly maybecome damaged and in turn can tamper with the information gathered from the evidence.
3Furthermore evidence collected unlawfully (i.e. a non-mirandized statement or evidence seizedin an unlawful search) will be inadmissible in court and can completely destroy the entireinvestigation. This being said it is always important as a law enforcement officer to completelyknow the rules and not violate a person’s constitutional rights.

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