Prioritize the order in which evidence will be collected at a burglary scene. Collect biological fluids (discarded hat, partially eaten food, blood stain, etc), trace materials and evidence of a fragile nature first.
The second priority would be to collect swabs from handled items that have been moved, are out of place or do not belong to the resident.
A third priority type of evidence that may be at a burglary scene includes the potentially lower-quality biological evidence.
Circumstances and local agency procedures may dictate the priority process. Investigators should contact their local laboratory for specific collection procedures or policies.
Additional Online Courses
- What Every First Responding Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes
- DNA – A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook
- Crime Scene and DNA Basics
- Laboratory Safety Programs
- DNA Amplification
- Population Genetics and Statistics
- Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA
- Firearms Examiner Training
- Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decisionmakers
- What Every Investigator and Evidence Technician Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court
- Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert
- Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues
- DNA Extraction and Quantitation
- STR Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Communication Skills, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony
- Español for Law Enforcement
- Amplified DNA Product Separation for Forensic Analysts