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150 words agree or disagree

1)   What are the preliminary steps to an arson investigation?

The preliminary investigation in an arson are the scene needs to be accessed with immediate aide to be rendered to victims. The scene needs to be taken control of by establishing a perimeter and have continuous monitoring of who has access to the scene. Any and all evidence needs to be collected that is present. It needs to be figured out if there are any witnesses to the arson as well. It needs to be checked if there are any unusual burn patterns or if there are unusual odors present (NIJ, 2009). There has to be a very detailed search and analysis of the scene because it is very easy for the evidence to be destroyed by the fire as it burns. Also, first responders and firefighters can very easily destroy evidence by being present and fighting the fire because evidence is so small and delicate. The determination of the origin of the fire and the determination of what was the mechanism of cause need to be figured out as well. Fire debris sample kits will be utilized in the lab portion of the investigation to find out detailed information regarding the fire. 

2)   What are some signs to look for that lead you to believe that arson may have occurred?

Extreme care must be taken by the arson investigator to not damage evidence or destroy it. The first thing that needs to be done by the arson investigator is to rule out the potential of a natural or accidental cause of the fire. This could range from a lighting strike, to a cigarette that was thrown out carelessly. Everything is analyzed the flame damaged effect that was on the structure present throughout the fire as well as the harm and injuries that it caused to the victims of there were any (NIJ, 2009). Also, if there were any present fire igniters and enhancers. A big sign that is looked at is the odors and smells that are left to help figure out the presence of chemicals and mechanism of fire (Edsicker, & O’Connoer, 1996). Lastly is the color and type of smoke that was left behind could all help paint the picture if there was an arsonist that birthed the fire. 

3)   Discuss how legal entry can be made into a fire scene and some of the legal challenges that can arise in entry to the fire scene.

When the parameter is put into place there should be a documented and limited number of individuals that are let through only the individuals that have to be there present at the arson scene. There should be photography and evidence collection of all pertinent information at the scene. This is to include any containers, chemical and DNA that was collected so that it can be utilized in the case at court. 

References

NIJ. (2009). A Guide for Investigating Fire and Arson: Arriving at the Fire and/or Arson Scene. Retrieved from https://www.nij.gov/topics/law-enforcement/investigations/crime-scene/guides/fire-arson/pages/arrive.aspx

edsicker, D., & O’Connor, J. (1996). Practical fire and arson investigation (2nd ed.). Boco Raton: CRC Press.    

150 words agree or disagree

1)   What are the preliminary steps to an arson investigation?

The preliminary investigation in an arson are the scene needs to be accessed with immediate aide to be rendered to victims. The scene needs to be taken control of by establishing a perimeter and have continuous monitoring of who has access to the scene. Any and all evidence needs to be collected that is present. It needs to be figured out if there are any witnesses to the arson as well. It needs to be checked if there are any unusual burn patterns or if there are unusual odors present (NIJ, 2009). There has to be a very detailed search and analysis of the scene because it is very easy for the evidence to be destroyed by the fire as it burns. Also, first responders and firefighters can very easily destroy evidence by being present and fighting the fire because evidence is so small and delicate. The determination of the origin of the fire and the determination of what was the mechanism of cause need to be figured out as well. Fire debris sample kits will be utilized in the lab portion of the investigation to find out detailed information regarding the fire. 

2)   What are some signs to look for that lead you to believe that arson may have occurred?

Extreme care must be taken by the arson investigator to not damage evidence or destroy it. The first thing that needs to be done by the arson investigator is to rule out the potential of a natural or accidental cause of the fire. This could range from a lighting strike, to a cigarette that was thrown out carelessly. Everything is analyzed the flame damaged effect that was on the structure present throughout the fire as well as the harm and injuries that it caused to the victims of there were any (NIJ, 2009). Also, if there were any present fire igniters and enhancers. A big sign that is looked at is the odors and smells that are left to help figure out the presence of chemicals and mechanism of fire (Edsicker, & O’Connoer, 1996). Lastly is the color and type of smoke that was left behind could all help paint the picture if there was an arsonist that birthed the fire. 

3)   Discuss how legal entry can be made into a fire scene and some of the legal challenges that can arise in entry to the fire scene.

When the parameter is put into place there should be a documented and limited number of individuals that are let through only the individuals that have to be there present at the arson scene. There should be photography and evidence collection of all pertinent information at the scene. This is to include any containers, chemical and DNA that was collected so that it can be utilized in the case at court. 

References

NIJ. (2009). A Guide for Investigating Fire and Arson: Arriving at the Fire and/or Arson Scene. Retrieved from https://www.nij.gov/topics/law-enforcement/investigations/crime-scene/guides/fire-arson/pages/arrive.aspx

edsicker, D., & O’Connor, J. (1996). Practical fire and arson investigation (2nd ed.). Boco Raton: CRC Press.   

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