Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crimes
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This training was completed and published in 2007 supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 2007-DD-BX-K072 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The original format of this training used the Adobe Flash Player, which is no longer supported. We are making this modified, browser-ready material and videos available for historical reference, without the original quizes and grading.

Training Overview

Welcome to the Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes web site. This interactive training program is delivered in four modules:

  1. Types of Evidence.
  2. Crime Scenes.
  3. Evidence Collection.
  4. Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Those modules introduce and describe the following key concepts:

  • Types of physical evidence frequently encountered at a property crime scene.
  • Methods used to maintain the integrity of evidence.
  • Types of crime scenes and the methods used to search and document crime scenes.
  • Process used to collect, mark, and package biological evidence.
  • Crime scene reporting.
  • CODIS operated databases.

Suggested crime scene procedural guidelines and information to supplement the second and third modules are available in more detail in the accompanying documents:

If you are a first-time user, it is recommended you go through the User Guide to familiarize yourself with the program. Click here to go to the user guide or choose the User Guide tab above.

Opinions or points of view expressed in this training represent a consensus of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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