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West Midlands Police has a dedicated group of Forensic Scene Investigators (FSIs) who search for forensic clues at crime scenes. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, they might visit your home, street or business following a crime to gather evidence that may help police to detect and arrest the offender.
From a burglary to vehicle crime to murder, offenders are likely to leave forensic evidence at the crime scene which provides clues to investigating officers.
If evidence is found while searching, it is carefully recovered and sent to our state-of-the-art forensic laboratories or fingerprint bureau to be tested.
Take a look at footage filmed courtesy of Central Tonight which takes a look behind the scenes of FSI labs.
To stop potential evidence from being destroyed, lost or contaminated, FSIs first preserve and protect the crime scene. There are likely to be a lot of officers at the scene and it is essential that evidence is not affected by them. This is also important at outdoor scenes, where the weather can play a part, so they protect the scene from the wind and rain.
There are many details searched for at a scene including fingerprints, fibres, blood, hair, paint or glass, and footprints or marks left by tools or weapons. Throughout this search the scene will be recorded using photography and video.
Watch a video about how FSIs collect evidence from the crime scene.
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