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Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students

Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students

Dominic Wood, Sarah Bradshaw, Tara Dickens, Julian Parker-McLeod, Francis Simpson, and Graham Weaver
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date: 04 October 2023

p. 23311 Attending Incidentslocked

p. 23311 Attending Incidentslocked


    This chapter discusses the general procedures to be followed when attending incidents, including crime scenes. The police attend volume crime scenes and minor incidents more often than major crime scenes like murder or rape. However, the principles of attending a volume crime scene are no different to those employed when attending the scene of a serious crime. The scene of an incident normally requires a police officer to make a judgement about the scale and type of response required so that the appropriate help and support are made available. The chapter notes the protocols to be followed if crimes involved deaths, fires, and railway incidents.

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