FIRE is Seeking Beta Testers for Checklist App for Scene Examination (CASE)
The Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE), under a cooperative agreement
from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and
US Department of Justice (USDOJ), has developed a smartphone app called Checklist
App for Scene Examination (CASE) for first responding officers to use at crime scenes.
Using a checklist approach, this app can significantly improve crime scene documentation
and evidence preservation. Smartphone technology combined with a systematic (checklist)
approach will allow first responding officers to capture critical evidence that may
be destroyed or altered in the first hour.
The 2013 Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for Law Enforcement served as a reference for the app checklist definitions. The app checklist items
were developed by experts in crime scene investigation, safety systems, and app development.
The app serves as a convenient documentation tool for first responders at crime scenes.
FIRE is now seeking beta testers to evaluate this new app.
Are you interested in being one of the first officers in the nation to use this technology?
If so, you must:
- be an active duty law enforcement officer
- use an Android or iPhone (click here for list of acceptable models)
- have the opportunity to be the first responding officer to a crime scene
- use the app on scenes for the full 30 day beta testing period beginning October 2013
- complete a brief online survey at the beginning and end of the beta test
- have the written permission of your sheriff or chief
- Since this app is for first responding officers, it is neither intended for nor should
be used to replace crime scene processing units.
- All departmental, jurisdictional, and governmental policies and procedures should
supersede app checklist procedures.
- There are risks inherent to using technology; during the beta testing period you must
use this app as well as your current scene documentation process. It should not be
used as a replacement of your current scene documentation process during the testing
- You are responsible for properly exporting and storing crime scene data within 72
hours. The app will delete each crime scene data set after 72 hours (checklist, photos,
notes, audio, and video).
- You must check the technical requirements addressing feature functionality and limitations
on varying iOS and Android platforms (Note: Multiple Android platforms are not capable
of employing all security features of this app.) You must confirm that the Android/iPhone
platform and version you use are listed in the technical requirements section below.
You should check all social media settings to ensure photo and video auto upload features
are not enabled.
- You must create at least one mock crime scene to review each checklist action item,
employ each type of media (text, audio, photo, and video), and export the media to
familiarize yourself with the process.
Are you ready to test the app?
- Complete the registration form.
- Have your sheriff or chief read this letter and email his/her permission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete a survey before testing the app.
- Watch your email inbox for directions on how to download the app.
- Familiarize yourself with the app with a brief mock crime scene.
- Use the app for the 30 day beta test period.
- Provide feedback by completing a post survey.
So, what phone do I need?
- Motorola Droid RAZR, Android version 4.1 *Note: some RAZRs store residual photos in phone gallery.
- Samsung GS1, Android 2.3.3
- Samsung GS3, Android 4.2.1
- Google Nexus 4, Android 4.2.2
- Motorola Droid X, Android 2.3.5
- HTC Evo, Android 2.3.4
- All iPhones running software iOS 5, 6, and 7
*To find your operating system (OS):
- iPhone-"settings," "general," "about," "version"
- Android-"menu," "settings," "about phone," "software information," "firmware version"
Anything else I need to know?
- You may keep the app and will also receive all app updates that occur during the grant
- FIRE is available to answer your questions at email@example.com, or you may contact the app grant coordinator directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Android version 2.3.X will only have simple camera features (auto focus and auto flash).
Android versions 4 and higher will have access to all stock camera features.
Click here to register
Click here for a bio of FIRE's director, forensic anthropologist Dr. Hugh Berryman, D-ABFA.
"This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-DB-BX-0102 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, the
Office for Victims of Crime, the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office
of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points
of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily
represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice."