Checklist App for Scene Examination (CASE) is now available in Google Play and the
The Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) 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.
This app is for first responding officers. It is neither intended for nor should be
used to replace crime scene processing units. Additionally, all departmental, jurisdictional,
and governmental policies and procedures should supersede app checklist procedures.
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.
This project is funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office
of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice
nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse,
this product (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure,
and policies, and any services or tools provided).