A Crime Scene Performance Audit is a critical review and evaluation of the crime scene investigation process that was conducted under the authority of a legally sanctioned investigative entity, or its designee. The goal of the audit is to compare that crime scene investigation performance with recognized standards for crime scene investigations. These performance standards have been established by authority, custom, or general consent as models or examples of expected performance. The focal areas for the audit are the five "Ps": Policies, Procedures, Personnel, Performance and (work) Product.
The goal of performing this audit is to evaluate the reliability and validity of the crime scene investigation work product. That work product is the forensic evidence collected from the scene that will be used to connect a suspect to a victim and both to a particular place, at a particular time. That evidence, in turn will be used in a court of law to confirm or refute victim, witness and suspect accounts of the event being investigated.
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GARY A. RINI, M.F.S., C.F.S.A.
ERIC F. PROS, M.ARCH, A.I.A.