To provide direction for the preservation of crime scenes and evidence through procedural safeguards
To ensure that the preservation of life takes precedence over the preservation of crime scenes and evidence
Applies to all staff involved in the preservation of crime scenes and evidence in institutional and community settings
The Institutional Head/District Director will:
designate the Security Intelligence Officer as primary police liaison. In cases where the Security Intelligence Officer in the community is unavailable, the Area Director or Parole Officer Supervisor will assume these responsibilities
For any staff member who comes across a possible scene of a crime:
the priority will be the preservation of life by ensuring appropriate medical attention
access to the scene will then be controlled to the extent possible until the appropriate security staff member assumes responsibility for the crime scene.
In the case of an apparent attempted suicide, or suicide, or a death resulting from unknown causes, the provisions of this policy with respect to the protection of the incident scene and protection of evidence will apply until it is determined not to be a crime scene.
The police will be contacted in cases where an offender is found dead.
A community staff member will, to the extent possible, control access to the scene until police take over.
In the case where a computer is considered as possible evidence in a crime, both the Chief, IT Client Services, and the Manager, Information Technology Security, will be notified immediately. The latter will provide direction on the proper protection of any computer-based evidence in cooperation with the Security Intelligence Officer, until the investigation is handed over to other authorities.
the interests and well-being of staff and members of the public at large must be safeguarded, and
offenders will be treated in a safe, secure and humane fashion.
A possible scene of a crime must be treated with the utmost care so as to not contaminate or destroy evidence. The following minimum protocol will be adhered to in order to protect the scene of a crime:
establish a perimeter to protect the scene
evacuate non-involved persons
prevent unauthorized persons from entering the crime scene or contaminating any evidence
prevent any damage or further damage
maintain an accurate "scene log" to record the names and the times of everyone who enters and/or leaves the scene
for court purposes, record names and times of any individuals who enter the scene who do not have a bona fide requirement to do so and advise the Correctional Manager of this fact
maintain control of the scene until relieved by a designated officer or by police
when another officer arrives to assume control of the scene, verbally confirm this as a fact and record the time and the person's name and rank.
Preservation of Evidence
The following steps will be taken to preserve evidence:
do not move anything unless absolutely necessary
to the extent possible, avoid contaminating evidence
photograph or video record the scene as well as individual objects before moving anything
record and identify any evidence found or moved (i.e. what, where, by whom and when)
maintain evidence in possession of the person who seized it until it can be handed over to police or properly stored using the Contraband/Unauthorized Item Seizure Tag (CSC/SCC 0482)
keep each piece of evidence separate from other pieces of evidence in order to prevent cross-contamination
use a paper bag for blood-stained items
isolate witnesses from each other and from other persons, and record their statements on the Statement/Observation Report (CSC/SCC 0875) (see Instructions (CSC/SCC 0875-01) for completing the form)
do not disturb a computer when it is part of an incident scene, and immediately notify both the Chief, IT Client Services, and the Manager, Information Technology Security
when a computer is part of an incident scene and there is an apparent attempt to alter computer evidence (such as a rapidly blinking hard drive access light), turn the computer off as quickly as possible and protect it from contamination
when a cell phone or other mobile device(s) is part of an incident scene, take precautions to safeguard the information on the device by turning off the device as quickly as possible, removing the SIM card (if applicable) and contacting the Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Institutional Operations
secure range tapes and Main Communication Control Post recordings following a suicide or any other incident that is likely to result in a national investigation.
Transfer of Responsibility
Responsibility for protection, preservation and continuity of evidence ceases when the scene of the incident and/or the evidence is taken over by the investigative body (i.e., the police or the Security Intelligence Officer). When evidence is handed over to any law enforcement agency and prior to leaving the scene of the incident, the Security Intelligence Officer (or staff member performing the security intelligence function) will ensure a Transmittal Note and Receipt (GC 044A) form is completed and signed by both parties.