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District Scene of crime units


  • The scene of crime is a treasure of clues through which investigating officers can assess the type of crime, the suspects & criminals and can reach to the culprits. Its examination on scientific lines at the earliest helps in sorting out the innocence and the guilt. With this vies the scene of crime units at divisional level were introduced in the year 1980 to assist the criminal investigation. Scene of crime units with staff & vehicle for 38 districts were sanctioned in 1983. The units started functioning at districts level in 1985. at presant 50 district of Madhay Pradesh estblished lab and working properly.
  • The district scene of crime unit functions under the control of Supdt. of police and the Senior Scientific Officer/ Scientific Officer is in-charge of the office of scene of crime unit in the district. Their offices are accessible through District S.P. Office or Distt. Control Room.
  • The scene of crime is equipped with field test kit, foot prints and tool-marks casting kit, finger print, developing kit, necessary lighting equipment photographic camera, portable ultra violet light, measuring instruments etc.

Functions of the Districts Scene of Crime Units

  • SSO/ SO of the unit proceeds on crime scene, on call from police stations or as per direction of the S.P., as and when required.
  • The scientist on visits to the scene of crime searches, locates the physical clues, records these and other observations relating to scene of crime.
  • At the spot directs I.O. to collect the relevant physical clues from suspect/victim and othe places as the case demands and advise him regarding forwarding to the relevant agencies for the purpose of analytical examination.
  • In such cases where he feels he is unable to handle the case or feels the services of relevant expert is required, advises the I.O. to call for the services of concerning experts from FSL/RFSL or from other relevant institution.
  • I/C of the unit prepares reports of the visited scene of crime and their monthly report and sends a copy each to, Supdt. of police of the districts and to Director, FSL, Sagar.
  • I/C of the unit arranges awareness lecturers/training programmes about the importance of Forensic Science and physical clues in the course of criminal investigation for police personnel posted in districts.
  • Important points for general public for preservation of Scene of Crime -

    1. An undisturbed Scene of Crime yields valuable clues.
    2. Inform nearest Police Station of the areas or Police Control Room. Do not use telephone of the spot for this purpose.
    3. Cordon off the area with rope, tape or stones according to the crime committed. In the process the crime scene should remain intact and undisturbed as material and marks may be used as important evidence.
    4. Do not enter or touch the scene of crime and not allow any one to do so either until the scene of crime has been photographed and recorded. You are liable to leave prints which may interfere or destroy the prints left by the accused and these are likely to mislead /confuse the sniffer dog.

    Do not use are allow any one to do so until the arrival of police at the Scene of Crime -

    • The telephone/mobile phone, fax machine, computer, T.V., tape recorder, fridge, fans, electric switches, gas and other appliances found at the scene of crime.
    • Bathroom, washbasins, toilets, toiletries, furniture.
    • Food, utensils and other cooking vessels and do not light gas/stoves of kitchen.
    • Keep the firearm, live and used cartridges/bullets as it is on the spot.