Convincing LEO: Successful Interaction Between the Archaeologist and Law Enforcement Officials in Crime Scene Investigations
Law enforcement consultations with, and the use of, civilian experts in processing crime scenes are typically influenced by three considerations: possible cost, questions over the expert’s ability to recognize and reveal potential evidence, and concern for the dissemination of sensitive information to non-law enforcement entities in a pending investigation. The author calls upon his experience as an anthropology student, contract archaeologist, law enforcement agent, and forensic archaeologist, to help explain the relationship between law enforcement officials, or “LEOs,” and the archaeologists with whom they may consult. The perspectives of both professionals are examined using case histories and experience in applying crime scene processing protocols, both successfully and unsuccessfully. Suggestions are offered on how a cooperative and continuing relationship might be developed between the civilian, and law enforcement, investigators.
KeywordsLaw enforcement officer Archaeological field recoveries Crime scene investigations Archaeological techniques
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