Radiological Field Exercises for Forensic Investigators

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Authors
  1. Larsson, C.L.
  2. Clement, C.
  3. Estan, D.
  4. McDiarmid, C.
  5. Tessier, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Ottawa Ont (CAN);Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A series of tabletop and field exercises were designed and executed to test traditional forensic investigation procedures in a crime scene with radioactive material present. This allowed for specific training needs of forensic identification specialists to be identified and revised procedures to be drafted. Two scenarios were exercised, first as tabletop discussions with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), and DRDC Ottawa, and then as field exercises with the participation of the RCMP and Ottawa Police Services (OPS) forensic investigators. These exercises produced a number of lessons learned with regard to protocols for forensic investigators and led to the development of a one-page fact sheet on performing forensic identification tasks in a radiation environment.

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Keywords
forensics investigation;field exercise;Forensic analysis;Nuclear forensics;Training
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2006-118 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jun 2006
Number of Pages
36
DSTKIM No
CA027876
CANDIS No
525744
Format(s):
CD ROM

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