Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO)
are often called to the site of an incident to gather forensic evidence. The Police officers attending initially (uniform or CID) will make the request for SOCO to attend – some incidents require
their attendance regardless.
following is some advice relating to the preservation of a scene of crime and its surrounding evidence should you have the misfortune to be a victim.
· Preserve the scene of the crime as you found it. DO NOT disturb anything. Note the time of discovery CONTACT
THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY! DO NOT let any other person near/touch anything until you have been cleared to do so by the Police.
· If your animal has been injured or abused in any way – call your Veterinary Surgeon if immediate attention is required. Any subsequent veterinary
examination is overseen by a SOCO for forensic purposes. Look for signs of abuse if suspected, but DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN UP until you have been advised to do so.
· Provide as much detail as possible for the police attending. Making a list of such details is often a welcome diversion at this anxious
Such things will include:
· What time did you discover the 'incident' ?
· When did you last see everything safe and sound ?
· A list of property missing/damaged.
· Descriptions, ie horse/vehicle passport/photographs, etc.