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During crime scene processing, should an officer use their personal phone camera to take general pictures if the crime scene is being disturbed be fire, medical or any other agency or person having priority at the time?


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Joined today, first post. One has to wonder why you ask? Not being mean, but us Cops are a suspicious bunch. It's the nature of the beast.


 


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jnmendez123 says ...



During crime scene processing, should an officer use their personal phone camera to take general pictures if the crime scene is being disturbed be fire, medical or any other agency or person having priority at the time?



No.


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I must agree with 36TR. Why do you axe. Spend some time on site so we can get to know you.

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It sounds to me like he saw a police officer or heard of a police officer using his cell phone to take pictures. Now he wants to find dirt enough to bury the guy. There are no 100 percent, cover all, do this every time answers in law enforcement. Officers have to adapt to each situation and make the best decision given the circumstances. This holds true for what equpment is used for crime scenes as well.

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ABSOLUTELY NO.  Your phone can then be ordered for court review and all of your personal messages open for court publish and or scrutiny. 

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Well to drop my two cents into this bucket...


I would say as a general practice, no. But there are occasions where I could see it happening. Such as taking a photo of perishable evidence like suspected blood in the rain, a weapon being washed down a drain, etc... Any photo taken by your personal equipment that is case related is never a "personal" photo. It's evidence (not for laughs and NOT for someone's personal blog). As previously stated, the cell data becomes evidence. (ALL the data). Succinctly, you should have a good reasonable explanation for taking the photo on non-issued equipment.


In some departments, cell phones are issued to officers and the data is subject to scrutiny anyway. I would suggest that you never bring any personal cellphone on duty if you do not want the contents viewed. Remember, depending on the situation, you may have to turn the item over for review.


 

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 Exactly! and I would think it could be an ethical issue.  I think there was a case sometime ago, but not too far back, where crime scene photos got leaked out or used against someone.  


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