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Statutes Regarding Death Investigations and the Determination of Cause & Manner of Death in TexasA. Investigative Tools and EquipmentB. Arriving at the SceneC. Documenting and Arriving at the SceneD. Documenting and Evaluating the BodyE. Establishing and Recording Decadent Profile InformationF. Completing the Scene InformationA. Investigative Tools and Equipment1. Gloves (Universal Precautions).2. Writing implements (pens, pencils, markers).3. Body bags.4. Communication equipment (cell phone, pager, radio).5. Flashlight.6. Body ID tags.7. Camera--35mm (with extra batteries, film, etc.).8. Investigative notebook (for scene notes, etc.).9. Measurement instruments (tape measure, ruler, rolling measuring tape, etc.).10. Official identification (for yourself).11. Watch.12. Paper bags (for hands, feet, etc.).13. Specimen containers (for evidence items and toxicology specimens).14. Disinfectant (Universal Precautions).15. Departmental scene forms.16. Camera--Polaroid (with extra film).17. Blood collection tubes (syringes and needles).18. Inventory lists (clothes, drugs, etc.).19. Paper envelopes.20. Clean white linen sheet (stored in plastic bag).21. Evidence tape.22. Business cards/office cards w/phone numbers.23. Foul-weather gear (raincoat, umbrella, etc.).24. Medical equipment kit (scissors, forceps, tweezers, exposure suit, scalpel handle, blades, disposable syringe, large gauge needles, cotton-tipped swabs, etc.).25. Phone listing (important phone numbers).26. Tape or rubber bands.27. Disposable (paper) jumpsuits, hair covers, face shield, etc.28. Evidence seal (use with body bags/locks).29. Pocketknife.30. Shoe-covers.31. Trace evidence kit (tape, etc.).32. Waterless hand wash.33. Thermometer.34. Crime scene tape.35. First aid kit.36. Latent print kit.37. Local maps.38. Plastic trash bags.39. Gunshot residue analysis kits (SEM/EDS).40. Photo placards (signage to ID case in photo).41. Boots (for wet conditions, construction sites, etc.).42. Hand lens (magnifying glass).43. Portable electric area lighting.44. Barrier sheeting (to shield body/area from public view).45. Purification mask (disposable).46. Reflective vest.47. Tape recorder.48. Basic hand tools (bolt cutter, screwdrivers, hammer, shovel, trowel, paintbrushes, etc.).49. Body bag locks (to secure body inside bag).50. Camera--Video (with extra battery).51. Personal comfort supplies (insect spray, sun screen, hat, etc.).52. Presumptive blood test kit.B. Arriving at the Scene1. Introduce and Identify Self and Role Procedure: A. Identify the lead investigator at the scene and present identification. B. Identify other essential officials at the scene (e.g., law enforcement, fire, EMS, social/child protective services, etc.) and explain the investigator's role in the investigation. C. Identify and document the identity of the first essential official(s) to the scene (first "professional"...

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