Dena Weiss has worked in law enforcement for the past 25 years, specializing in crime scene investigation. “Those who have a passion for the forensic investigation aspect of criminal justice are drawn to the job because we want to help the victims and their families find closure,” she says. Read more about Dena’s long career as a crime scene investigator.
The importance of processing a sexual assault crime scene properly cannot be emphasized enough. Sexual assault cases are actually two crime scenes—one is the location of the occurrence and the other is the body of the victim. These scenes require not only a comprehensive crime scene search, but also swift examination and questioning of the victim. AMU professor Dena Weiss, a 17-year crime scene investigator (CSI), explains the various pieces of evidence a CSI is searching for and collecting as well as how police officers can help preserve key evidence in sexual assault cases.
By Dr. Dena Weiss
The first officer at the scene walks a fine line regarding their actions at a crime scene. Upon arrival, crime scene investigators (CSI’s) would like to be provided a general idea of what occurred, but at the same time they do not want an officer to disrupt the crime scene.
By Dena Weiss, professor of criminal justice at American Military University
The dynamics involved in crime scene examination have captured the hearts of Americans, often through exciting portrayals on television dramas and movies. Gathering forensic evidence has been portrayed by the media as being easily seen, quickly collected, and rapidly analyzed—resulting in solved cases in a matter of hours.