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CASE – Checklist App for Scene Examination, by WillowTree Apps, Forensic Magazine


The first moments at a crime scene can be critical to saving lives and ensuring justice. It’s essential that first responding officers arrive on a pristine scene, which can quickly deteriorate and lose its value in helping investigators with every minute that follows. Time, weather and the movement of essential personnel, such as EMTs and scene investigators, can alter the scene and destroy evidence. Early documentation of evidence can make a difference in bringing justice to both the guilty and the innocent.

Now, thanks to the Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) Forensic Institute for Research and Education, known as FIRE; instead of trying to juggle notepads, cameras and video recorders, officers can immediately document crime scenes — capturing text, photographs, video, audio, GPS, dates and times — with their smartphones. Using a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, MTSU partnered with WillowTree Apps, an award-winning mobile application development company headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., to create CASE, crime scene checklist app for law enforcement agencies. . . .