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FS 240 Crime Scene & Physical Evidence • 4 Cr.


Examines federal and Washington state laws of search and seizure from a fire investigation perspective. Topics include functions of crime laboratories, concepts of physical evidence, protection of the crime scene, and techniques for crime scene processing. Prerequisite: FS 120 or permission of advisor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe state and federal laws governing search and seizure
  • Define what evidence is and describe collection techniques for differing types of evidence
  • Demonstrate understanding of crime lab capabilities and evidence requirements
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of systematically processing a crime scene by using the scientific method.
  • Apply proficiency in evidence collection during classroom exercises.
  • Apply proficiemcy of crime scene diagramming and photography.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000