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They document crime scenes with photography, and preparing sketches. They collect evidence in which they can process to locate DNA and Fingerprint evidence. Crime Scene Investigators do not interview witnesses nor do they make arrests, but the evidence they present to the courts can help get a conviction.
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Depending on the description of the scene, a Crime Scene Investigator will respond right away if available, if not they will contact you to arrange a date and time. The responding officer will advise you on how to preserve the area to be processed.
The Miami Gardens Police Crime Scene Unit has two shifts. The day shift hours are from 6am to 4pm, the afternoon shift is from 3pm to 1am.
Crime Scene Investigators respond to homicides, shootings, burglaries, robberies, auto thefts, and police involved shootings.
The length of time is dependent on the amount of ransacking that occurred, and how many objects were moved during the burglary. Typically about one hour.