Most principles of crime scene investigations can be applied to other events occurring at the Security Officers work site. The property manager or owner would want thorough investigations to determine liability if there are injuries or damage to property that may not involve criminal activity.
The site manager/owner would also want a complete investigation in order to avoid the event occurring again. It would be most helpful to have trained personnel at the scene to conduct an investigation (non-criminal) to determine just what happened. However, the security officers’ investigation may lead to a criminal investigation by government agencies.
In consideration of the fact that the security officer will be first on the scene after an accident or crime, it is important, and yes essential, that he/she make a true evaluation of the scene upon a arrival. The officer must recognize and person required steps in securing the scene after the injured are treated or transported by appropriate responders.
The officer will learn “what to look for” upon arrival at the scene. The officers learn what the Government trained crime scene expert looks for and the steps he/she takes upon arrival at the crime scene.