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Experiment 39. Crime Scene Drawing with Microsoft Word

The need for preparing professional-looking finished sketches from the notes, measurements, and rough sketches made at the crime scene is an essential aspect of a crime scene investigator’s work. These finished diagrams and drawings are used to help reconstruct the event. They will also be presented in court during testimony and throughout the trial to aid the court and jury to better understand the evidence and events of the case. Thus, the diagrams must be clear, accurate, and easy to read and understand. Computer-aided design (CAD) programs are available for this purpose. However, these types of specialty programs are typically very costly and require a great deal of formal training to use. Reference 1 is a recent journal article that explains a simple way to make professional-looking crime scene diagrams and drawings using a program accessible to most people: Microsoft Word.