Crime Scene Management at a Licensed Premise

NLTP - Police Scotland

What Is A Crime Scene?

A crime scene can be described as an area either within or in close vicinity of a licensed premise where a crime has occurred or is suspected to have occurred. It may be referred to as a locus by emergency services.

Primary Crime Scene

The original location of a crime or where an accident has occurred.

Secondary Crime Scene

An alternate location where additional evidence may be found.

Crime Scene Prevention

If A Crime Or Accident Occurs On Or Near Premise

It is essential that you make every effort to preserve the scene of the crime. Preferably untouched until the arrival of police. Secure any evidence.

For example, if a violent assault takes place using a weapon e.g. broken bottle or knife, then it would assist the police in their investigation if the scene and weapon remain untouched.

However, license holders and their staff should not place themselves in jeopardy or risk injury.

It’s always preferable to prevent an incident from occurring. Minimising this risk can be achieved by ensuring all staff (including new staff) are suitably trained in relation to their responsibilities. Being able to identify early indicators in relation to alcohol consumption levels and behaviour/ mannerisms of patrons.

No matter how well managed a premise is, incidents/ crimes can still occur.

Initial Action Taken By Staff

This guidance is provided by Police Scotland to assist with their initial actions to be taken until the arrival of police. This guidance is supported by the Scottish Licensing Trade Partnership.

NLTP Scotland - Crime Scene Prevention

1. Help Injured/ Preserve Life

Priority being protection of life and safety of all others in vicinity.

Provide first aid to victims/ injured parties where possible to do so.

Ascertain injuries if any sustained.

2. Always Contact Police/ Emergency Services

Contact police as soon as practically possible.

Provide as much details as possible i.e. any known injuries and detailed descriptions of persons involved.

3. Leave Everything In Place & Secure Area

Do not move or disrupt any items and ensure crime scene/ area is always secure.

Designate a member of staff to secure and remain at area until arrival of police.

Do not permit entry to any persons other than emergency services.

Consider artificial barriers i.e. tables and chairs to block of area(s).

CCTV only to be viewed when police are present and by a suitably qualified member of staff.

Property (mobile phones/ jackets) to be left in situ prior to arrival of police.

4. Furnish Police/ Emergency Services With Details On Arrival

Identify yourself to emergency services as a member of staff.

Provide initial information of incident and any action already taken.

Provide assistance if required to do so by emergency services.

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