Suppose that you were the initial responding officer to a major crime scene that
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Suppose that you were the initial responding officer to a major crime scene that appears to involve multiple murders. You have observed several victims’ bodies within the scene that you feel, based upon your experience of seeing many deceased persons, that they are obviously dead. EMS has also arrived and you tell them that you are securing and controlling the crime scene according to your departmental policies and procedures, and therefore they cannot enter the scene. The EMS personnel demand to enter the scene to “verify” that the victims are actually dead. As you are dealing with the EMS personnel, your department’s police chief, your boss, arrives at the scene as well. The Chief has no actual involvement in the investigative process, so you tell him that you have executed scene security and control as instructed and guided by department policy. The Chief tells you that, “policy is fine, but he is going to go into the scene and look around.” As he lights a cigarette, he begins to lift the crime scene barrier tape that you have installed, indicating his intent to enter the scene.
What are you, as the initial responding officer, going to do given the issues that you now face regarding your obligation to secure and control the crime scene? Include within your answer thoughts around the Saint Leo core value of respect.