Comprehensive Recording and Preservation of All Information/Evidence
Appropriate access to electronic and other data systems should be provided to the investigator. The information/evidence gathered, and the information-gathering tasks undertaken (in chronological and logical order), should be accurately recorded on the relevant system(s). Quality of recorded data can be assessed in part by way of auditing the database (Crime and Misconduct Commission 2004).
Adequate security of information and evidence should be provided, and relevant security procedures followed, for example, confidentiality must not be breached, physical evidence should be secured. Process audits will determine the existence or non-existence of such procedures. Such process audits are an indicator of whether or not information/evidence security is taken seriously.
Respect for Rights of Victims
Victims have a moral and (usually) legal right to assistance from investigators, not only with respect to the detection and apprehension of those who have wronged them, but with respect to any immediate physical or psychological suffering brought about by that wrongdoing. Accordingly, there is a duty of care to victims, including police officers. In terms of the responsibilities of investigators, this might consist only in taking reasonable steps to ensure that an appropriate non-investigator discharges that duty of care. Such a duty of care might involve the provision or offer of welfare, medical, and/or professional counselling services. Victims also have other moral rights, including the right to privacy. Complaints from victims are an indicator in relation to investigators’ respect for victims’ rights.