Previously in this series, we’ve been out and found a body, we’ve considered the forensics at the scene and we’ve sent a FLO out to the family but we haven’t yet looked at the Major Incident Room itself. How it’s made up, the people inside it and how it actually looks physically. Because not many people have been lucky enough to go inside a police station and into a working office.
Let me tell you, they are dull, muted coloured places and very disorganised looking. But for all the mess that appears to be around, everyone knows where everything is because every person in there needs to be able to account for every piece of paper they create. It’s just that they create so much within an enquiry.
So, with the consideration that you don’t have the luxury of going inside a police station, this week, I’ve located a video of a working incident room for you to see and I’ll add my comments along with it.
I hope you find it useful.
First of all, notice this is a DCI who is showing you around. (SIO)
The team has two sergeants. Inside and outside.
Your exhibits officer is hugely important and must be meticulous. There can be hundreds or even thousands of items of exhibits listed during a murder investigation. It’s not just items such as forensics seized that are classed as exhibits, it is interview tapes, CCTV seized and items created by police officers in the course of the investigation.
OIC (Officer in the Case) this is the officer who in lower level cases runs the case. But with murder, you have the SIO above them. For instance, in my workload, I ran my cases and sometimes went to my DCI to run a point passed him but mostly it was my job and I ran with it. (I was on a specialist unit, but not homicide – this has its own set of rules.)
The outside staff – these would be your DC’s on your team. Notice how large your homicide team really is. You can’t have this is your novel because readers can’t contain or care about this many characters. But this is this reality of a large enquiry.
This is the HOLMES2 website where you can read about the computerised system that the team use.
And, if you fancy a long drawn out document to send you to sleep at night but that tells you how the MIR should be run then you can read that Here.
Did you see or hear anything you didn’t expect?
If you have any questions you want answering in this series, then please do let me know.