VR19 - Preservation of Evidence


Instructs recovery operators to correctly handle, safely recover, transport and store the casualty vehicle. Preserving all evidence and avoiding cross contamination.


  • Health and safety as it applies to the recovery of a casualty vehicle
  • Identification of potential sources of evidence
  • Recognition and avoidance of possible biological hazards whilst preserving them as evidence
  • Identification and handling of forensic evidence
  • Understanding how to avoid cross contamination
  • British law and the criminal system
  • Understanding of the laws governing the handling of evidence
  • The importance of good communication skills and understanding of the terminology employed - Mechanical Preservation, CSI, Continuity of Evidence etc.
  • Care and preparation prior to recovery of the casualty vehicle

Practical Skill Instruction

  • Demonstrate proper understanding of what is required from the recovery operator, by the police and all other organisations, at the scene and when recovering and storing the casualty vehicle
Module/course code
Module/course name
Preservation of Evidence
Module/course type
Duration (full course)
7 hours
Duration (refresher course)
3 hours 30 min
Combined course?
DCPC accreditation