The Site Exploitation: Evidence Collection Best Practice Guide (SEEC Guide)


The Technical Support Working Group has released the Site Exploitation: Evidence Collection Best Practice Guide principally for use by Military and Government agencies dealing with terrorist related or other incidents involving collection of prosecution-based evidence collection in overseas locations where the courts may not recognize DNA and other types of more sophisticated evidence.

The SEEC Guide is a 110 page field guide for use by Military and other federal agencies for overseas evidence collection purposes. This guide provides best practices for conducting a systematic search of a secure location to enable the collection of evidence and information that can be used in the prosecution and conviction of detainees, as well as the development of tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence information. The guide covers topics such as SE Team Roles and Responsibilities, use of the SE kit, Biometrics Basics, Site Assessment, Search Techniques, Cache Detection, Evidence Identification, Scene Documentation, Evidence Handling, Detainee Handling, Tactical Questioning, Report Writing, the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI), and Mission Debrief. It is intended to provide information to for those are already trained in SE and is not a substitute for training.

Also available to support SEEC missions are a set of Field Cards and a Training Support Package. See separate descriptions of these publications.

The SEEC Guide is a restricted document available only to Federal, State, and local governments involved in security and investigative activities. Contractors providing investigative services to these agencies may also procure the document with the concurrence of their government sponsor. All orders must first be confirmed by the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office/Technical Support Working Group (CTTSO/TSWG) prior to being ordered from the Government Printing Office (GPO).

To order this document, first send an e-mail request for quantity desired to [email protected], and include contact name, organization name, address, and telephone number. Security contractors must also provide similar sponsoring government agency information. Confirmation of the order will be approved via e-mail with an approval number. The documents can then be ordered from GPO, accompanied by a copy of the confirmation e-mail and approval number, as follows:

After receiving a confirmation number from CTTSO/TSWG, authorized users may order the SSEC Guide from the Government Printing Office. Price is $38 each. To order, cite GPO Stock Number: 008-001-00188-6 (ISBN: 978-0-16-080084-9)

Orders accompanied by the TSWG approval number may be placed with GPO via e-mail, fax, and mail. Online:, E-mail: [email protected]; Phone: Toll free (866) 512-1800, DC Area: (202) 512-1800, Fax: (202) 512-2250 at any time; Mail: send to: Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-0001. All orders require prepayment, either by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover/NOVUS, or GPO Deposit Account.