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Evidence Room | Policy

We’ve talked about writing general orders, a procedures manual, and a packaging manual. Our evidence operation is well outlined at this point, and we don’t have any work left to do, right? Close, but no pot of gold! We do have some policy that needs to be written.

Evidence Room | Evidence Data Collection

Once a difficult task, collecting data on the production of evidence rooms has become standard. Knowledge of items entered into system, items stored, and items, disposed of, are common numbers evaluated when considering the workload in the evidence room. But there’s much more going on in an evidence then what’s coming, staying, and going.

In Memory of Police Matron Mary T. Davis

For many years, Matron Davis was documented as the first woman to die in the line of duty. What is certain about Matron Davis’ service, is that after 14 years of doing the job correctly, and without so much as a reprimand, her character was called out loudly after her death. Not only is this a terrible injustice, but we can’t think of any other walk of life where that is a reasonable response in a court of law. Matron Davis didn’t cause a single problem in her 14-year career. It begs the question, where’s the justice in that?

Evidence Training | Firearms Handling, Packaging, and Storing Standards

While we don’t cover everything related to firearms here, we’re giving you a crash course of start to finish, how firearms should be handled, packaged, and managed, and how they should be dealt with after the conclusion of their life cycle. Firearms present unique challenges, and their storage is very different from many other forms of evidence.

Evidence Training | Narcotics Handling, Packaging, and Storing Standards

Handling narcotics evidence while having constant exposure to it can lead to safety and health risks that any agency must address, and failing to do so puts personnel at undue risk, that is ultimately a point of liability. Make sure to incorporate a thorough training and construction plan into any evidence room build, or rebuild. And certainly, separate your narcotics evidence away from all other narcotics.

In Memory of Officers Jon Ryckman & Byron B. Soule

The loss of both these officers were the first in the history of DPD’s aviation program. And while this was an unavoidable accident, it is proof of how much life-threatening danger officers are exposed to daily, when you consider you’re more likely to die in a car accident than experiencing so much as a mechanical trouble in a helicopter, as a passenger.

Evidence Room Operations | Auction Specialist

Agency auctions have been carried out in many ways. However, there is a recent trend to privatize this function. However, there is good reason to maintain this function within a department, and there are ways of minimizing the footprint an auction can present.

What to do with Seized Evidence

The case is finished. The suspect has been tried, convicted, and sentenced, and there is no longer a need to waste precious office space on holding seized evidence. What is a law enforcement department or agency supposed to do with seized evidence? Must seized evidence always be destroyed?

In Memory of Trooper Trevor John Casper

Some may not understand the significance of the bench, and even in law enforcement communities, the meaning behind it can fluctuate. Our knowledge of the what memorial benches mean in this context, is that despite the weight carried by those in law enforcement, the ever-grueling hours, the frustrating pace of the criminal justice system, the separation from family and friend, that no matter what that officer is carrying with them, they are always there to carry you when in need. We can’t think of a more fitting tribute, for a more deserving civil servant.

Evidence Training | Electronics & Jewelry Handling, Packaging, and Storing Standards

Electronics and jewelry create specialized packaging needs, and different type of handling. In the end, we’re not too far off from much of what we’ve already discussed, but because we have some minor differences, we need to plan ahead, and get familiar with what we’re dealing with.