Evidence Blog

Investigations | Commercial Burglaries
By: CaseGuard
  Burglaries of commercial property become some of the most creative ventures in criminality that officers receive exposure to. From violent smash and grabs to sophisticated “drywall jobs,” commercial burglary attempts have the stigma of bringing out some of the boldest behavior displayed by criminals. Let’s discuss some of the evidence challenges that present themselves in commercial burglaries.   Extreme Examples in Commercial Burglaries & Response While there are many bizarre phenomena...
Oct 17, 2018
In Memory of Patrolman Raymond Leslie Munson
By: CaseGuard
  No one knows better the danger that a tense circumstance can present than police in the United States. Constantly under pressure to control people who are guaranteed rights that provide them a wide latitude of no control, the scenarios that citizens can present range from the mundane to sheer terror, even for a trained professional. With that thought, we continue to reflect on moments in the history of law enforcement we wish we could get back, the sacrifices of those that have paid the...
Oct 12, 2018
Law Enforcement Digital Evidence | Open Source & Access Policy
By: CaseGuard
  As the data and software industry for law enforcement continues to evolve, there are some old practices by some vendors that are jeopardizing government obligations, like transparency, public records access, court submissions, and many other aspects of evidence and records management and handling. These problems that vendors are creating for law enforcement are wrong, and there is no reason for continuing the practice. Today we’re going to explore what law enforcement needs to do in response...
Oct 11, 2018
Body worn camera considerations
By: CaseGuard
It probably goes without saying, but body worn cameras are here to stay.  Law Enforcement agencies around the country are either embracing this relatively new technology or being forced to adopt it through political pressure.  In either case, we thought it might prove beneficial to briefly discuss these cameras and the challenges that come with them. First of all, administrators need to convince their officers that the cameras will help them far more often that they will hurt them.  Old timers...
Oct 10, 2018
CaseGuard Video Redaction and Enhancement Software
By: CaseGuard
  Video redaction and enhancement software has turned from a rare luxury, to a mandatory tool for all law enforcement agencies. From responding to public records requests, to protecting victims, witnesses, confidential informants, and most of all the innocent who happen to be at a scene, agencies can no longer afford not to be proactive on their own in responding to requests for records, including video, while ensuring that those records only provide what is permissible. And this trend, while...
Oct 09, 2018
The rising cost of Digital Evidence and its hidden fees
By: CaseGuard
With the sheer volume of digital evidence, and its storage costs, rising exponentially in the past few years, some law enforcement decision makers are beginning to ask questions. Most of these questions are in direct response to ever increasing budget cuts.  In this blog post, we’ll try to answer some of these common asked questions one by one.  We’ll do the math for you, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each solution, and let you decide which solution best fits your needs and...
Oct 08, 2018
In Memory of Officer Justin David Sollohub
By: CaseGuard
  No one knows better the danger that a tense circumstance can present than police in the United States. Constantly under pressure to control people who are guaranteed rights that provide them a wide latitude of no control, the scenarios that citizens can present range from the mundane to sheer terror, even for a trained professional. With that thought, we continue to reflect on moments in the history of law enforcement we wish we could get back, the sacrifices of those that have paid the...
Oct 01, 2018
Firearms Inventory and Tracking
By: CaseGuard
  Carrying a firearm during the performance of one's official duties is one of the most serious and most important responsibilities that a law enforcement officer has. In addition to dealing with the stress of having to make split-second decisions regarding the use of firearms while engaged in life or death situations, law enforcement personnel must also be responsible for the care, maintenance, and functionality of their weapons systems. Law enforcement officers must qualify regularly with...
Sep 24, 2018
Evidence Management | Differences Between Chain of Custody & Audit Trails
By: CaseGuard
  There is some confusion in our industry concerning the differences between chain of custody and audit trail. It’s fair to say that they have complimentary value to one another, but they are definitely separate items, and their importance in that regard is paramount to the entire evidence management process. Today we will discuss the two most important reports concerning individual evidence items, how they work together at times, and why you need a system that separates the two.   What is...
Sep 17, 2018
GDPR Impact on Digital Content
By: CaseGuard
  In our last article we discussed the general impact the GDPR places on businesses. In this article we’ll focus on the impact on digital content and assets held by businesses that will ultimately be subject to the new regulation.   The ‘Natural Person’ and Purge Requests The GDPR defines natural persons as those citizens who have data and privacy concerns, that trump those data and privacy concerns of businesses, government, and other organizations. In short, if the citizen doesn’t want an...
Sep 10, 2018

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