Evidence Blog

Evidence Room | Evidence Personnel Training
By: CaseGuard
  We previously discussed training formats and training that is both necessary for evidence personnel to receive, but also train line personnel. Now let’s discuss training and training formats exclusive to evidence personnel, and how to get them in the right position to lead way in evidence management.   First Things First We’ve touched on the fact that evidence management is not like regular police work. It involved principles of warehousing, accounting, multi-layered reporting, and physical...
Sep 18, 2017
In Memory of 9/11/2001 Rescue Workers
By: CaseGuard
  For us at CaseGuard, September 11th, 2017 has a special place in our hearts: it falls on Monday, our normal publication date for our blog. We take time on this Monday, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to honor the thousands of rescue workers who have passed, have been injured, and continue to suffer affliction from the activities of that ever-fateful day.   Manhattan What could be said about Manhattan that hasn’t already? It’s a large island, flanked by Queens and Brooklyn to the east...
Sep 11, 2017
Evidence Collection | First Responder Duties
By: CaseGuard
  Any scene that law enforcement responds to has the possibility of physical evidence of a crime being present, either related to original reason that brought them to it, or related to another, previously undetected crime. And there can be an especially difficult decision made by officers about their role when they arrive on a scene, and there is no immediate activity taking place. This is likely a policy topic at your agency, but our aim today will be to discuss in general terms, what officers...
Sep 04, 2017
Digital Evidence Video Resolution
By: CaseGuard
  We’ve talked about frame rates previously, and how the human eye can “artifact” details, or fill in what it perceives should be in the image when the frame rate is poor. Now let’s discuss camera resolution and how it affects the videos your agency is recording.   Interlaced Image and “Artifacting” Interlaced imagery has been passing through your televisions for as long as you’ve had one, up until the last ten...
Aug 28, 2017
Evidence Room | Documenting the Work
By: CaseGuard
  After discussing how to develop a staffing formula for your evidence room, and developing what to track, and how to track the work of the evidence room, now comes the time to put it all together into a report that your administration can follow. It’s government, and we love our statistics and numbers when it comes to evaluating performance.   Documenting Labor As we discussed last time, defining the hours of...
Aug 21, 2017
In Memory of Sergeant Howard Henry Franklin
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...
Aug 14, 2017
Evidence Room | Scheduling & Manpower
By: CaseGuard
  Today we discuss one of the trickiest parts of any operation, especially in an evidence room. No matter how often this topic is discussed, no matter how much knowledge we put into it, there always is an appearance in gaps relating to staffing. We’ll try to explore a few ways of addressing the problem of staffing, to minimize those concerns, with manpower that remains consistent for the needs of your evidence room.   Evidence/Labor Premise Virtually all organizations involved in professional...
Aug 07, 2017
Evidence Room | Policy
By: CaseGuard
  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. While each agency is different, here are some basic considerations that should be outlined in policy, rather than any of the previously described documents.   Policy Considerations Retention Schedules – For one, retention schedules...
Jul 31, 2017
Evidence Room | Evidence Data Collection
By: CaseGuard
  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. Let’s discuss some other ways to evaluate the performance of your evidence room and personnel.   Evidence Categories To get fully accurate idea of trends,...
Jul 24, 2017
In Memory of Deputy Sheriff David James Wade
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...
Jul 17, 2017

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