Evidence Blog

In Memory of Chief of Police Carl G. Nelson
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...
Apr 23, 2018
Investigations | Abandoned Houses
By: CaseGuard
  Yet another overlooked element to investigations is the reporting of abandoned houses. The way law enforcement comes across abandoned houses are through a hodge-podge of third party reporting. Sometimes, a neighbor will call authorities about strange noises and disturbances at the house in question. Sometimes the municipal government acquires the house via tax liens, and notifies law enforcement as a courtesy, of the now government-held/owned property. And sometimes, law enforcement come...
Apr 23, 2018
Investigations | Illegal Dumping Cases
By: CaseGuard
  An oft-overlooked crime of importance in law enforcement involves a Misdemeanor offense that’s typically not arrestable on sight. Illegal dumping is a crime by which a person or persons, absconds responsibility of managing waste they have produced, and relinquishes it by leaving it in unauthorized areas. From ditch lines, unoccupied dead-end roads, to city parks, utility easements, alleyways, and even residential greenbelts, there are virtually no limits to where illegal dumping can be found...
Apr 22, 2018
Mishandled or Lost Physical Evidence
By: CaseGuard
  Most law enforcement officers performing investigative duties are thorough, hardworking, and good at what they do. That being said, even the best investigators make mistakes from time to time. Words get misspelled on reports, cars get crashed accidentally, and physical evidence does get mishandled or lost on occasion. When evidence is lost, the investigating officer may feel like he or she has committed a case ending or worse, career-ending mistake. During times like these the most important...
Apr 21, 2018
Proper Forensic Examination of Electronic Evidence
By: CaseGuard
  When the word “forensic” is brought up, thoughts of investigators dusting for fingerprints or collecting blood samples come to mind. In the past few decades, major changes to the way we go about our daily lives have occurred due to the introduction and subsequent prevalent proliferation of consumer electronics. The crime world has been no exception to this phenomenon. Unlike law enforcers of yesterday, all officers performing investigative duties today will eventually encounter and have to...
Apr 20, 2018
In Memory of Officer Juan Mafnas Santos
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...
Apr 16, 2018
Evidence Disposition | from A to Z
By: CaseGuard
  No matter what the crime that is being investigated is, it goes without saying that the single most important thing the investigating law enforcement officer can do in a case is to properly handle the evidence in his or her case. From the point of the initial seizure of the evidence to the point that the evidence is finally eligible for destruction, law enforcement officers must ensure that they are following all of their department or agency guidelines and policies with regard to evidence...
Apr 09, 2018
Giglio v. United States | A Case Study
By: CaseGuard
  Law enforcement officers both at the federal and state/local levels in the United States depend on their reputations to achieve successful prosecutions. Whether it be through oral testimony given in a court of law or using the written word, law enforcement officers must strive to always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Taking this into consideration, what happens when a law enforcement officer is found to have lied or purposefully omitted pertinent information to a...
Apr 02, 2018
The Argument for a Dedicated Evidence Management Custodian
By: CaseGuard
  Most larger law enforcement departments and agencies have an officer or support staff employee, or team of employees whose sole duty is to manage the intake, storage, and eventual destruction of the many different kinds of evidence. For various reasons, many mid-size and smaller departments and agencies do not. While staffing levels and budget concerns may make it difficult for smaller departments and agencies to designate an employee as a dedicated evidence management custodian, the benefits...
Mar 26, 2018
In Memory of Sheriff Robert Mendum Tarr
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...
Mar 19, 2018

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