Evidence Blog

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 the 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...
Jun 18, 2018
Community Evidence | Registering Cameras with Law Enforcement
By: CaseGuard
  As digital evidence continues to become increasingly important, law enforcement agencies are trying to leverage the digital age by asking for citizens and business owners in their communities to register their cameras with law enforcement. Why is this important? We’ll tackle this topic right now!   Why Register? The easy answer to this is that by registering your camera, law enforcement in your area can request to review footage of crimes that have happened where you are located. Commonly,...
Jun 17, 2018
Infrastructure Damage | When Public Property Becomes Evidence
By: CaseGuard
  Many law enforcement agencies don’t have the resources to prioritize public property damage that isn’t directly linked to crime. Roads being gouged by farm implements, cars parking on curbs and cracking the curb form, street signs being knocked down partially from ATV’s, or torn down by teenagers late in the night, if it’s not witnessed, the end result is a radio call to Public Works, and the taxpayer bears the burden. We know law enforcement cannot solve every crime that happens, but when it...
Jun 16, 2018
In Memory of Corporal Barbara Ann Dukes Ester
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...
Jun 15, 2018
General Data Protection Regulation | GDPR Introduction
By: CaseGuard
  Officially known as European Union Regulation 2016/679, the GDPR is a brand-new law that affects a very broad section of citizens, businesses, and government agencies. What are the implications of this new law? That is the big question on everyone’s mind, because the EU wrote it to contain all businesses that have any operating capacity within the EU, and that means US businesses will be affected by this law as well. While this law is too new to understand the full implications at date of...
Jun 14, 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...
Jun 13, 2018
In Memory of Patrolman Patrick Emmanuel Sweeney
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...
Jun 12, 2018
Cryptocurrency and Law Enforcement | Uncharted Waters
By: CaseGuard
  The introduction of the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin in 2009 to the world was met with a mixed reception. While some praised this new form of currency and its ability to provide anonymity of transactions for its users, others rightly predicted that it would in large part be used on the black market. Although cryptocurrencies are mostly used for legitimate purposes, participants in illegal markets such as the narcotics trade have found that cryptocurrencies are useful tools in avoiding...
Jun 11, 2018
Pro-Active Patrol | Construction Sites Burglaries
By: CaseGuard
  One of the most vulnerable locations for burglaries are construction sites. Most contractors operate on a site, be it residential or commercial, from sun up to sun down, and once they’ve lost power of daylight, they pack it in. But companies routinely leave equipment, tools, and even keys for specialty vehicles in plain sight, or at least in accessible areas. And many companies don’t pay for overnight security, leaving construction sites open for burglars and thieves.   Targeting Construction...
Jun 10, 2018
Memorialization of an Interview | Audio, Video, or Nothing
By: CaseGuard
  One of the most common and most important tasks that a law enforcement officer will routinely perform while on duty is interview or interrogate witnesses, victims, and suspects. Good law enforcement officers must be able to quickly develop a rapport with the person they are interviewing, and must maintain control of the conversation as well as the environment in which the conversation is taking place. A good law enforcement officer must also realize that the substance of their interviews and...
Jun 09, 2018

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