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Evidence Records Triage | Deciding What to Remove and When

Evidence Records Triage | Deciding What to Remove and When

By: CaseGuard

  Taking over any evidence room can truly be a pain. Especially if the room has been neglected. It may have all the inventory needed for current cases, but it may also have inventory and paperwork you haven’t needed in years. And the problem becomes that of triage. That we must make quick work of evaluating those items that we have, and what their status is.   Full Room Inventory In taking over...

Nov 21, 2016
Evidence Records Management | What To Maintain | What Not To

Evidence Records Management | What To Maintain | What Not To

By: CaseGuard

  Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork. That’s the problem with government service. You can’t get away from paperwork, especially in record-intensive fields. In the field of evidence management, all we’ve ever known is paperwork. But it’s 2017, and we need to get away from that where possible. We also need to incorporate our “paper-less” approach to the idea of removing those records we no longer need...

Nov 14, 2016
In Memory of Town Marshal Walter Rupert Little

In Memory of Town Marshal Walter Rupert Little

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...

Oct 31, 2016
Evidence Training | Training the Line

Evidence Training | Training the Line

By: CaseGuard

  Most agencies have a time and money issue when it comes to training. But there are certain core tasks and skills necessary for line personnel to have, and those skills require repetition of training and experience to maintain the level of skill needed. But sometimes, experience doesn’t come as often, and therefore training must be conducted regularly, to re-introduce concepts, to correct poor...

Oct 17, 2016
Building Agency Evidence Room Structure

Building Agency Evidence Room Structure

By: CaseGuard

  A test of any agency is finding a personnel structure that works for their evidence room, and their culture. The fact is, as you look around the room, you’ll likely find that your officers are great officers, and they have specialized knowledge that helps get through challenging moments the agency faces. Some know automobile repair, from classics to the computer age. Some know firearms inside...

Oct 10, 2016
In Memory of Officer Teresa Jean Hawkins

In Memory of Officer Teresa Jean Hawkins

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...

Oct 03, 2016
Shoe Impressions Evidence Management

Shoe impressions | Evidence management

By: CaseGuard

At one point or another, many of us have responded to a 911 call as the primary officer, responsible for managing the scene and delegating responsibilities. Once the scene is rendered safe and victims have been evaluated and treated by EMS personnel, securing the crime scene as soon as possible rests at the top of those responsibilities. A good rule of thumb is to start big; once the area has...

Sep 26, 2016
Digital evidence on VHS tapes

Digital evidence on VHS tapes

By: CaseGuard

In this day and age, you’d probably be as surprised as we were to learn that many law enforcement agencies around the country are still using VHS tapes to store digital evidence. Most police departments have already stopped using VHS tapes, but still maintain a lot of old digital evidence, some of which is crucial, on VHS tapes. A few months ago, we published a blog post about the ...

Sep 19, 2016
Sexual Assault Kit Backlogs: A Disturbing Trend

Sexual Assault Kit Backlogs: A Disturbing Trend

By: CaseGuard

In recent years, DNA evidence has become the new standard in determining conviction or exoneration of a person accused of committing a crime. Not only advances in DNA technology, but popular television programs highlighting (and at times overstating) current forensic sciences capabilities have given rise to a much higher...

Sep 12, 2016
In Memory of Police Officer John R. Melendez

In Memory of Police Officer John R. Melendez

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...

Sep 05, 2016

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