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Evidence and the Fourth Amendment

Evidence and the Fourth Amendment

By: CaseGuard

There are many different kinds of evidence, gathered in a variety of ways, each with specific storage and retention requirements. But, how is evidence legally obtained? What are the rules governing the collection of evidence and where do they come from? Here, in the United States, the Constitution is our foundational legal document and is the law of the land. The first ten amendments to the...

Apr 04, 2016
The Argument for a Dedicated Evidence Management Custodian

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...

Mar 28, 2016
In Memory of Sergeant Oliver Devard Williamson

In Memory of Sergeant Oliver Devard Williamson

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...

Mar 21, 2016
Fire Investigations

Fire Investigations

By: CaseGuard

  Fire investigations, or what are also commonly referred to as “origin and cause investigations” are the inquiries that take place after a fire or fire-related event has occurred. After first responding firefighters extinguish a blaze, an investigation is then started to determine the cause of the fire or explosion. Fire investigations can be highly complex and investigators conducting these...

Mar 14, 2016
Instruction & Introduction of Case Management & Assignment

Instruction & Introduction of Case Management & Assignment

By: CaseGuard

  While not considered to be an exciting part of any law enforcement career, case management can be one of the most crucial. Proper case management practices can ensure a law enforcement officer’s investigation will run smoothly from inception to closing. Improper case management practices can be devastating to a case, and worst case scenario may result in a criminal getting away with their...

Mar 07, 2016
Child Abuse Investigations

Child Abuse Investigations

By: CaseGuard

Law enforcement officers are tasked with investigating a myriad of crimes. From white collar crime to murder, investigators may be called on to faithfully execute their duties no matter what the situation. While all law enforcement officers strive to do their best, even in the face of adversity, the emotional toll the work takes on them can be overwhelming. By far one of the most difficult and...

Feb 29, 2016
In Memory of Deputy Officer Shawn Carson & Officer Robert Nguyen

In Memory of Deputy Officer Shawn Carson & Officer Robert Nguyen

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...

Feb 22, 2016
Quartermaster Roles | Armorer

Quartermaster Roles | Armorer

By: CaseGuard

  Today a police quartermaster has an ever-expanding role. Even though one person typically will oversee all the assets a department owns, they will subcategorize that into special sections that report back to them. This is the case if their department has three officers or 500. One of those subsections that will typically morph into an all-encompassing entity is the Armorer. Armorers will start...

Feb 15, 2016
Fraud & Forgery Investigations

Fraud & Forgery Investigations

By: CaseGuard

  While certainly not the most glamorous or exciting types of investigations that exist, fraud and forgery investigations are important nonetheless. Fraud and forgery investigations can vary drastically in complexity and with regard to monetary loss. From the simplest fake artwork or jewelry case to the most complex international monetary fraud schemes, there are certain techniques a law...

Feb 08, 2016
Citizens Recording Law Enforcement Activities

Citizens Recording Law Enforcement Activities

By: CaseGuard

Recent high profile use-of-force events have spurred a national narrative on police tactics and community relations. It seems this topic is covered in never-ending 24 hour news cycles. Law enforcement officers across the United States are being scrutinized more than ever, not only by the news media, but by the courts, political activists and ordinary citizens. The implications for law enforcement...

Feb 01, 2016

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