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Problems with using CDs/DVDs to store digital evidence

Problems with using CDs/DVDs to store digital evidence

By: CaseGuard

There are many evidence related and technical problems with using CDs/DVDs to store your digital evidence data, if you haven’t experienced any of these issues yet, consider yourself lucky. A few of these problems are: No real chain of custody for digital evidence as far as who has viewed the files or who has downloaded them. While you probably have a chain of custody for the CD/DVD itself, that’s...

Apr 13, 2015
Packaging and submitting physical evidence

Packaging and submitting physical evidence

By: CaseGuard

Let’s discuss physical evidence for a few minutes.  I’m talking about the actual process by which an item or items comes into the evidence room.  Your agency, no doubt, already has its own policies and procedures that cover it, but maybe we can stimulate conversation and, perhaps, give you some pointers that may help. First of all, some officers might need training on what is actually evidence...

Apr 06, 2015
Cryptocurrency and Law Enforcement | Uncharted Waters

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...

Mar 30, 2015
In Memory of SFPD & the Bloody Era

In Memory of SFPD & the Bloody Era

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 23, 2015
Infrastructure Damage | When Public Property Becomes Evidence

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...

Mar 16, 2015
How to handle cellphones, documents, and tapes in the evidence room

How to handle cellphones, documents, and tapes in the evidence room

By: CaseGuard

One of the many functions of the evidence room, and the reason for many of the rules and procedures when handling evidence, is to preserve the evidence and information from the case and crime scene to the extent possible. We’ve been discussing many different types of evidence, and here we’ll discuss a few more that officers may encounter on a routine basis. Let’s start with cellular telephones,...

Mar 09, 2015
Free RMS Evidence Module

Free RMS evidence module? (The good, the bad, and everything in between)

By: CaseGuard

In the previous blog post titled “Why Evidence Management Software?”, we discussed the advantages of having an advanced evidence management software system in every evidence room, and we talked about the things you might be missing if you’re still managing your evidence “the old way”. Today, we discuss one of the myths surrounding the...

Mar 02, 2015
Line of Duty Deaths | The Brookline Massacre | Part 2

Line of Duty Deaths | The Brookline Massacre | Part 2

By: CaseGuard

  In review of the events we’ve covered, we’ve seen Paul, Jennings, and Harry Young, three boys of a large farming family in southwest Missouri rise from petty thieves, to highly organized criminals, where Jennings and Harry have now graduated to an insurmountable amount of homicide of law enforcement officers...

Feb 23, 2015
How to handle found property in the evidence room

How to handle found property in the evidence room

By: CaseGuard

Another common evidence item that requires special attention is found property. Although it usually doesn’t relate to evidence or crimes, it is entirely possible that the item IS evidence and the crime has not yet been detected or reported. For that reason, found property needs to be handled in much the same way as actual evidence.   Typically, retention periods for found property are shorter...

Feb 16, 2015
How to handle biohazards, blood, and urine samples in the evidence room

How to handle biohazards, blood, and urine samples in the evidence room

By: CaseGuard

Unfortunately, police officers and evidence custodians have to handle biohazard materials such as blood and urine from time to time, in and outside the evidence room. Following strict rules and procedures when handling such materials not only will protect your health, it will also protect other personnel handling the same items multiple times, as this type of evidence tends to move around a lot...

Feb 09, 2015

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