Evidence Blog

In Memory of Officer Larry Lasater

In Memory of Officer Larry Lasater

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’d like to take some time to reflect on...

Jun 15, 2015
Evidence chain of custody

Evidence chain of custody

By: CaseGuard

“There is nothing like first-hand evidence.” So said Sherlock Holmes in, A Study in Scarlet, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Although a fictional character, his statement was true. There is nothing as advantageous to the building of a case as hard evidence. Because of this, the management of evidence is of the utmost importance. We call the documentation of this management the chain of...

Jun 08, 2015
Crime scene evidence management

Crime scene evidence management

By: CaseGuard

Managing evidence at a crime scene begins when the first responding officers arrive on scene. We can define a “crime scene” as any location where evidence relating to a specific incident, would reasonably be expected to be found whether before, during or after the crime. As radio dispatchers broadcast information about a reported incident, officers begin communicating and formulating an action...

Jun 01, 2015
Digital evidence management in 2015

Digital evidence management in 2015

By: CaseGuard

The advent of digital cameras, digital video cameras, and digital data in general has been a huge leap forward to the Law Enforcement community. It allows us to have everything immediately available for viewing for ourselves and for the investigators. However, many of us have not done a great job of managing this type of evidence. We all know that we must treat physical evidence in a manner that...

May 25, 2015
In Memory of Officer Joseph Haydu

In Memory of Officer Joseph Haydu

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’d like to take some time to reflect on...

May 18, 2015
Evidence room inventory procedures

Evidence room inventory procedures

By: CaseGuard

Most modern evidence rooms probably already have in place a system by which items are inventoried, or audited, on a regular basis.  If yours doesn’t, it most definitely should. Regularly scheduled inventories, as well as random audits, play an important part in maintaining the integrity of your entire “process”.  How and when those inventories are conducted are up to you and your agency policies...

May 11, 2015
How do I organize the evidence room.

How do I organize the evidence room? Where do I start?

By: CaseGuard

  If you’ve been around evidence rooms for any length of time, you’ve probably seen some really good ones and some really bad ones, with most falling somewhere in between. If yours is somewhere on the bottom of the scale, we have some suggestions to help you get organized. First of all, please understand that knowing that YOU can locate items easily isn’t necessarily the standard by which you...

May 04, 2015
Why evidence management software

Why evidence management software? The old way still works!

By: CaseGuard

Often, when talking to department heads at small or mid-size law enforcement agencies about their evidence room and whether or not they might benefit from evidence management software, we hear “the old way still works”.  But does it?  Really?  I can’t help but wonder if the department head really understands the day to day operations in the evidence room, or if he or she thinks that the “old way...

Apr 27, 2015
In Memory of Chief Robert Smith

In Memory of Chief Robert Smith

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...

Apr 20, 2015
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

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