Evidence Blog

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...

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
How to handle alcohol and food in the evidence room

How to handle alcohol and food in the evidence room

By: CaseGuard

In this blog post, we discuss alcohol and food in the evidence room. Alcohol is probably one of the most common items that officers and deputies encounter every day during their shifts. It’s important to know how to handle these items to avoid problems in your evidence room. Different law enforcement agencies might have different rules and procedures to handle alcohol and food. That’s why it’s...

Feb 02, 2015
Line of Duty Deaths | The Brookline Massacre | Part 1

Line of Duty Deaths | The Brookline Massacre | Part 1

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...

Jan 26, 2015
How to handle currency in the evidence room

How to handle currency, jewelry, and forgeries in the evidence room

By: CaseGuard

Like drugs and firearms, evidence rooms receive various types of currencies, jewelries, counterfeits, and forgeries every day. Here we discuss a list of steps and recommendations on how to handle currency and other valuable items....

Jan 19, 2015
How to handle firearms, fireworks, explosives, and sharp items in the evidence room

How to handle firearms, fireworks, explosives, and sharp items in the evidence room?

By: CaseGuard

Like Drugs and Currency, evidence rooms receive various types of firearms, fireworks, explosives, and sharp items every day. In this blog post we discuss a list of steps and recommendations on how to handle firearms, fireworks,...

Jan 12, 2015
How to handle drugs in the evidence room

How to handle drugs in the evidence room?

By: CaseGuard

All evidence rooms receive various amounts of many different drugs every day. We thought it might be beneficial to discuss how to handle drugs in your evidence room through a list of steps and recommendations. Obviously, your agency might have different rules and procedures in place to handle drugs, so these are only a few suggestions. Count and weigh drugs (in grams) before sealing it in plastic...

Jan 05, 2015

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