Evidence Management Software
What to do with Seized Evidence
The case is finished. The suspect has been tried, convicted, and sentenced, and there is no longer a need to waste precious office space on holding seized evidence. What is a law enforcement department or agency supposed to do with seized evidence? Must seized evidence always be destroyed?
Evidence Training | Electronics & Jewelry Handling, Packaging, and Storing Standards
Electronics and jewelry create specialized packaging needs, and different type of handling. In the end, we’re not too far off from much of what we’ve already discussed, but because we have some minor differences, we need to plan ahead, and get familiar with what we’re dealing with.
Instruction & Introduction of Case Management & Assignment
Case management in law enforcement may not be the most exhilarating topic to cover when discussing law enforcement issues, but it is essential nonetheless. All law enforcement officers, but especially law enforcement officers operating in an investigative capacity must be trained and proficient in their department or agency’s case management system and evidence management system in order to do their jobs effectively.
Why evidence management software? The old way still works!
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 […]
Packaging and submitting physical evidence
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 […]
How to handle cellphones, documents, and tapes in the evidence room
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 […]
How to handle found property in the evidence room
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 […]
How to handle biohazards, blood, and urine samples in the evidence room
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 […]
How to handle alcohol and food in the evidence room
In this article, 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 […]