It is the aim of this course to teach you the basic principles of Property and Evidence Room Management.
Our criminal justice system is based on the presumption of innocence, which means law enforcement must prove guilt beyond a “reasonable doubt” to win a conviction. Any doubt about the integrity of a piece of evidence – any unanswered question about how evidence was handled at any step along the way from the point of collection to presentation in the courtroom can lead to criminals walking free.
There are two basic tenets every property room manager should live by:
- Eliminate any doubt as to the integrity of a piece of evidence
- Treat a person’s property with respect.
To be successful you need:
- The right space
- The right person
- The right tracking system
- A Written Evidence and Property Room Manual
- Design a property room; Layout, Security, Shelving, High Risk Items
- Management and Organization
- Policy and Procedures
- Proper Packaging and Storage
- Chain of Custody
- Audits and Inspections
- Case Review and Disposal