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Evidence PackagingEvidence Packaging
GuidelinesGuidelines
May 2006
BasicsBasics
• The primary purpose of the Evidence Control Section is to provide for the secure storage of all property wh...
BasicsBasics
• Standardized packaging of evidence will enhance the likelihood that property will be maintained in its orig...
BasicsBasics
• Additional benefits include the reduction of
potential for injury and a more efficient
means of storing, id...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• The following is a list of standardized
packaging materials:
• La siguiente es una ...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• “AA” Envelope
– 6” x 9” Manila Envelope
– Used primarily for, but not limited to, s...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• “A” Envelope
– 9” x 12” Manila Envelope
– Available at all evidence processing area...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• “CC” Box
– 13 ¾” x 3 ¼” x 2 ¼” Corrugated Box
– This box can be used for items othe...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• Handgun Box
– 12 ½” x 6 ¼” x 2 ¼” Corrugated Box
– This box is restricted in use to...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• Rifle Box
– 51” x 7” x 3” Corrugated Box
– This box is restricted in use to packagi...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• “C” Box
– 10” x 7” x 4” Brown Shipping Box
– Available at all evidence processing a...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• “D” Box
– 11” x 8” x 6” Brown Shipping Box
– Available at all evidence processing a...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• “E” Box
– 12” x 12” x 12” Brown Shipping Box
– These boxes are maintained by the Ev...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• “F” Box
– 24” x 20” x 16” Brown Shipping Box
– These boxes are maintained by the Ev...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• “G” Box
– 24” x 16” x 12” Brown Shipping Box
– These boxes are maintained by the Ev...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• Media Packaging
– Standard plastic cases or paper sleeves
designed specifically to ...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• Tags
– Cardboard tags with wire attachments
– Available at all evidence processing ...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• Twist-ties or Cable-ties (flex cuffs)
– Used primarily to secure items within boxes...
Standard MaterialsStandard Materials
• Plastic Tubes
– ¾” x 7 ¾” clear plastic tubes
– Used primarily for securing hypoder...
General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines
• Remember that above all, property shall
always be packaged in such a manner as
to p...
General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines
• Property shall be packaged in the smallest
container that will accommodate it witho...
General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines
• Envelopes shall not be stuffed to the
extent that the packaging no longer has
the b...
General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines
• Boxes must be properly closed so that all
sides are flat.
– If they are unable to b...
General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines
• Large or irregular shaped items, which
cannot be packaged in the standardized
envel...
General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines
• Items that do not require special protection
of the surface area shall be tagged ra...
General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines
• The next section is a series of
“How to” guides
Packaging BiohazardsPackaging Biohazards
• Needles & Syringes
– Single needles, or small quantities, shall be
placed in a ...
Packaging BiohazardsPackaging Biohazards
Use the plastic tube for
needles or syringes
Use the “BIOHAZARD” tape
to seal the...
Packaging BiohazardsPackaging Biohazards
Place the sealed and taped
plastic tube into an
appropriate sized envelope
(depen...
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
• Handguns / Rifles
– Handguns are packaged in a Handgun Box
– Rifles or Shotgu...
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
Remove the source of
ammunition from any firearm
to be placed into storage.
Rou...
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
Ensure that the gun is
unloaded. Store automatic
pistols with the slide locked
...
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
Attach a tag with the report number on it to the gun
and place it in the box. A...
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
Use ONE piece of tape to seal the seam of the box
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
Write the DATE on the opposite side of the tape (the longest side)
Write the RE...
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
Rifles will be placed in Rifle boxes.
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
Use a cable-tie to keep the bolt open.
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
Seal with ONE piece of tape.
Initial as usual.
Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo
Ammunition originating from
a firearm is to be sealed in a
separate container a...
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
• Knives
– Knives are packaged in a “CC” Box
– All knives, or any other item that may cau...
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
Knives that open should be
stored in the closed position
and wired shut
The same applies ...
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
Poke two holes into the bottom of the “CC” box.
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
Place the knife into the box, and secure it to the box with wire or a twist-tie.
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
Seal both ends and the seam with evidence tape
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
Then write the DATE and REPORT NUMBER on the opposite side
from the tape (the longest sid...
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
Why is it so important that you secure the knife to the box?
If left unsecured, a blade
c...
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
Why is it so important that you secure the knife to the box?
You can see why using an env...
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
Why is it so important that you secure the knife to the box?
Even these knives could open...
Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives
Why is it so important that you secure the knife to the box?
Please, use the “CC” Box, an...
Packaging CurrencyPackaging Currency
• Money
– Money should never be packaged with any
other items
– U.S. Currency shall b...
Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics
• Very important:
– Narcotics should not be packaged with ANY
OTHER ITEMS
• Not wit...
Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics
• Marijuana
– Less than 50 grams
• Package all 50 grams together in one package
– T...
Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics
• Powder Narcotics
– More than 1 “deck”
• Package 2 “decks” together in one package...
Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics
• Capsules and Pills
– 2 Pills or less
• Package 1-2 pills together in one package
...
Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics
• Multiple types of Narcotics
– Each type of narcotic shall be packaged
separately....
Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics
• Paraphernalia
– Paraphernalia items shall be packaged
separately from narcotics
–...
Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics
• The most important thing when packaging
narcotics is to prevent cross-
contaminat...
Thank you for helping makeThank you for helping make
TPD’s Evidence ControlTPD’s Evidence Control
Section one of the bestS...
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Evidence packaging guidelines

  1. 1. Evidence PackagingEvidence Packaging GuidelinesGuidelines May 2006
  2. 2. BasicsBasics • The primary purpose of the Evidence Control Section is to provide for the secure storage of all property which is in the custody of the police department until such time that it is needed for analysis, court, or authorized for final disposition. • El propósito principal de la sección de Control de pruebas es para el almacenamiento seguro de todos los bienes que está bajo la custodia de la policía hasta el momento en se es necesario para el análisis, corte, o autorizado para la disposición final.
  3. 3. BasicsBasics • Standardized packaging of evidence will enhance the likelihood that property will be maintained in its original condition. • Embalaje estándar de pruebas aumentará la probabilidad de que la propiedad se mantendrá en su estado original.
  4. 4. BasicsBasics • Additional benefits include the reduction of potential for injury and a more efficient means of storing, identifying, and retrieving property. • Los beneficios adicionales incluyen la reducción de la posibilidad de lesiones y un medio más eficiente para almacenar, identificar y recuperar la propiedad.
  5. 5. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • The following is a list of standardized packaging materials: • La siguiente es una lista de materiales de embalaje estándar:
  6. 6. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • “AA” Envelope – 6” x 9” Manila Envelope – Used primarily for, but not limited to, storing small quantities of narcotics or jewelry AA A – Available at all evidence processing centers
  7. 7. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • “A” Envelope – 9” x 12” Manila Envelope – Available at all evidence processing areas A
  8. 8. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • “CC” Box – 13 ¾” x 3 ¼” x 2 ¼” Corrugated Box – This box can be used for items other than knives such as small tools (screwdrivers) – Available at all evidence processing areas
  9. 9. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • Handgun Box – 12 ½” x 6 ¼” x 2 ¼” Corrugated Box – This box is restricted in use to packaging handguns only – These boxes are maintained by the Evidence Control Section only
  10. 10. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • Rifle Box – 51” x 7” x 3” Corrugated Box – This box is restricted in use to packaging long arms only (i.e. rifles, shotguns, etc) – These boxes are maintained by the Evidence Control Section only
  11. 11. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • “C” Box – 10” x 7” x 4” Brown Shipping Box – Available at all evidence processing areas
  12. 12. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • “D” Box – 11” x 8” x 6” Brown Shipping Box – Available at all evidence processing areas
  13. 13. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • “E” Box – 12” x 12” x 12” Brown Shipping Box – These boxes are maintained by the Evidence Control Section only
  14. 14. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • “F” Box – 24” x 20” x 16” Brown Shipping Box – These boxes are maintained by the Evidence Control Bureau only
  15. 15. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • “G” Box – 24” x 16” x 12” Brown Shipping Box – These boxes are maintained by the Evidence Control Bureau only
  16. 16. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • Media Packaging – Standard plastic cases or paper sleeves designed specifically to protect VHS, CD, DVD, audio cassettes, etc – Available at all evidence processing areas
  17. 17. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • Tags – Cardboard tags with wire attachments – Available at all evidence processing areas
  18. 18. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • Twist-ties or Cable-ties (flex cuffs) – Used primarily to secure items within boxes (knives, firearms, etc) – Available at all evidence processing areas
  19. 19. Standard MaterialsStandard Materials • Plastic Tubes – ¾” x 7 ¾” clear plastic tubes – Used primarily for securing hypodermic needles – Available at all evidence processing areas
  20. 20. General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines • Remember that above all, property shall always be packaged in such a manner as to provide the best protection for the item and to minimize risk of injury to the handler.
  21. 21. General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines • Property shall be packaged in the smallest container that will accommodate it without risk of damage to the property
  22. 22. General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines • Envelopes shall not be stuffed to the extent that the packaging no longer has the basic appearance of an envelope. – Example: a large item that creases the envelope or significantly shortens the height should be stored in a box of appropriate size – Also consider weight factors – use a box if the envelope will rip
  23. 23. General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines • Boxes must be properly closed so that all sides are flat. – If they are unable to be closed properly, they will not stack nor fit properly on the storage shelves or bins.
  24. 24. General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines • Large or irregular shaped items, which cannot be packaged in the standardized envelopes or boxes, shall be wrapped in brown packing paper and sealed with evidence tape.
  25. 25. General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines • Items that do not require special protection of the surface area shall be tagged rather than wrapped – i.e. bongs, jugs, baseball bats, etc • Blood Alcohol Kits and Sexual Battery Kits shall be submitted without further packaging.
  26. 26. General GuidelinesGeneral Guidelines • The next section is a series of “How to” guides
  27. 27. Packaging BiohazardsPackaging Biohazards • Needles & Syringes – Single needles, or small quantities, shall be placed in a plastic tube prior to being placed in an appropriate sized envelope. – Large quantities shall be placed in an appropriate sized box – Must be packaged separately from any other evidence
  28. 28. Packaging BiohazardsPackaging Biohazards Use the plastic tube for needles or syringes Use the “BIOHAZARD” tape to seal the tube opening
  29. 29. Packaging BiohazardsPackaging Biohazards Place the sealed and taped plastic tube into an appropriate sized envelope (depending on quantity of tubes) Seal envelope and initial as usual
  30. 30. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo • Handguns / Rifles – Handguns are packaged in a Handgun Box – Rifles or Shotguns are packaged in a Rifle Box – All Firearms should be secured to the box by utilizing a twist-tie or cable-tie
  31. 31. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo Remove the source of ammunition from any firearm to be placed into storage. Rounds will be left in the magazine while the round chambered in the weapon will be removed. The magazine and round will be placed in a sealed package such as a zip lock bag and then placed in the gun box with the weapon.
  32. 32. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo Ensure that the gun is unloaded. Store automatic pistols with the slide locked back to the rear.
  33. 33. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo Attach a tag with the report number on it to the gun and place it in the box. As with automatics, rounds will be removed from revolvers, placed in a separate container and then sealed in the same box as the gun.
  34. 34. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo Use ONE piece of tape to seal the seam of the box
  35. 35. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo Write the DATE on the opposite side of the tape (the longest side) Write the REPORT NUMBER on both ends of the box (the shortest sides) Write your initials across the tape as usual
  36. 36. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo Rifles will be placed in Rifle boxes.
  37. 37. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo Use a cable-tie to keep the bolt open.
  38. 38. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo Seal with ONE piece of tape. Initial as usual.
  39. 39. Packaging Guns & AmmoPackaging Guns & Ammo Ammunition originating from a firearm is to be sealed in a separate container and then placed in the same gun box as the weapon. Do not remove rounds from the magazine. After packaging the loaded magazine, place it in the gun box with the weapon.
  40. 40. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives • Knives – Knives are packaged in a “CC” Box – All knives, or any other item that may cause injury if not secured properly, should be secured to the box by utilizing a twist-tie or cable-tie
  41. 41. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives Knives that open should be stored in the closed position and wired shut The same applies to automatic knives, or switch blades. They should be wired to stay in the closed position.
  42. 42. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives Poke two holes into the bottom of the “CC” box.
  43. 43. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives Place the knife into the box, and secure it to the box with wire or a twist-tie.
  44. 44. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives Seal both ends and the seam with evidence tape
  45. 45. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives Then write the DATE and REPORT NUMBER on the opposite side from the tape (the longest side) Write your initials across the tape as usual
  46. 46. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives Why is it so important that you secure the knife to the box? If left unsecured, a blade can easily slip under the flaps You wouldn’t want to be responsible for a handler slicing their finger open, especially not knowing what possible biohazards could be present on the blade.
  47. 47. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives Why is it so important that you secure the knife to the box? You can see why using an envelope to store knives, or other items that could cause injury, is a bad idea.
  48. 48. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives Why is it so important that you secure the knife to the box? Even these knives could open up during handling and cut someone.
  49. 49. Packaging KnivesPackaging Knives Why is it so important that you secure the knife to the box? Please, use the “CC” Box, and secure the knife to the box. The hands you protect may be your own!
  50. 50. Packaging CurrencyPackaging Currency • Money – Money should never be packaged with any other items – U.S. Currency shall be packaged separate from foreign currency – Counterfeit currency shall be packaged separate from legal-tender currency
  51. 51. Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics • Very important: – Narcotics should not be packaged with ANY OTHER ITEMS • Not with other types of narcotics • Not with money • Not with a cell phone • Especially not with Paraphernalia – “Paraphernalia must be packaged separately.” (SOP 339.1)
  52. 52. Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics • Marijuana – Less than 50 grams • Package all 50 grams together in one package – This will be sent to FDLE for testing – More than 50 grams • Package 28 grams separately – This will be sent to FDLE for testing …remember, “Paraphernalia must be packaged separately.” (SOP 339.1)
  53. 53. Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics • Powder Narcotics – More than 1 “deck” • Package 2 “decks” together in one package – This will be sent to FDLE for testing • Put the remaining “decks” in another package – Weighing 1 pound or more • All of it will be packaged together – This will be sent to FDLE for testing …remember, “Paraphernalia must be packaged separately.” (SOP 339.1)
  54. 54. Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics • Capsules and Pills – 2 Pills or less • Package 1-2 pills together in one package – This will be sent to FDLE for testing – More than 3 Pills • Package 1-2 pills together in one package – This will be sent to FDLE for testing • Package the remaining pills in another package …remember, “Paraphernalia must be packaged separately.” (SOP 339.1)
  55. 55. Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics • Multiple types of Narcotics – Each type of narcotic shall be packaged separately. – Sending samples to FDLE • Each drug shall be individually bagged, then wrapped or placed in a separate container – then they shall be placed in one package for transportation to FDLE. …remember, “Paraphernalia must be packaged separately.” (SOP 339.1)
  56. 56. Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics • Paraphernalia – Paraphernalia items shall be packaged separately from narcotics – Different types of paraphernalia should be wrapped separately to prevent contamination of other paraphernalia. …remember, “Paraphernalia must be packaged separately.” (SOP 339.1)
  57. 57. Packaging NarcoticsPackaging Narcotics • The most important thing when packaging narcotics is to prevent cross- contamination of the drug. • This is why Paraphernalia MUST NOT be packaged with narcotics. …remember, “Paraphernalia must be packaged separately.” (SOP 339.1)
  58. 58. Thank you for helping makeThank you for helping make TPD’s Evidence ControlTPD’s Evidence Control Section one of the bestSection one of the best among law enforcement!among law enforcement!

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