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A great man with a great legacy. Thank you for your service.
Chief Judd had achieved life goals that all of us aim to accomplish in our lives. He was married, and had a child. He was highly respected in his community, and well regarded in the Idaho law enforcement community.
Make sure you're using the proper software for document redaction!
If you intend on honoring redaction policies and rules, you are going to need to find better software for conducting redaction work. If not, you’ll just be inviting what happened in the Manafort investigation – redacted documents with top secret information being released to the masses.
After video, audio, and image redaction, CaseGuard Studio can now perform document redaction with a click of a button. an All-in-One Redaction Software for video, audio, images, and documents.
CaseGuard is pleased to announce that we added document redaction to CaseGuard Studio. The software is being used by both public records and investigative personnel, and document redaction was a request that both types of clients had been asking for. In marking the release of this powerful addition,...
The story of Detective Holder, a young man who accomplished the ‘American Dream’, is terribly tragic, there can be no doubt. The City of New York decided to name the intersection where he died in honor of his sacrifice. Perhaps in honoring him this way, where he grew, children there will learn of his story, and recognize that there is a right path in life to take, and in doing so, you will be remembered.
The story of Detective Holder, a young man who accomplished the ‘American Dream’, is terribly tragic, there can be no doubt. The City of New York decided to name the intersection where he died in honor of his sacrifice. Perhaps in honoring him this way, where he grew, children there will learn o...
Collecting evidence from people, especially when they are the "crime scene," is as difficult as it gets. Usually reassuring them, being supportive, and listening are the best tools at your disposal when tasked with this tragic work.
Trauma cases are sensitive cases, and they require sensitive, non-traditional evidence collection and evidence management approaches.
When we started tackling automated video redaction, and audio redaction, we didn't see the path we were headed down in full. Today, CaseGuard Studio answers for more than just audio and video now, it also handles image and document files too. Let's review the basics today. When you're done, give us a call tomorrow.
CaseGuard Studio makes the complex tasks of video redaction and audio redaction simple and affordable. Point and click to redact video and audio files
Lost & Found is a detail that doesn't necessarily take up patrol's entire day, but it can be tiresome to manage. Here's a way to keep the function out of your evidence storage facilities, as well as maximize your manpower around it, no matter how big, or small your agency is.
Patrol personnel are quite capable of handling lost and found items, and with a little support they can carry out the mission more efficiently.
A secure evidence room means you need a staging/temporary area for evidence to be stored until your selected personnel can retrieve it and place it in the secure area. But selection, construction, and process are all part of that staging area too. Plan well!
Evidence room staging area security and access control is an important cornerstone that is often mistakenly overlooked when building the evidence room.
When it comes to evidence management, personnel selection is just as important as how you handle, and store evidence, because it informs how you manage evidence. Good decisions upfront mean less headaches later.
Conducting new backgrounds on people who are already our brothers and sisters is tough and harsh but our evidence deserves our strict efforts toward preservation of truth and reputation.
Taking over the evidence room when a crisis has been detected is not easy at all. If you are in this situation, you will be sorting out evidence and tasks, and much more for a very long time. Here's a guide to getting starting.
Recovering evidence room from the blob into a state of the art evidence management operation is a difficult task but there are recommendations to ease the pain along the way.
Integrity can be challenged at any given time. Those who do the right thing when no one is looking are those people who can stand the test of time. Those who can't will expose themselves. We must always be willing to confront these difficulties, no matter who is involved, no matter who they are.
The damage of leaking evidence lies in the loss of reputation to investigate, to charge, to detain, to arrest, and overall for a law enforcement agency to function at its core.
The 4th Amendment sets the basis for how we obtain evidence, and how that evidence can ultimately be used. It is never a bad idea to read and review 4th Amendment case law, as both line personnel, and evidence personnel.
United States Constitution is our foundational legal document and is the law of the land, The Fourth Amendment is the standard by which evidence must be obtained and secured.
A mere three years ago, we received hundreds of calls from agencies that still did not employ any one person to oversee evidence. Since that time, we've seen 85 percent of those agencies assign at least one person to a supervisory role.
Like it or not, how evidence is maintained means just as much as how it's collected. Are you prepared?
The intake, storage, and eventual destruction of evidence is an important task and law enforcement departments and agencies should treat it as such. Having a dedicated evidence management custodian can increase the odds of performing this task well and decrease the odds of losing cases or being sued...
Fire investigations have come a long way in a short amount of time. But, in order for the science to be fruitful, supporting efforts must be made by administration. Don't let criminals get away with arson, or worse, homicide, because you didn't feel fire investigations were important.
Fire investigators of today must be educated in the sciences, and are often called upon to perform the duties of police officers and firefighters. Fire investigators must also be trained and proficient in forensics and evidence management so that they may avoid the spoliation of evidence that may be...
Case assignment can make or break a unit in terms of organization, response, and ultimately results. Procedures, and a unified system is the best strategy to keep your personnel efficient, and to get cases through your workflow.
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 t...
Our most sensitive investigations are those involving children. Officers that handle these cases need to evaluate themselves prior to entering a new investigation, and ensure they are prepared to face the worst behavior we know on this earth.
Both physical and sexual child abuse are horrible crimes that may have long lasting effects on the victim, even into adulthood. By rescuing a child from an abusive situation, law enforcement officers can know that they are making real, long term differences in that child’s life that will have dram...
The role of the armorer is misunderstood, usually over-burdened, and hardly fully supported. Have you considered helping your armorer out?
The armorer is a crucial part of any agency’s operation, and providing the person in this role with proper oversight, control, and the tools to accomplish their mission are paramount.
Fraud and forgery cases are often overlooked in law enforcement, but just a cursory look into most of these crimes can lead to homegrown discoveries.
Fraud and forgery investigations may not seem like the most exciting cases to work on for law enforcement personnel, but they can be rewarding and significant nonetheless. Victims of fraud and forgery cases are often elderly or mentally challenged individuals who are vulnerable and need to be protec...
Discussion surrounding when citizens can record law enforcement activity has become pronounced over the past two years. That said, our primer on this topic still sets the tone for what law enforcement, and citizens can expect in such a transaction.
Evidence collection in inclement weather is truly an entire training class all on it's own. It likely will require certification in the future. Until that day comes, getting ahead of the power curve and understanding how to do it correctly will suffice.
Weather can create challenging conditions for Crime Scene Investigators. We have to improvise and adapt in order to optimize our evidence collection.
FOIA and public records requests have taken on a life of their own since we first started discussing their impact on agency operations, much like we predicted.
Since we first discussed exemptions to these requests, we've accounted for 35 percent of our customer base has gone from handling records requests as a collateral/extra duty, to employing one or more people in a full time capacity, the bulk of their work surrounding video requests.
Public records requests are not going away, and by and large it is your agency's responsibility to fulfill them. Isn't it time you employed one software suite that allowed your staff to handle all requests?
Unforeseen challenges arise as law enforcement agencies collect more video evidence. From cruiser camera video to body camera and surveillance videos.
Construction of evidence rooms is just as important as the management tools you put in place. If you don't invest in proper construction, your evidence is as good as gone.
Evidence rooms have often been relegated to the basement of the police department, an offsite facility, or wherever else they might be out of the way.
Management of digital evidence has come a long way, both in products available, and in expectations in law and in court rules. If your agency hasn't looked into these changes, you are risking the ability to attain convictions.
Law enforcement must be flexible and open to change so they take advantage of new technologies in the digital evidence realm to remain one step ahead.
The basics of evidence management and collection at an OIS scene must be adhered to, otherwise the officer(s) involved may be scrutinized unfairly in court, and in public.
Thorough documentation, chain of custody of physical evidence and integrity of digital evidence are crucial in officer involved shooting investigation
One could argue that firearms are the whole reason the concepts of evidence management were born. Regardless, how your agency manages and handles firearms says a lot about how everything else is handled in your evidence room. Always have your best foot forward!
Firearms in the evidence room can be one of the most difficult types of evidence you’ll ever have to handle as an evidence technician or custodian.
Suspicious Death Scenes should always be handled as if a crime occurred, and that means treating the scene as if everything within it is, or contains evidence. Getting your personnel on the same page can be the difference between solving a death, and missing a murder.
Not every suspicious death will be ruled a homicide but every suspicious death case must be investigated as such when collecting and managing evidence
A successful search warrant comes down to three things: articulation of the facts, organization, and follow through. The 4th Amendment depends on your adherence to these common principles. Having tools that help facilitate these principles, like evidence management software, is key to the success of your personnel, and ultimately your agency.
Utilizing best practices and accurate evidence management software enable law enforcement personnel to conduct successful search warrants.
No matter how 'ahead of the pack' your software is, human error can still factor into problems you experience managing evidence. But, truly valuable software eliminates redundancies, reduces entry requirements, and creates a new level of efficiency for your line personnel.
The best evidence management software can simplify procedures and eliminate human error but we will always be dependent upon people to make judgments.
All agency personnel that have interaction with evidence need to have access to your evidence management software. From any angle of analysis, not including line officers to your system will only create bigger problems later.
Time saved by allowing police officers to use evidence management software can be used to focus on real evidence management like audit or disposition
Ten things that should be required in a digital evidence management system. Don't have them? Give us a call!
Digital evidence management is no easy task. Here are ten important features to look for while evaluating digital evidence management software systems
Digital evidence has to be tracked to the same level, and even better, than physical evidence. Your system should provide you these tools:
Good digital evidence system verifies files authenticity, track it, and maintain an unalterable chain of custody, all the way through final disposal
We first discussed cell phones as an evidence collection tool in 2015. How many of you are now routinely using cell phones to collect evidence? How many of you are using these devices to manage evidence? If not, you should really start considering your options, especially if you issue agency phones.
Evidence management mobile apps are powerful evidence collection tools but there are considerations before collecting physical and digital evidence.
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