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An Important Reminder About Evidence Packaging

By: Hilary Rodela, Lead Digital Content Writer

Evidence can often make or break a case. That’s why handling it with the utmost care is crucial. Those who work in this field should be held to a higher standard as evidence may be fragile and sometimes time sensitive.

One of the most important pieces of the process is packaging evidence. When you package evidence you are preserving it. It should be done right the first time, every time. Here is a quick list to remind you of what types of packaging materials should be used for particular types of evidence:

Type of Evidence: Packaging Material:

-Prescription Drugs -Clear bags

-Organic Drugs -Paper bags

-Firearms -Boxes

-Ammo -Paper envelope

-Sharps - Sharps container (for knives may be a knife box)

This is just a short list of the many types of evidence that come through an evidence room. There is always method to the evidence packaging madness. For instance, firearms and ammo should always be packaged in boxes and paper envelopes to help keep from rusting. Organic drugs such as weed should be place in paper to prevent mold.

Remember biohazards should be clearly labeled and if there is any wet substance you collect, let it properly dry and then package in paper only or a boxes only.

Finally, seal, sign and date all evidence. This is crucial for the chain of custody. If you take the time to package your evidence right the first time, you will be in a much better place in the long run.

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