Welcome!

Andy Lohrman Hello,
My name is Andy Lohrman, founder of Integrity Management Solutions, developers of Exhibit-A: Evidence Software™. I have been a sworn police office for 21 years. The majority of those years have been in criminal investigations and crime scene investigations. I am a primary instructor of CSIs at a Midwestern law enforcement academy. My areas of expertise are quality assurance of evidence systems and crime scene processing procedures.

The purpose of this blog is to provide authoritative articles and tips on evidence handling methodology and to open a dialog between law enforcement officers (and all those concerned) on the important subject of evidence management.

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I hope that you find the articles useful.

Sincerely,
Andy Lohrman

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2 Responses to Welcome!

  1. Chuck Darchuk says:

    Andy
    What’s your take on evidence/property returns and evidence/property disposal? Cleaning up the evidence room before the next audit and surviving. I was talking to a new Sheriff and his new Investigator, they don’t believe their new inquired evidence room has been inventoried or worse audit in 6 years. The way I understand it’s from their conversation the room is a mess, which I’ve found out is not uncommon for many small agencies, with limited man power.

    • Andy Lohrman says:

      Chuck

      Without electronic tracking these task are very difficult and typically do not get done. Evidence disposals are best handled by directing the investigating officers to submit written dispositions for each case that they are responsible for at least once a year. Once a written disposition is submitted with direction to dispose of items in a case, photographs should be taken of the items and the items destroyed with a witness. Returns should also be done at the direction of an investigation officer who makes contact with the person that the item(s) are to be released to and a mutually agreed upon time to pickup the item(s) from the property officer. The returned item should also be photographed prior to release and the person receiving signs a receipt after being properly identified. Of course, if the item is a gun or has serial numbers, it should be checked for stolen prior to release. If this policy is enforced, the task becomes much more manageable over time.

      Audits are another thing. There are self audits done by the property officer on a regular basis. Full audits that should be done with the changing of administration or property officer duties and when there is a problem suspected. Administrative audits should be done by a supervisor of the property officer by randomly spot checking a few locations in the property room at least every 6 months.

      It has been my experience that the problem that you describe is not uncommon. However, all is not lost in this scenario. As long as the items where documented and placed in a room that is secured, the chain of custody is not broken. It just makes for a frustrating system. That is why we do what we do, to help agencies out of this situation.

      Thanks for your question.

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