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The International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE) Inc. endorses:
A. A set of fundamental beliefs through which individuals may strive for excellence in the profession of Property and Evidence.
B. The belief that the motives, methods, and actions of each member must be above reproach and consistent with legal and ethical conduct.
C. That each member work toward creating an atmosphere within his or her facility, which will actively encourage employees to understand and follow ethical practices.
D. The requirement that each member be honest and trustworthy in carrying out his or her duties as well interactions with supervisors, peers, subordinates, and customers they serve.

The following questions require individual judgment, and are offered as guidance for Property and Evidence Specialists when dealing with ethical issues. In evaluating the propriety of a proposed act, the Property and Evidence Specialist must consider:
A. Is anyone's life, health, or safety endangered by my actions?
B. Is my action legal? Iflegal, is it also ethical?
C. Are my actions in compliance with established agency policy and guidelines?
D. Are my actions honest and impartial?
E. Would I be compromised if my supervisors, peers, fellow employees, subordinates, and other professional colleagues knew my actions? Are my actions defensible to these same people, and to the legal system?
F. Have I maintained a clear, well-documented, chain of custody at all times?
G. Have I stored/secured the evidence in a manner that preserves its integrity?

A. As Property and Evidence Specialists, we have an ethical obligation to make certain that the courts understand the manner of evidence and property receipt, storage, chain of custody and destruction. It is our duty to present this information in an impartial manner.
B. As Property and Evidence Specialists we will not knowingly or willing, assist either the defense or prosecution in a case in a manner that will provide a false or misleading impression to the jury.
C. We must strive to answer all questions asked of us in a clear, concise, and truthful manner. We will not extend ourselves beyond our area of expertise.

It is the responsibility of each member to promote and maintain professional relationships among all Property and Evidence Specialists. Each person has an obligation to conduct himself/herself according to certain principles. These principles, while different from the items enumerated above, are no less important, and certainly not any less of an ethical concern. The only difference shall be that the principles listed below shall serve to benefit the Association and the profession as a whole rather than the individual:
A. The Association encourages and concurs that it is an ethical requirement that a member bring to the attention of the appropriate law enforcement agency any violation of the above Code of Ethics.
B. The Association agrees that a member may use this Code of Ethics in order to justify his/her conduct in a given case with the understanding that the individual will have the full support of this Association. 

"The LA.P.E. Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge the work of Scott A. Hester who submit­ted a proposal for the implementation of a Code of Ethics for Property and Evidence specialists. Scott's work, with minor modification, became the final Code that was approved by the Board. Scott is an Evidence Control Specialist with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He has been with ATF for 17 years and for the past 5 years he has worked in their Evidence Room in Walnut Creek, CA. Scott has a B.A. degree in Biology from California State University. The Board expresses our gratitude and appreciation for Scott's suggestion and for his work in raising the bar of professionalism."

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Live Evidence Courses

This two-day course provides a unique training opportunity for those responsible for, or actively involved in, the operation, supervision or management of a Property and Evidence Unit..
Full Certification Available

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2 days

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Online Evidence Courses

The IAPE Property and Evidence Management video course was prepared by Law Enforcement Personnel to be completed at your leiseure with in 30 days. Completion of the course meets requirements for becoming a Certified Property & Evidence Specialist (CPES).
Full Certification Available

Course Length

Up to 14 hours

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Audits & Inventories:

Useful to Property Room personnel as well as Auditors regarding the preparation for and procedure of conducting an audit of the Property Room. Additionally, learn how inventories differ from audits.
Certification Not Available

Course Length

109 Minutes

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Evidence Security

The best ways to secure your Property Room as well as common mistakes that you should avoid. Discover the types of products and . procedures which will enhance the security of your facility.
Certification Not Available

Course Length

90 Minutes

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Documentation, Chain of Custody and Automation

Provides an understanding of the Chain of Custody within the property room, along with an overview of the various internal controls needed to properly track and manage you evidence.
Certification Not Available

Course Length

85 Minutes

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