A Passion For ALL Things Evidence...

The IAPE board consists of current and former law enforcement officials with extensive background in property and evidence. Their diverse skills and experience help the IAPE to continue to offer world leading training, resources and materials catering evidence for law enforcement and commercial institutions. The board helps to guide who and what the IAPE stands for and to help keep it current to meet trends and needs regarding ALL things evidence for today and in the future.

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Joe Moralli

Joe Moralli

President/Director (2019), Property Section Manager, City of Chico Police Department

Joe Moralli is presently employed by the City of Chico as the Property Manager/Crime Scene Manager. In this capacity he is required to secure and maintain evidence as well as oversight of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit.

Joe has previously held the position of Second Vice-President of the C.A.P.E. State Executive Board. Additionally, he has held the position of Conference Director twice

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Prior to holding the position of Second Vice-President, Joe was the Chairperson for the State By-Laws Committee. The committee was formed to update and make necessary changes to the organizations by-laws.

In 2003 Joe started the Sierra Nevada Chapter of C.A.P.E. This required writing chapter by-laws, a letter of interest to the Executive Board, and organizing members throughout the North state. This chapter has been very successful, as this resource was not available to many law enforcement agencies north of Sacramento. Joe recognized the need for training in the rural areas in Northern California and made the necessary efforts to get this chapter recognized by the organization.

Joe was selected as the Alta Chapter Property Officer of the Year and State Property Officer of the Year in 2003. Additionally, he has been selected the Sierra Nevada Chapter Property Officer of the Year in 2004 and 2005. 

Joe continues to strive for the betterment of those personnel involved in the property function of law enforcement. In recent years he has worked closely with his District Attorney's Office in the development of a Property Retention Policy. Many agencies throughout the state are looking at a similar policy for their counties.

Another aspect of Joe’s job duties is the oversight of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit. As a result, Joe became involved with the California State Division of the International Association for Identification. Joe was elected to the position of Director of the North at their conference in May 2009. This position allowed him to get involved in the training of crime scene investigators and identification personnel throughout the state.

In recent years, Joe has gone back to college, in an effort to obtain his Bachelor’s degree. Even with all these organizations and activities, Joe still finds time for his other interests. Joe is an avid bicycle rider, softball player, and an ATV enthusiast.



Robert Giles

Robert E. Giles

1st Vice President, Past President (2017)

Lieutenant Robert Giles retired from the Burbank Police Department in 2004 after 32 years of service. Lt. Giles’ varied experience includes assignments as a Bureau Commander in both the investigations and uniform divisions. He obtained specialized experience supervising the Vice/Narcotics Detail, Special Enforcement Detail, Property Crimes Bureau, Communications, and Police Reserve personnel. Lt. Giles developed significant expertise in drug asset forfeiture, Emergency Operations Center activities and was the Administrative Manager of the Burbank Police Department's Special Response Team.

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Mr. Giles received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. He attended the prestigious Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California and the FBI's National Academy, Class #170 at Quantico, Virginia.

The International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. selected Mr. Giles to serve on its Board of Directors as President from 2003-2005, and has served as Board Secretary for many years. Bob is one of several Past-Presidents and travels frequently to conduct IAPE business and assist in presenting IAPE Property Management Classes throughout the country.  Bob has a close affiliation with Evidence Control Systems; a private consulting firm that conducts property and evidence room audits for law enforcement agencies nationwide.



Brian Russel

Brian Russell

2nd Vice President IAPE Board of Directors - Lieutenant, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (Retired)

Brian started his law enforcement career in 1986 as a Military Police Police Officer in the United States Army and joined the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department in 1990. During his 30-year law enforcement career, he held a variety of assignments, including Patrol, Police Training Academy, and the Traffic Unit.

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Additionally, he was a Patrol Sergeant, Response Area Commander, and Lieutenant.  In his last position, he was the manager over the Property and Evidence Division, which is responsible for the intake and management of over 120,000 items of evidence each year. During this assignment, he oversaw the implementation of a web-based evidence management system, which moved the department from a paper-based system to a more accurate and efficient system of collecting and cataloging evidence. Brian also served on a team that integrated digital evidence into the evidence management system, providing the ability to expose digital evidence to the disposition process.



Suzanne Cox

Suzanne Embree

Treasurer (2017)

Suzanne Embree has been an integral member of IAPE Board of Directors since 1993. Her primary function has been to handle the finances of the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. Mrs. Embree was originally recruited by IAPE as its first financial officer because of her reputation offering highly skilled bookkeeping and tax preparation services, and expertise with the unique aspects required for non-profit organizations...

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Mrs. Embree has also been an active participant in community affairs, the Chamber of Commerce, Burbank Sunrise Rotary for twenty years, and has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army Burbank Corps for twelve years. She has served two terms as Chairman of the board. She has also been involved in many other community organizations, and was selected as Small Business Owner by the Chamber of Commerce in 1993. Suzanne was also selected as a recipient of Women In Business for the San Fernando Valley in 2003. Her offices are located in Burbank, California. She is married to a state firearms officer.



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Nancy McKay-Hills

Secretary (2019) Evidence Superintendent of the Tucson, Arizona Police Department.

She has worked in the field of Forensic Evidence since 1993. Nancy previously served on the Executive Board of the Arizona Association for Property & Evidence, and is currently a member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission Policy Team. Nancy was instrumental in the development of the Tucson Police Department’s 80,000 square foot warehouse facility, and received the Chief of Police Citation of Excellence for the relocation of approximately 800,000 pieces of evidence. In 2015, she was awarded the Tucson Police Department’s Civilian of the Year for her dedication and efforts toward evidence preservation.

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“Give me any size building and I will fill it up, but give me the right balance of personnel, space, and a hardy records management system, there should be no need for expansion.”



Steve Campbell

Steve Campbell

Board Member, Instructor (Immediate Past Prresident - 2017)

Steve Campbell served 27 years in law enforcement, retiring as Chief of Police in Port Hueneme, California in 2000. Prior to his appointment as Chief, Steve served with the Glendale, California Police Department for 23 years. At age 19 he started as a Police Cadet, assigned to the Property Room....

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Steve has served on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. since the newly constituted board met in April 1997. For over thirteen years, Steve has instructed with IAPE and has done property room audits for police agencies throughout the United States.

Steve is currently the Emergency Planning Program Manager for Puget Sound Energy in Bellevue, Washington. He is a certified Associate Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Steve’s bachelor’s degree is in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco, and has completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Class 189.



Kerstin Hammarberg

Kerstin Hammarberg

Director, Instructor, CPES

Supervisor Kerstin Hammarberg is a 14-year civilian law enforcement employee For the last 10 years, she has supervised the Property and Evidence Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department, including a staff of 15 civilian employees and three locations. She attended her first IAPE training in 1997 and became a Certified Evidence Technician in 2003. She has attended and hosted multiple IAPE training events and submitted articles for publication for the “Evidence Log” and “Evidence Technology Magazine.”...

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Kerstin spent five years as an Executive with the Boy Scouts of America, four years as a Program Coordinator with the American Red Cross, and four years with the Crystal Police Department. While with the Crystal Police Department she was certified as a Crime Prevention Specialist and as an Evidence Technician. She held positions as President of the Minnesota Crime Prevention Advisory Committee and Board member with Minnesota Association of Property and Evidence.

Kerstin earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Master’s Degree in Management from St. Mary’s University. She has taken periodic coursework in law enforcement from St. Mary’s University.

The last five years, Kerstin has been Patrol Director for the Buck Hill Ski Patrol, Burnsville, MN, and has been a member of the Buck Hill Ski Patrol for 20 years.



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Joseph T. Latta

Exec. Dir., Lead Instructor, CPES

Joseph T. Latta is a retired police Lieutenant who served with the City of Burbank Police Department, California for thirty years. Joseph has an Associates Degree in Business Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the California Command College were he conducted a two year research project related to “Management of Property and Evidence Operations.” In 1986, Joseph Latta graduated from the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia...

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During his law enforcement career, Joseph worked in the Uniform Patrol, in the Investigations and in the Support Services components of his agency. From 1981 to 1998 Lieutenant Latta was the project manager who oversaw the construction of a $30 million new Police and Fire Headquarters. During those same years he also served as the Support Services Lieutenant overseeing his agency’s property room.

Mr. Latta is the primary instructor for the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. (IAPE) and conducts classes throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, he previously was on the faculty of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.) instructing on property and evidence operations. Joseph has been associated with the following organizations, i.e. teaching property and evidence management courses: U.S. Secret Service; the U.S. Department of State; New York City Police Department; San Jose State University; Sam Houston State University; Connecticut State Crime Laboratory; New Mexico State Crime Laboratory; California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST); Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Colorado State Patrol; Idaho State Police Academy; New Mexico Municipal League; California Chiefs of Police Association; Montana State Crime Laboratory; Virginia Department of Forensic Science; ROYAL Canadian Mounted Police: North Carolina Actual Innocence Project. During the past 30 years Joseph has instructed more than 15,000 students in the principles of property and evidence management. In November 2014 Mr. Latta achieved a milestone in teaching, when he conducted a class in Maine round out all 50 states and six Provinces in Canada.

In 1997 Mr. Latta was appointed as the Executive Director of IAPE where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association and the servicing of the more than 4,500 members. In 2010, Joseph Latta was asked to become a charter member of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Technical Working Group (TWG) on the Preservation of Biological Evidence. Mr. Latta is one of the co-authors of the NIST/National Institute of Justice (NIJ) “Handbook for the Preservation of Biological Evidence” that was published in April, 2013.

Mr. Latta is also the President of Evidence Control Systems, Inc. (www.evidencecontrolsystems.com) a company that provides property room auditing and consulting services to law enforcement agencies, police facility architects, storage companies, etc. and has written three books on Property and Evidence Management.



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Shawn D. Henderson

Director, Police Sergeant, Property and Evidence Unit, Crime Scene Unit and Patrol, Carrollton Police Department

Shawn has been assigned to Property and Evidence, Five Years, served on Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technician (TAPEIT) Board of Directors and is TAPEIT Basic Certification Class Lead Instructor. His Diverse experience in law enforcement including patrol, police instructor, field training officer, arrest control techniques instructor, Crisis Negotiation Team leader. makes him an excellent board member for the IAPE.

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Professional interests include teaching, writing, property and evidence technology, digital evidence, law and organizational transformation



Past Board Members



William Kiley

William P. Kiley

President Emeritus (Past President, Instructor)

Law Enforcement Experience: 

For three decades Bill Kiley served in the Suffolk County (New York) Police Department as a Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Detective Captain, Deputy Inspector and Deputy Chief. His service included assignments in the Patrol Division, the Detective Division and the Support Services Division as well as serving as his department’s Public Information Officer and an Assistant to the Commissioner of Police. He served as a Regional Expert for the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy – Counter Drug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC), where he represented law enforcement agencies of seven states...

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Military Experience: In addition to his experience at all levels in local law enforcement, Bill Kiley completed almost thirty years of service in the United States Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve retiring at the rank of Colonel. Beginning his career as an enlisted soldier, Kiley attended Officer’s Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He rose through the ranks and commanded at every level from platoon through brigade.

Education: Mr. Kiley has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Sciences from the New York Institute of Technology; a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science Degree in Computers in Education both from Long Island University. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia as well as the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police.

Professional Organizations: Bill Kiley has held positions in numerous law enforcement related organizations including being the President of the New York State and Eastern Canada Chapter of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates. Mr. Kiley served on a Technical Working Group (TWG) hosted by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST); after two years of work, the TWG has published “The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook.”

Since 1995, Mr. Kiley has served as a member of the Board of Directors of IAPE and has served as its President. Bill occasionally instructs in the “Property and Evidence Management” classes, having participated in classes throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009, Bill Kiley was invited to be a guest speaker, representing IAPE, at the International Prosecutors Association conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on the topic of “Mitigating the Risk of Loss of Evidence.”

Bill Kiley has been a professor of Criminal Justice at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also has been a graduate level professor in the Technology in Education.

Mr. Kiley is the President of Kiley Associates, LLC a Long Island, New York consulting company. Additionally, as a senior-consultant with Evidence Control Systems, Inc., Bill Kiley has conducted audits of law enforcement property rooms throughout Canada and the United States.

Publications: Bill Kiley has authored numerous articles, related to property and evidence management, that have been published in professional publications, e.g. IACP Police Chief; FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin; P.E.R.F. Subject to Debate; CALEA Update; and IAPE Evidence Log. Along with IAPE Executive Director Joseph T. Latta, and many other members of a Technical Working Group, Bill co-authored “The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook” which is distributed by NIST.

Gordon Bowers

Gordon A. Bowers

President Emeritus (Past President, Instructor)

Police Chief Gordon A. Bowers (ret.) recently returned to California after “failing retirement” for the third time! His 38 years in law enforcement began as a volunteer Reserve Police Officer, and he progressed through the ranks to Burbank’s Captain of Investigations. For 15 years his responsibilities included departmental Master Planning regardless of his assignment. Bowers also taught personal development and other professional topics for the City of Burbank, Criminal Law for Glendale Community College, and “Law Enforcement Futures” for the Advanced POST class at California State University-Northridge. He received commendations from the California Peace Officers Association for co-authoring California model policies on “Conduct Review” and “Use of Force.” In addition to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Chief Bowers is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, California POST Command College, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

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Bowers retired for the first time in 2004, and then moved to Texas to become Chief of Police for the City of Lakeway in 2005. His tenure as Lakeway Police Chief brought significant changes, including reducing Officer and Dispatcher turnover by more than half, upgrading radios and safety equipment, and improving evaluation processes. He also negotiated an Inter-City Agreement for providing 911 and Dispatch service for a neighboring Police Department, and obtained the Department’s first-ever competitive grant, providing $83,000 for mobile data computers. He retired the second time in 2009.

Gordon is Past President of the International Association for Property and Evidence and has served continuously on their Board of Directors since 1997. For over 10 years he was editor of the IAPE quarterly professional journal: The Evidence Log. Several times a year he assists in instructing their 2-day Property & Evidence class for law enforcement agencies across the country, and last year Gordon’s first co-authored book was published (Property and Evidence – By the Book, 2nd Ed.). His 30+ publication credits include articles in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, The Police Chief, Journal of California Law Enforcement, The Evidence Log, and POST Pacesetter. Gordon recently studied Strategic Foresight at the University of Houston, and he has maintained Rotary membership for over 25 years.

Gordon is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and a Charter Life Member of Police Futurists International. He is a member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, and served as Vice-President of the Capital Area Law Enforcement Executives Association. Other memberships have been as varied as Mensa and the Greater Los Angeles Area Press Photographers Association. He holds a Texas TCLEOSE Master Police Officer Certificate, California POST Advanced and Management Certificates, and Advanced Law Enforcement Planner certification through the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners. Since 1987, “Bowers Consulting” has provided a resource in the areas of policy development, planning, and technical writing, and served as a partner on property and evidence management audits for numerous Police Departments.

“Real” teaching seemed a logical step, and 2011 saw the first of three consecutive semesters as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Austin Community College. Bowers taught courses in Criminal Law, Court Systems, and Introduction to Law Enforcement (his favorite), and was a nominee for ACC’s Teaching Excellence Award. He loved the experience, but family needs took priority, so the third retirement involved leaving ACC, and moving with his wife Susan back to Southern California to be near the vast majority of their family.

Gordon’s wife Susan partners in Bowers Consulting. She is an accomplished professional, with a Bachelor’s degree, a Non-profit Management Certificate, and successful career endeavors varying from international computer software manufacturing to Executive Director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Her recognitions have included a Key to the City of Burbank, and Congressional Woman of the Year. Both Gordon and Susan are deeply involved in community activities and their local church. They have been married for 15 years, and collectively have six grown children (including one who came to them as a teenager), and seven grandchildren. July 2012 marked their transition from the Texas Hill Country with their two rescue Greyhounds to their exciting new life in San Marcos, California.

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Robin Lynn Trench


Our founder and Past-President Robin Trench committed her career to professional property management, and to providing a forum for training sworn and civilian managers, supervisors, and property officers in the fundamentals of property room management.

Robin’s commitment, dedication and knowledge will be greatly missed. Prior to her untimely death, Robin spent a great deal of time preparing and editing the Evidence Log, in addition to preparing the various workbooks, manuals and handouts needed for the training seminars.

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From an interview with Robin in 1993:

"When I first started in property and evidence, a sergeant showed me to an over stuffed room and said: “Here's the manual, good luck”. The manual was ten pages long, written in law enforcement jargon, and contained minimal information on how to operate a property room. It took me weeks to track down laws applied to handling property and then months to understand what they all meant. After about two years I found I knew everything. But it wasn't until nearly five years later that I realized I had finally gotten a grasp on just about every possible variation that might come up. Even now, every once in a while, something new and challenging pops up to see if I'm paying attention to legal details.

In most cases, people hired to handle property and evidence have little actual background in how to accomplish the task. While many law enforcement academies teach how evidence should be collected, very few teach what to do with it afterward. The reason is patrol personnel are usually not required to know how to manage and store property and evidence. Financial transactions of the seventies moved many sworn officers out of property areas and back on patrol. Instead of a police officer with little training, para-professionals (civilians) with no training were given the task.

IAPE offers HOPE. Hope for training and education. IAPE researches questions and provides options for your consideration. Through IAPE members know that they have a resource that will help them. It's like turning on a light in a dark room and finding yourself in a resource library.

For me personally, IAPE is a win-win situation. One can never lose through education and learning. I've found the many professionals I've met to be warm hearted and generous people. They are generous with knowledge, information and very supportive.

I think being part of a professional Association should be exciting. It should be exciting to receive a copy of The Evidence Log, knowing that articles and information are inside that help to make better professionals. It is fun to read something and realize I forgot I knew that. It should be exciting to see old friends at a training event, sharing new concepts and ideas.

About 70 percent of all law enforcement agencies within the United States and Canada are not large enough to justify more than one or two people working the property function. I think it is exciting to facilitate a class where people compare what they have. In almost every case, members leave feeling that things are better than they thought.

I think that learning, education, professionalism, fun and excitement are all important elements that create job success. I believe in the win-win scenario. Our success is in providing training and information to more members.”

Robin’s dream will become reality when every law enforcement property officer in the world has access to a forum of other professionals in the field, and a regular magazine to share the joys and struggles of the profession, as well as regular training opportunities presented at accessible locations.

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