Mice ate the marijuana? Probably not...


Eight Argentine police officers have been dismissed for blaming missing drugs on mice. 4/12/2018 Investigators discovered 540kg (1,191lb) of marijuana missing from a police warehouse in Pilar, north-west of Buenos Aires. The city's former police commissioner, Javier Specia, and fellow officers told a judge the drugs were "eaten by mice". Forensic e...

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Possible change of plea?


Former Vermont State Police trooper may change plea in stolen evidence case February 16th, 2024 The case against a former Vermont state trooper accused of stealing from a police evidence room may be headed to a resolution. In court on Friday, Giancarlo DiGenova's attorney told the judge that he anticipates having a plea agreement to file with the c...

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Evidence Specialist - Lafayette, CO


Salary: $64,396.80 - $77,272.00 Annually Job Requirements: KNOWLEDGE: Office operations including filing, bookkeeping and record keeping; purchasing procedures; some knowledge of the principles and practices of law enforcement and law enforcement equipment.Familiarity with computers to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other sof...

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Program Manager I (Evidence Unit), Grade 23 -Gaithersburg, Maryland


Salary: $69,222.00 - $110,588.00 Annually Job Requirements: This position is responsible for serving as the System Administrator for the Evidence Management System. The components of this system include physical evidence, digital evidence, and laboratory services management. The Evidence system safeguards the integrity of both physical and dig...

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Property Evidence Manager - New Port Richey, Fl


Salary: $64,411.42 Annually Job Requirements: BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university is required. An associate's degree or 60+ hours from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of law enforcement or active military service may be considered in lieu of the BA/BS requirement. HighSchool Diploma and four (4) years of...

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Forensic Genetic Genealogy does it again!


FBI's Genealogy Team IDs Suspect in 1972, 1979 Murders February 9th, 2024 In May 1972, 59-year-old Nellie Hicks, was sexually assaulted and murdered in her Newark, California home. The person responsible for Ms. Hicks' murder and assault was not identified. Seven years later in May 1979, 48-year-old Theresa Pica was sexually assaulted and murdered ...

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Criminal charges are becoming a trend.


Former Dundy County Sheriff facing charges requests case be moved to Lincoln County February 7th, 2024 DUNDY COUNTY, Neb. — The recalled former Dundy County Sheriff charged with stealing a firearm from the sheriff's office has pleaded not guilty as he requests his case be moved out of Dundy County. RECALLED FORMER DUNDY COUNTY SHERIFF CHARGED WITH ...

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It takes money to solve cold cases!


Genetic genealogy is cracking cases once thought unsolvable. Not all police forces can afford to use it February 8th. 2024 Toronto Police have solved 21 cases in past 2 years, thanks to provincial grant As more police forces crack decades-old cold cases with the help of genetic genealogy, Montreal police have yet to have a major breakthrough on a c...

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New Chief doesn't last 30 days!


New Haven Police Department dissolves after new chief resigns amid his concerns about evidence handling February 7th, 2024 On Jan. 8, Police Chief John Hallquist was sworn in. He resigned on Jan. 31. NEW HAVEN, Mo. — The City of New Haven, Missouri, dissolved its police department after the chief suddenly resigned. New Haven is in Franklin County, ...

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Judge visits the property room


Updated: Expert confirms no tampering of Keith Schembri mobile evidence bag after inspection February 2nd, 2024 A court- appointed IT expert has confirmed, during a site visit at the courts of justice's evidence strongroom, that a mobile phone belonging to former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri was in the same state that he had left it in, when h...

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Please keep records when you sell guns.


Oxford County commissioners to ask Gov. Mills to remove sheriff from office February 2nd, 2024 SOUTH PARIS (WGME) -- The Oxford County sheriff is in danger of losing his job. County commissioners say they plan to ask the governor to remove Sheriff Christopher Wainwright from office. As an elected official, he will remain on duty during this process...

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The took how much?


Columbus police officers arrested Thursday tied to case of rogue narcotics detectives February 2nd, 2024 Two Columbus police officers have been arrested in a federal drug investigation where they're accused of stealing cocaine and trying to sell it in a case connected to the previous arrest of two other Columbus officers. A federal grand jury indic...

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Colorado Cold case linked to Las Vegas Cold Case


Westminster police solve 1975 cold case after exhuming suspect's body January 31st, 2024 DENVER (KDVR) — The Westminster Police Department said Wednesday they've solved a murder case from 48 years ago. The case was first reported by a couple riding their motorcycles who found Teree Becker's body on Dec. 6, 1975. According to a release from Westmins...

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Keep checking for old evidence


Las Vegas cold case homicide solved with DNA, earlier victim identified in Colorado  January 31st, 2024 LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More than 30 years after Sherrie Bridgewater's body was found in a Las Vegas apartment, police were able to identify her killer using DNA evidence, detectives announced Wednesday. In May 1991, officers with the Las Vegas M...

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Guilty! Next stop prison.


Former Kentucky officer pleads guilty in connection to drug thefts from evidence room January 20th, 2024 A former Somerset police officer has pleaded guilty in connection with stealing drugs from the evidence room at the police department. Michael Correll, 45, pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to 11 charges of third-degree burglary; four charges of tapering w...

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Property Management Specialist - Council Bluffs, IA


Salary: $23.96/HR with step increases to $30.58/HR (SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS) Job Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with completion of an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement or a related fieldA minimum of two (2) years experience working with a law enforcement agency A minimum of two (2) years experience in a res...

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You threw what in the dumpster?


City issues new policy in wake of police scandalDrug evidence was found disposed in city dumpster December 21st, 2023 The City of Fayette and the Fayette Police Department announced Thursday morning sweeping changes to its policy regarding the destruction of evidence. The changes come in the wake of a scandal within the department after old case ev...

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Never stop trying to solve old cases!


Arrest made in 1980 St. Clair County cold case murder.Detectives cite advancements in DNA testing December 18th, 2023 PORT HURON, Mich. – After more than 40 years, a murder case in St. Clair County might finally be closed. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office said it made an arrest last week in a murder case that has been unsolved since 1980. Dete...

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During a DV investigation cops find stolen firearms.


Former Kentucky FBI agent pleads guilty to federal charges, admits taking guns from storage November 28th, 2023 LEXINGTON, Ky. — A former Central Kentucky FBI agent pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges after he illegally took guns from an FBI storage office, according to court records. Michael Van Aelstyn, 45, pleaded guilty to obstruction of j...

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Silent auction for guns from the property room?


Ellettsville police, Monroe County sheriff's office selling confiscated guns in auction December 21st. 2023 ELLETTSVILLE − Among the 54 guns displayed on long tables at U.S Defense Solutions is a non-functioning 1930s Smith & Wesson top-break pistol, a Mossberg pump-action 12-gauge shotgun and a pair of matching Thompson Center Arms' muzzleload...

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The Lieutenant did what?


Police lieutenant stole drugs from evidence room, New Jersey AG says December 20th, 2023 A lieutenant from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office is being accused of removing narcotics evidence, including cocaine and fentanyl, from storage without lawful authorization and later returning the drugs but in "substantially different" conditions, officia...

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Is $73,000 worth your job?


Former Kensett police chief accused of stealing $73,000 in city funds December 5th, 2023 The former Kensett police chief was arrested Tuesday in the theft of about $73,000 in city funds, the Arkansas State Police said in a news release. John Pollard was arrested on felony charges of theft of property and abuse of office, the release says. At the ti...

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Evidence is not for your personal use!


Former Dundy County Sheriff arrested as part of investigation into firearms missing from sheriff's office December 8th, 2023 DUNDY COUNTY, Neb. — The former Dundy County Sheriff who was recalled from office last month has been arrested on charges related to firearms missing from the sheriff's office. INTERIM SHERIFF TAKES OVER IN DUNDY COUNTY AFTER...

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It is never to late for justice! Indictment in cold case.


Indictment served in double homicide cold case December 8th, 2023 Billye Brown of Abilene has been officially indicted with two counts of murder in the first degree. According to Taylor County Court documents, Brown was indicted Thursday as a suspect in the 1982 murder of his wife and stepdaughter. Grand jurors believe that Brown did "intentionally...

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Missing Evidence Just Doesn't Happen in the U.S.


Keith Schembri's "missing" mobile was still in sealed evidence bag after clerical error, expert testifies 11/20/23 A court expert, appointed to look for exhibits that Keith Schembri's lawyers had claimed to have sinisterly "disappeared," has given a more prosaic explanation as to why they were found amongst exhibits in a related case - someone forg...

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Property and Evidence Technicians finally receiving some long overdue recognition!


Lubbock Texas employee awarded property and evidence technician of the year November 13th, 2023 LUBBOCK, Texas – Amanda Evans, an intake and release manager with the Lubbock Police Department was named the Property and Evidence Technician of the Year throughout the entire state of Texas on Tuesday. Evans received this award at the annual Texas Asso...

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A comprehensive audit provides a path to fixing problems.


Progress continues in Santa Fe police evidence room, but annual audits and policy overhauls lacking Ocotber 25th, 2023 Santa Fe police officials and Mayor Alan Webber say the city police department has cleaned up its evidence handling procedures and has invested in improvements following a scathing report in January 2020 that found a lack of proper...

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Was it never collected, lost, or never turned in?


Anaheim detective testifies to mishandling now-missing video evidence in murder trial October 25th, 2023 An Anaheim police investigator has admitted to mishandling surveillance footage that allegedly shows a suspect fleeing the scene of a fatal 2015 stabbing, prompting the defendant in the murder case to ask that the charges be dismissed. The surve...

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If you steal drugs, don't sell them to an informant!


Inglewood Police Officer Sold Cocaine Taken from Evidence Locker October 16th, 2023 A former police officer who allegedly stole drugs out of the evidence lock-up and sold them to an informant is expected to accept a plea deal in lieu of a hefty prison sentence. A former member of the Inglewood Police Department is expected to plead guilty to drug d...

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Missing/Corrupted evidence! Where is yours being stored?


Bibb County investigators lost and damaged evidence in Macon murder case, judge says October 3rd, 2023 A superior court judge ruled Tuesday that the Bibb County district attorney's office and sheriff's office mishandled evidence and acted in bad faith in a murder case set to go to trial this month. Investigators lost text messages and a doorbell vi...

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Forensic Genealogy helps identify a victim!


Orange County Sheriff's Office identifies woman in 1990 cold case murder September 28th, 2023 HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Orange County Sheriff's Office identified an unknown woman decades after her murder in 1990. Using new technology and forensic genealogy, investigators identified a woman found by road crews 33 years ago. Experts believe som...

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Just do it right the first time!


Audit of Wichita Police Department finds no missing, mishandled evidence Enter Article September 21st, 2023 A property and evidence audit of the Wichita Police Department found that no evidence handled by the department was missing or inappropriately reviewed or recorded. The process lasted about a year and was overseen by external auditor Kristina...

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Poor Record Keeping Can Hurt Your Reputation


Philadelphia Sheriff's Office can't account for nearly 200 guns, city controller says September 21st, 2023 PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Sheriff's Office can't account for nearly 200 guns, despite statements the sheriff made suggesting that her office had not misplaced any weapons, according to a new report released by the City Controller. The 18...

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Turn in all drugs given to you by a private citizen


Ex-cop sentenced on drug charges September 17th, 2023 A former Ironton police office was sentenced to one year in prison on Wednesday on drug charges. Bradley Spoljaric, 30, who pleaded guilty on the drug charges, was also fined $100. He may file for judicial release after 30 days. Spoljaric was arrested on July 27, 2022, after an investigation by ...

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Ex-Chief "accidently" takes home $18,000 from the evidence room


Former Kentucky police chief accused in $25,000 theft going to jail in federal case September 15th, 2023 A former Kentucky police chief was sentenced Friday to five months behind bars after being accused of stealing more than $25,000. Jason D. Cross, who was police chief in Columbia, took the money between February 2020 and February 2021, according...

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Washington Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Shrinking


Sexual Assault Kits Backlogs On Track To Be Cleared By The WA Crime Lab In The Next 3 Months September 11th, 2023 The Washington State Crime Lab reports that by the end of the year, scientists should be able to completely clear out massive backlogs of sexual assault kits that have been sitting on evidence shelves for decades. According to Fox 13 Se...

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Another cold case solved by a familial DNA match


Arrest in 1994 cold case killing of woman found slain in her Springfield home September 11th, 2023 A suspect has been arrested in the murder of a Virginia woman dating back almost three decades, detectives in Northern Virginia announced Monday. The victim, Robin Lawrence, 37, was found stabbed to death in her home on Reseca Lane in Springfield on N...

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Victims in 40 states can track their sexual assault kits


Sexual assault survivors can now track their rape kits in most states September 9th, 2023 It can take hours for a sexual assault victim to undergo the multiple swabs, hair samples, blood and urine collections, and other invasive procedures of a sexual assault examination. And then it can take months, sometimes years, for investigators to process th...

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Have you tested all of your sexual assault kits?


Audit finds Sacramento Police Department has backlog of untested rape kits September 6th, 2023 An audit found the Sacramento Police Department has failed to comply with a rape kit law more than four years after a state deadline. The department only began work to belatedly follow the state law after the City Auditor's Office identified the issue ear...

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Why does it almost always take a scandal to make changes?


Former Deputy Admits to Evidence Tampering September 6th, 2023 It's 20 years in prison for a former Leake County sheriff's deputy who was arrested last year in an evidence tampering investigation that led to dozens of drug cases being dismissed. Justin Moore admitted his guilt in court yesterday. He had been indicted on 31 counts of evidence tamper...

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Guilty! Drug seizure money doesn't go in your sock.


Former Bridgeport cop gets suspended term for stealing money at drug bust August 30th, 2023 BRIDGEPORT — A veteran city police officer received a suspended sentence Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to taking money from a 2021 drug raid. Christopher Martin had served 21 years as a city police officer before resigning shortly after his arrest. "I ap...

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It is all smiles until you get caught!


Rau charged in missing and tampered evidence case August 31st, 2023 Tillamook Police Chief Raymond Rau was charged with four misdemeanors on August 30, relating to the Oregon State Police and Department of Justice investigation into missing and tampered evidence at the Tillamook Police Department's property room. Rau was charged with two counts of ...

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Stealing guns and accused of being in a gang..you can't make this stuff up!


Former Rocky Ford police officer arrested for stealing evidence, accused of being in a gang August 24th, 2023 ROCKY FORD, Colo. (KRDO) - A former Rocky Ford Police Officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing guns and prescription drugs from cases where he worked. Now, his romantic partner is accusing him of being part of a gang. In June 202...

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Property and Evidence Standards for Ohio


Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board August 8th, 202 Attention Ohio Agencies...The Ohio Collaborative Community Police Advisory Board recently released their policy statement for establishing standards for Property and Evidence Rooms. The IAPE standards available to IAPE Members is a great place to start when writing your policy. The ...

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Backed logged rape kits - What are you doing with them?


Verify: How often does evidence from rape kits lead to criminal charges? August 18th, 2023 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sexual assault evidence collection kits are used to recover DNA from a victim after an assault in the hopes it will lead to an arrest. But how often does this evidence actually result in criminal charges? North Carolina is currently working ...

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Genetic Genealogy identifies victim from 1997


Sheriff's office identifies Flagler Beach cold case murder victim as investigation continues August 17th, 2023 Robert Bruce McPhail's body was found bound, shot and stabbed in the Intracoastal Waterway. A cold case is one step closer to being solved now that the body of a man found in the Intracoastal before the turn of the century has been identif...

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It is not just in the United States - Stolen Evidence


FLAK OF EVIDENCE Cops under fire after crime scene items including cash and drugs mysteriously vanish CRIME scene items seized by cops, including cash and drugs, have mysteriously vanished. Jewelry, forensic samples, phones, CCTV clips and clothing are also among the missing potential evidence. They are meant to be safe in case they are r...

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Put that back, it's not yours!


Alberta RCMP officer previously charged with assault now accused of stealing TV, wallet from evidence room August 16th, 2023 A Red Deer RCMP officer is accused of stealing a television and wallet which had been seized as exhibits by police at the Blackfalds detachment, court documents reveal. Earlier this week, RCMP announced Cpl. Brandon Will...

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Former Bullitt Co. chief deputy arrested for stealing, defacing firearm


The 2017 indictment stems from Cottrell stealing drugs from the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office August 14, 2023 A former Bullitt County Sheriff's Office chief deputy has again been arrested. John Cottrell, 54, was charged with receiving stolen property (firearm) and possession of a defaced firearm. He was arrested Wednesday at UPS Worldport in Loui...

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Former Greensburg police chief waives theft, tampering charges for court


County district attorney said an audit of the evidence room found that a backpack containing suspected steroids and psilocybin mushrooms was missing. August 12, 2023 Former Greensburg police chief waives theft, tampering charges for court Former Greensburg police chief waives theft, tampering charges for court Former Greensburg Police Chief Shawn D...

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IAPE Class FAQ

  • Do I have to be a member in order to attend a class? +

    Yes, the cost of a class for a non-member includes a one-year membership to IAPE and all benefits included. You can find more information on what the Property and Evidence Training Class entails or to see our latest schedule and register online.
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    IAPE generally offers about 25 – 30 classes each year throughout the United States and Canada. Check back often, as we add classes throughout the year. If you would like to request a class in your area, or for your department, please contact us. Be sure to add your name to our email list to be kept informed of new classes and changes.
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    Contact us to discuss the possibility of adding a class for your city/area or department. We can also offer onsite classes exclusively for an agency or department, based on a minimum number of attendees.
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