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The Evidence Log is a quarterly ONLINE publication, free, exclusively to members of IAPE. This unique resource was established to further the education, training, and professional growth of property and evidence personnel.

Practitioners write articles in law enforcement or related fields. The editors of this publication strive to provide the most current information, resources, and news on evidence and property room management practices.

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  • The Storage of Handguns

    By Steve Berdrow - In my 25 plus years in law enforcement, I have seen many different ways of storing hand guns for evidence purposes. Because of their various sizes and shapes, it is difficult to find one system that works well for all.

    Our primary consideration is to protect the evidentiary value of the weapon. This means protecting it from incidental damage during storage, and storing it where it can be found when needed...

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  • Storing Odd Shaped Items of Evidence

    By Steve Berdrow - At the Burbank Police Department, our Property Section had a problem storing certain oddly shaped items, such as baseball bats, steering wheel locks, hockey sticks, bolt cutters, etceteras, ad infinitum. We would stack them up in a comer, or put them in a barrel, but trying to find a specific item was very difficult...

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  • Evidence Depository Lockers

    By Steve Berdrow - This article will present some thoughts regarding evidence depository lockers that we developed during the design development phase of our new police building. These ideas came from numerous site visits as well as our own experience...

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  • Property Room Design

    By Steve Berdrow - In this edition of the Design Comer we will take a look at some considerations to keep in mind when designing a Property Room, whether from scratch or a remodel.

    It is recommended that the Property Section be housed in the main police station because of security and employee safety concerns. This is not to say that remote storage facilities...

  • Storing Small Items of Evidence

    By Steve Berdrow -The majority of items of evidence that come into a police department's property room are small, but in spite of their small size, their number gives them a tremendous impact on storage needs. There are probably as many different ways of storing them...

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