Evidence Collection, Control, and Storage 1.0

Evidence Collection, Control, and Storage 1.0 

Law enforcement officers, as part of their regular responsibilities, gain possession of types of evidence that vary widely by their very nature. Evidence may include a priceless work of art, the murder victim’s clothing, or even biohazardous materials. Such items of evidence must be held by law enforcement agencies under strict legal constraints and under the control and safekeeping of an evidence custodian from the beginning through the final disposition of the case. Collecting, storing, safekeeping, and managing evidence are serious responsibilities for all officers in any agency, not to mention, the evidence custodian. The failure of agencies to establish effective and efficient systems to gather, manage, and secure evidence has led to civil and criminal charges against officers. Additionally, not maintaining evidence correctly cripples the ability of the criminal justice system to successfully prosecute offenders.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course Evidence Collection, Control, and Storage 1.0, 10397-0171 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.00 hours of continuing education.

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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-ECCS
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify the legal considerations when gathering evidence. (Search Warrants, Continuity of Evidence, Custody and Disposition of Evidence, Records Maintenance.
Recognize the duties and responsibilities when arriving on the scene of a crime to include preservation, control, and containment of a crime scene.
Choose the proper use and development of evidence tags.
Identify proper methods for evidence storage to include the differences in using plastic vs. paper bags and storage of bulk evidence items.
Recognize the proper containment of biohazardous materials.

Evidence Collection, Control and Storage Course Instructions Section 1: Introduction A. OSS - Law Enforcement Advisors® B. About This Course C. About This Course D. Learning Objectives Section 2: Legal Considerations A. Search Warrants B. Search Warrants – Exceptions C. Search Warrants - Exceptions D. Continuity of Evidence E. Custody and Disposition F. Custody and Disposition G. Custody and Disposition H. Records Maintenance I. An Interesting Fact J. Legal Considerations Section 3: Intake of Evidence A. Officer Duties - Arrival at a Crime Scene B. Preservation and Protection of the Crime Scene C. Preservation and Protection of the Crime Scene D. The Crime Scene Log E. Intake of Evidence F. The Evidence Room G. Chain of Custody H. Evidence Tags I. An Interesting Fact J. Evidence Tags and Systems K. Evidence Tags and Systems L. Evidence Tags and Systems M. Evidence Tags and Systems N. Evidence Tags and Systems O. A Guiding Light for Evidence Collection P. An Interesting Fact Q. Intake of Evidence Section 4: Evidence Packaging and Storage A. Evidence Packaging and Storage B. Evidence Bags C. Limitations on Paper D. Overcoming Paper E. Bulk Evidence Storage F. High-Value Evidence G. Evidence Putrefaction H. Evidence Putrefaction I. Bar Codes J. An Interesting Fact K. Evidence Packaging and Storing Section 5: Biohazardous Materials A. Biohazardous Materials B. Biohazardous Materials C. Hypodermic Needles D. An Interesting Fact E. Biohazardous Materials Section 6: Chemical and Other Hazardous Wastes A. Chemical and Other Hazardous Wastes B. Chemical and Other Hazardous Wastes C. An Interesting Fact D. Chemical and Other Hazardous Wastes Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. References C. Congratulations

Instructor: David Lee Salmon II, BS
David Lee Salmon has a BS in Criminal Justice from San Houston State University, Texas. David's background includes being a Law Enforcement and Jail Risk Manager, as well as having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. He currently is the OSS Academy Training Coordinator, based in Texas, providing Law Enforcement and Corrections staff with online training. David also serves as the Vice-President of the OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, which provides risk management services, expert witness services, training programs, and law enforcement management tools. Disclosure: David Lee Salmon II, BS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Law Enforcement.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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