Chain of Custody

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Chain of Custody: 

Because of the critical nature of evidence, it is crucial that its continuity be preserved and documented. A chain of custody, also referred to as a chain of evidence, must be produced to show how the gathered evidence went from the crime scene to the courtroom. Policies and procedures dealing with the management of evidence must be followed. Evidence management starts at the crime scene. When a crime scene is being processed, each piece of evidence must be sealed inside an evidence bag that has two-sided tape that allows it to be sealed shut. Each evidence bag must be tagged identifying the evidence and be marked with a case number, the date and time the evidence was secured, the name of the investigator who discovered the evidence, and the name or badge number of the person who obtained the evidence. An evidence log should also be created.

Information contained in the log should include…

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