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Law Enforcement's Guide to Barcoding Evidence & Assets
Law Enforcement's Guide to Barcoding Evidence & Assets

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Black & blue? No more evidence bruises! Blue is on the move tracking their evidence and assets with a new amazing tool! The PMI Evidence Tracker is a robust & sound system neatly wrapped up with a beautiful barcoded bow! There is so much involved these days with evidence, from collection to processing, trial to destruction that 3-inch-thick single line log books don't just cut it. Even simple database spreadsheets aren't enough! Federal, state & local rules of evidence are constantly changing in the way evidence is presented, be it in electronic or physical formats, but what never changes are the pre-trial attempts to exclude evidence (motions), the (post-trial) appeals to overturn convictions because if it & the logistics in laying the foundation to present it, whether it be attacking the evidence itself, the processing of it or the character of the officer tasked with introducing it. Regardless, in this day & age of technology, so many of these issues can be avoided for little to no money, especially if you or your department are willing &/or interested in obtaining available state and federal grants. PMI developed its barcoding system in 2001 with the assistance of Evendale Police Department. PMI has been in the barcoding technology industry for almost 40 years and after several requests from multiple agencies, the concept became a reality. Over the last 15 years PMI has been enhancing and perfecting its product. You can find it in the smallest agencies around the world, as well as, some of the larger departments, who all were looking for a simple to use, easy to train & install product that would do the job and not create such a major shift in their process that no one would want to bother learning to use it. PMI has not just created a solid, yet powerful product, they have now perfected it, so whether your agency has a simple application or are more interested in integrating with RMS/CAD systems, PMI offers a variety of extremely affordable packages to match your need. Additionally, PMI is committed to investing in your agency's future, so they don't just sell you a software program, they assist you in creating, installing & implementing a complete system. They have an expert staff that are capable of assisting any agency with a full overhaul of their policies and procedure or helping those who just wish to step into the modern age by computerizing their evidence process. "There is so much more than just installing a computer program," says Aimée Alex Riggsby, an evidence consultant and a lawyer (don't hold it against her). Evidence is more than a smoking gun or a few pictures these days. It encompasses electronic evidence, a new area that even the legal system is trying to keep up with, but it also includes policies and procedures for collecting evidence, processing it, using it for trial, for the small percentage that actually does go to trial and eventually destruction. It also includes maintenance. In many jurisdictions these days, evidence associated with any classification of murder is required to be help for 99 years or more, so now agencies have an issue with storage. Then again, it's not just about having a physical location and enough space to store this evidence, after 99 years, you may have a few officers come and go, so how do you handle keeping solid, trustworthy books? The best answer? An evidence tracking system, like the PMI Evidence Tracker. They have an extremely competent program with reliable hardware and media, but more importantly, they have an excellent understanding of all areas of evidence, so they can help your agency not just install a computer program, but also setup policies and procedures that will help keep your agency ahead of the curve and avoid any potential black eyes. Two hundred years ago, wearing gloves at a crime scene was a more social attire, but today, it's social, political & employment suicide if you're not wearing them.

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Great Resource for USSC cases "involving the Federal Rules of Evidence or the Constitution or relating to evidence issues." Check out their over 130 key cases decided by the United States Supreme Court. 

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