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NCJ Number: 135612 Find in a Library
Title: Handling and Processing Narcotics Evidence
Author(s): B J Anno
Corporate Author: Institute for Law and Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Law and Justice
Alexandria, VA 22314
International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Arlington, VA 22201
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This training manual explains the specific procedures that police investigators, patrol officers, laboratory chemists, and evidence processors should use to handle, process, store, and manage narcotics evidence to reduce opportunities for corruption and ensure the admissibility of the evidence in court.
Abstract: The central legal issue in the admissibility of narcotics evidence in court is the collecting officer's ability to recognize the evidence as the same that was obtained from the defendant or the crime scene. This is possible only if the evidence is properly collected, marked, handled, and stored. The proper collection and management procedures include using the proper packaging materials and procedures, labeling evidence containers properly, taking appropriate safety precautions, and ensuring the evidence chain of custody. Endnotes, multiple-choice questions and answers, and brief description of a policy discussion paper on evidence control
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Evidence collection
Index Term(s): Chain of custody; Controlled Substances; Evidence preservation; Police policies and procedures
Note: Training Key No. 420
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