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<br />SURPRISE POLICE DEPARTMENT <br /> <br />PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE SECTION OPS-01 <br /> <br />DATE DATE REVISE CALEA STANDARDS PAGE <br />ISSUED EFFECTIVE DATE MET <br />1 of 3 <br />08-01-02 06-29-09 YES <br />08-01-02 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />I. PURPOSE <br /> <br />The purpose of this directive is to establish policy, procedures and minimum <br />guidelines for the identification, documentation, control and disposition of <br />physical evidence and non-evidentiary property (other than abandoned vehicles) <br />collected by the Surprise Police Department. <br /> <br />II. POLICY <br /> <br />The policy of the Surprise Police Department is: <br /> <br />A. To collect, receive, preserve, transport, store and dispose of physical <br />evidence and non-evidentiary property in a standard and consistent <br />manner. <br />B. To properly identify, package and promptly deliver evidence/property to a <br />departmental receiving/storage area or other appropriate facility. <br />C. To obtain a detailed inventory reflecting receipt when evidence/property is <br />turned over to other agencies. <br />D. In cases of seizures with or without warrants, to ensure a return of all <br />instruments, articles or items seized, or detailed inventory of such, before <br />the court of applicable jurisdiction, the submitting officer(s)/ case <br />detective(s) shall supply the property custodian with all necessary <br />information regarding disposition of cases and property, which is not to be <br />retained. Information shall be obtained by the Property Custodian. <br />E. When practical, to provide a receipt describing the evidence seized or <br />property received and to identify the seizing or receiving officer(s) to the <br />person from whom the property was taken. <br /> <br />III. RESPONSIBILITIES <br /> <br />A. Officers will not solicit, accept or retain for their personal use any <br />evidence or non-evidentiary property. Evidence or property, which <br />is to be used for Department needs, will be obtained through court <br />order or other legal means. <br />B. Evidence Technician/Custodian Personnel will check incoming <br />evidence/property for proper marking and packaging, maintain <br />security of the evidence/property in Department custody, initiate <br />and maintain required records and files and dispose of <br />evidence/property in accordance with this or related directives. <br />C. Officers are responsible for the security of evidence/property in <br />their possession. Each item to be impounded will be numbered, <br />marked for identification with as little defacement, or mutilation as <br />possible, and described in detail on the property receipt. A police <br />report will be filed with the appropriate evidence information <br />contained within the report. <br /> <br />