Quarterly inventories are held by the custodian and a disinterested officer
appointed for that purpose. The disinterested office must not be a current member
Change of custodian inventories are conducted by the incoming and outgoing primary
This is a joint physical inventory of all the evidence in the
All evidence records are examined to ensure proper documentation and
All discrepancies will be resolved prior to the transfer of
Inquiry inventories are held in cases of lost evidence or break-ins at the
depository. This requires an inventory be conducted by an assigned individual in
Inspections are conducted on a monthly basis by the commander, provost marshal,
security officer, or SAC who exercises direct supervision over the evidence
All evidence is stored so that integrity and physical characteristics are
Large items such as vehicles may be kept in an impoundment lot or
another reasonably secure place.
Evidence may be removed from the evidence room only for permanent disposal or
temporary release for specific reasons. Some of the most common reasons include--
Transmittal to the crime lab.
Presentation in court.
Any person receiving evidence must safeguard it and maintain the chain of custody
until it is returned to the evidence custodian.
Personnel who take custody of
evidence are required to present identification. This is necessary to ensure that
evidence is only handled by authorized persons.
AR 195-5 provides detailed guidance on the handling of evidence.
It will be
available at your station for reference.
Preparing Forms. The proper preparation of forms is an important part of preparing
evidence for submission to the crime investigation laboratory.
There are nine
steps to follow:
Step 1. DA Form 3655 (Crime Lab Examination Request) is completed in an original
and two copies.