Step 2. The original and one copy of the DA Form 3655 accompany the evidence to
the laboratory. The other copy is maintained in the investigative case file.
Each item of evidence should be wrapped separately.
Step 4. Each item should be labeled to correspond with entries on DA Form 3655 and
packed securely in a box. Documentary evidence may be placed in an envelope (or a
series of envelopes which are in turn placed in another envelope).
The box or envelope containing the evidence is sealed with tape or glue.
Step 6. The two copies of DA Form 3655 and the original evidence custody document
are placed in an envelope, sealed and addressed to the laboratory with an attention
line to the specific division (like document, fingerprint, or firearm division).
Step 7. The sealed envelope is securely taped to the box or envelope containing
Step 8. The box containing the evidence is wrapped in heavy paper.
envelope containing the evidence is sealed inside another envelope.
container is sent via first class, registered mail, express channels, or is hand
carried to the laboratory. If postal or express channels are used, the evidence is
accompanied by a request for a return receipt from the laboratory (Postal Form
Step 9. The sender should place his initials or signature across the sealed flap
of the inner envelope or across the paper tape used to seal the inner box. Then he
should cover his initials or signature with transparent tape.
See Figure 2-15 for a copy of DA Form 3655.
Wrapping and Packaging Evidence.
All evidence to be shipped to the crime
laboratory must be packaged with care.
In packaging, you want to avoid any
shifting or friction which would lead to leaking or breaking of the contents.
Items particularly susceptible to breaking, marring, or to other destructive
changes should be packed in cotton or soft paper. Fragile items include--
Evidence in glass containers.
Impressions or casts.
Bullets or cartridge cases.