(b) MPR/CID Sequence Number.
The expanded sequence number.
(c) Item Number. The number of the item in a specific investigation
along with the total number in that group of items. Example: 1 of 5 .
(d) Date, Time, and Initials. This is the date and time evidence was
actually seized and the initials of the investigator obtaining the items.
(3) When one container holding numerous items is used, only one attached
evidence tag is required. This same listing must agree with that placed on the
evidence/property custody document.
(4) The value of an article is never estimated or listed. Neither is
the type of metal or stone in the case of jewelry named. These and similar
items should be listed only as to their color, size, and shape.
have had custody of the evidence from its initial acquisition until its final
disposition. A record of the chain of custody is kept on the Evidence/Property
Custody Document (DA Form 4137).
The appropriate change of Custody sequence
must be completed each time there is a custody change. Each person records the
date and purpose for the change of custody.
(1) All physical evidence, regardless of how obtained, will be recorded
on the evidence/property custody document.
(2) This form will normally be prepared in an original and three copies.
Entries should be typed or printed legibly in ink.
(3) The original and two copies of the evidence/property custody
document are given to the custodian with the evidence. He returns the second
copy to the investigator who submitted the evidence. This copy is then placed
in the case folder.
The third, and last copy, is used as a receipt when
evidence is received from a person.
(4) The evidence/property custody document is for multiple use.
addition, the form provides documentation for authority for final disposition
of evidence. The form also records witnesses of destruction. A completed DA
Form 4137 is at Figure 7-2 in Lesson 7.
8. Evaluation of Evidence. Evaluation involves the determining of the actual
worth or value of evidence to an investigation . Each item of evidence must be
evaluated in relation to all others, both physical and testimonial.
determination is made on the effect this evidence will have on the overall