then the object is secured and processed as evidence. Later evaluation will
determine the worth of such evidence to the investigation.
7. Recording and Accountability of Evidence. Physical evidence found during
an investigation must be preserved in the same condition as when found or
received as nearly as possible.
a. Several actions make the preservation and handling of evidence easier.
Small or fragile evidence is placed in clean containers, such as envelopes,
bottles, or pillboxes, and sealed.
Sealing prevents loss through leakage or
seepage and prevents contamination. Bulkier items are removed "as is."
b. Evidence will be permanently marked immediately upon assumption of
custody. The person who assumes custody of the evidence will mark the time of
evidence with their initials and the time and date of acquisition.
consideration should be taken if marking will lessen or destroy evidentiary
value, marking will lessen or destroy monetary value, or if the item is too
small. If the item of evidence is not marked, it will be placed in a suitable
container. The container will be marked in such a manner to cross all seals
with signature or initials, time and date and MPR/case number.
c. Evidence/Property Tag (DA Form 4002). The evidence/property tag will
be affixed to each separate item of physical evidence.
This is for
identification and control purposes.
When heat seal bags are used, the 4002
will be attached to the outside of the bag for identification markings. (See