(2) You could fail to preserve evidence in its original condition as
nearly as possible.
(3) You could fail to record the date, location, description, and
condition of evidence at the time it was found. You could fail to record facts
(4) You could fail to mark and tag evidence when it was first found.
This would later cause you to be unable to identify it in court.
(5) You could fail to pack small objects such as hairs, fiber, or dust
particles in suitable envelopes or boxes.
(6) You may use dirty packing material, boxes, or glass containers,
thereby permitting evidence to become contaminated.
11. Summary. You must be thorough, painstaking, and systematic in your methods
of processing. You must be so to attain success in recognizing and collecting
pertinent facts and items of evidence.
Such success requires careful and
detailed notes and sketches.
It requires, also, using correct procedures in
taking photos of the scene.
It demands taking written statements and
transcribing statements of witnesses, suspects, and victim(s).
You must be
skilled at carefully identifying, marking, and preserving collected objects of
value as evidence. Every person and item found at the scene must be considered
as possible sources of information or of value as evidence. To be able to use
information for the investigation, you later must be able to present it in a
precise, logical way. In addition, you must meet certain legal requirements.
These pertain to ways of obtaining, preserving, and presenting information and
material likely to be used in a court-martial.