address it to the laboratory with an attention line to the specific division (document, fingerprint, firearm). Tape
this sealed envelope securely to the box or envelope containing the evidence. Then wrap the box in heavy paper
or seal the envelope inside another envelope.
Label packages containing items of evidence that require careful or selective handling while in transit
"Corrosive," "Fragile," "Keep Away From Fire," or "Keep Cool," as appropriate. And keep in mind that
evidence needing refrigeration can be damaged or destroyed if left unattended in a post office over a weekend.
The way you transmit evidence to the crime labs depends on the type of evidence and the urgency of need
for the results. Evidence may be hand carried to the lab or sent by first class, registered mail. It may also be
transported by government carrier. Federal laws prohibit transmitting certain types of merchandise through postal
channels. If there is any question on mailing, consult the nearest postmaster.
* Requirements for the transmittal of biological fluids such as blood are found in 42 CFR (Codes of Federal
Regulation) part 72.2. If there is any question on mailing and packaging of biological fluids, consult with
personnel in the Evidence Processing Section at USACIL.
Chemicals, gases, unexploded bombs, detonators, fuses, blasting caps, and other explosive or flammable
materials cannot be sent by mail. Transmittal of these items of evidence must conform to the provisions of AR
55-355, Interstate Commerce Commission regulations, and appropriate State and municipal ordinances. Before
these items are forwarded, you must notify the laboratory that the shipment is planned and the lab must
acknowledge receipt of notification. In your notification give details of how the materials are packed. This will
reduce the danger involved in unpacking these items at the laboratory.
Figure 2-6 depicts an example of a completed DA Form 4002. See Figure 2-6.
Figure 2-7 depicts a completed DA Form 4137 (Front). See Figure 2-7.
Figure 2-8 depicts a completed DA Form 4137 (Back). See Figure 2-8.
Figure 2-9 depicts an example of how to properly wrap and package evidence to be sent to USACIL. See Figure
Figure 2-10 depicts an example of a completed DA Form 3655 (Front). See Figure 2-10.
Figure 2-11 depicts an example of a completed DA Form 3655 (Back). See Figure 2-11.