b. Each person handling or processing evidence must preserve the integrity of every item. This
means that sealed containers must not be opened, not even to inventory the contents. Accountability is
most important. It begins from the moment evidence is received until it is disposed of.
c. DA Form 4002 must be attached to each item of evidence. If the evidence is inside a
container, the container is tagged. Similar items can be grouped together and tagged as one piece of
evidence. For example, a box of tools may have just one tag on the tool box. Each tagged item must
then be recorded on DA Form 4137.
d. The Evidence/Property Tag, DA Form 4002, is prepared in a single copy. It stays attached to
the property until the property is released or disposed of. The tag is then destroyed.
e. Physical evidence and its paperwork should be released to the evidence custodian as soon as
possible. It is normal to release the evidence not later than the first working day after receiving it.
Evidence that is temporarily stored will be controlled by the duty special agent, MPI duty investigator,
or the MP desk sergeant.
f. This concludes Lesson 2, which covers the DA Form 3975, the Military Police Report, and
forms used by the MP patrols and desk personnel to complete MP reports. Review the MPR for
complete information. When it is used as a forwarding document, ensure all appropriate forms are