Evidence Prioritization and Submission to the Laboratory
To better leverage strained resources, agencies and laboratories establish prioritization processes. It is not feasible to expect a SWAT team to respond to burglaries or prosecutors to take every case to full trial. Similarly, it is not feasible to expect every piece of evidence in every case to receive full forensic analysis.
A proper evidence label includes a notation of the item's priority or importance. This will aid investigators in determining which exhibits to send to the laboratory first.
When submitting evidence to the laboratory, it is beneficial to include a narrative or a copy of the police report. Including a police report with submitted evidence helps laboratory staff to understand the crime and the scene, and properly prioritize the submitted items.
Additional Online Courses
- What Every First Responding Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes
- DNA – A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook
- Crime Scene and DNA Basics
- Laboratory Safety Programs
- DNA Amplification
- Population Genetics and Statistics
- Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA
- Firearms Examiner Training
- Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decisionmakers
- What Every Investigator and Evidence Technician Should Know About DNA Evidence
- Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court
- Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert
- Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues
- DNA Extraction and Quantitation
- STR Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Communication Skills, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony
- Español for Law Enforcement
- Amplified DNA Product Separation for Forensic Analysts