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What Every Law Enforcement Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence

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Store & Transport

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Transportation and Storage

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(see reuse policy).
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (see reuse policy).

Direct sunlight and warmer conditions may degrade DNA. Avoid storing evidence in places that may get hot, such as the trunk of a police car. To best preserve DNA evidence, store in a cold environment.

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