Model Policy Materials: Evidence Retention, Disposition, and/or Removal
End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), 2015
This document was created to provide law enforcement guidance when developing policies and procedures for the retention, disposition, and/or removal of evidence. While law enforcement agencies typically have appropriate policies and procedures for evidence in general, most do not specifically address the types of evidence often found in a sexual assault case. This document also addresses evidence retention guidelines for sexual assault cases that are unfounded, either because they are determined to be false or baseless, as well as those cases that are recorded as an informational report rather than a crime report. Particularly detailed guidance is provided on the policies and procedures for storing biological evidence. The document provides specific text that can be adapted for use by agencies when crafting policies and procedures, as well as instructional commentary and supplemental materials. It can therefore be used as an educational tool to assist in the development of training materials and performance evaluations.