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Operations and Best Practices

Systematic evidence storage duties are often assigned with little or no functional training.  The involved transactional procedures require efforts uncommon to other business type storage facilities. This one or two-day best practice seminar is designed for managing a professional evidence storage operation. Criminal prosecution efforts combined with an agency’s public reputation and simultaneously the careers of its Chief/Sheriff downwards to assigned custodians have repeatedly been irreparably damaged for failing to continuously and appropriately manage this assignment.

October 21-22, 2021

November 4-5, 2021

November 17-18, 2021

December 2-3, 2021

December 9-10, 2021

December 14-15, 2021

Spring 2022

Fall 2022

Norman, OK

Marysville, WA

Lawrence, IN

South Jordan, UT

Glenview, IL

Peoria, IL

Urbana, IL

Johnston, IA

Norman Police Department Investigations Center

Marysville Police Department

Lawrence Police Department


South Jordan Police Department

Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy

Peoria Police Department

Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Comments from attendees:

"Very informative and wanted to be sure he covered the things that all class members were at the class to find out! Engaging and knowledgable instructor who make class entertaining as well as applicable to everyday evidence issues. Resources given are very helpful!"

Evid. Custodian Tess Howard, Iowa State University Public Safety

"Super knowledgable and passionate. Loved personal stories he shared and methods he has learned over the years. As a new evidence technician it was perfect to learn from. Ofc. Zach Nelson, Pella (IA) PD 

"Outstanding class! Best I've attended to date. Extremely knowledgable, friendly and helpful answering everyone's questions. Recommended to veteran and new evidence custodian professionals." CSO Joshua Dennis, Oak Park (IL) PD


"Excellent instructor with decades of experience and great communication skills. This enable him to show the practical application of the materials presented."  Evidence Property Custodian Nancy Rodarte, Aurora (IL) PD

"Very knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to help. Thank you!  The strongest feature was answering questions in a way to understand it easily."

Sgt. Rebecca Bragg, Mahomet (IL) PD


"Many years of experience. All the stories had value - whether it was just interesting or a lesson learned."

Evid. Custodian Gayle Young, Crystal Lake (IL) PD

"Helped me learn little safety issues that we wouldn't think about...learning industry standards. Tips and tricks from a veteran evidence guy."

Evid. Tech. Kelly Thatcher, Ogden City (UT) PD

"Great advice and future resource. Willing to discuss new ideas. Flexibility with procedures/methods/ Lots of options."

Evid. Clerk Crystal Oldewage, Grantsville City (UT) PD


"Great instructor. very knowledgeable and helpful. Infor provided was presented clearly/ Very helpful materials provided. Great examples given to explain points."

Evid. Tech. Priscilla Ipina, Bountiful (UT) PD

"Instructor delivered great examples with lots of valuable information. Personality and presentation is genuine and I learned a lot. Lots of stories with "how to" handle situations. Sandy Burkett, Buckley (WA) PD


"I learned a lot of information that will improve my department.; evidence intake/evidence storage system and policies.  Provided and illustrated, very well prepared. Obviously came from several years/decades of experience and work”.

Chief Jim Fouts, Onawa (IA) PD

“Thank you for the great class today. I appreciate the real world experience that you brought to the class. I think the class is going to give me a solid foundation on which to start out the right way and not have to try and break any bad habits”.

Nathan Sanow, Lead Evidence Tech., Ames (IA) PD

“Quality knowledge and experience on the topic”.

Sgt. Spencer Walton, Atlantic (IA) PD

"Great educator and teaching style. Very personable and has real world experience. Great information I can take back and inform my department."