DECEMBER 2018 - IAPE Monthly Newsletter
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Each month, IAPE's primary instructor, Joe Latta, answers one of your questions. Consider writing us if you have a question that needs an answer. We would love to hear from you.
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Dear Joe,
I need some help!  We just got a new drying cabinet for biological  I recall in your class, you discussed decontamination logs and the best way to clean. Can you direct me to that information? evidence. 

J. Smith

Dear J Smith,

In 2011 - 2012 IAPE was involved with NIST  (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and NIJ (National Institute of Justice)  to develop a document to assist law enforcement Evidence Handlers with biological Evidence. The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers.  

Even though the document is almost 6 years old, there are many new property officers that have never seen this very valuable document.  We are sending to all of our members and friends a guide that should be printed out for every property room. The document discusses :

  • Retaining Biological Evidence
  • Biological Evidence Safety and Handling
  • Packaging and Storing Biological Evidence
  • Tracking Biological Evidence Chain of Custody
  • Biological Evidence Disposition

Pot-eating former Toronto cop gets 9-month conditional sentence
November 6, 2018
A Toronto police officer who stole and ate a pot-laced chocolate bar seized during a raid on an illegal dispensary will have to spend six months under house arrest as part of a sentence to be served in the community, a judge ruled Monday, saying his actions could not go unpunished.
Vittorio Dominelli, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to attempting to obstruct justice, will spend the rest of his nine-month conditional sentence under supervision and will also have to serve 60 hours of community service.
Justice Mary Misener, who presided over the case, said the 36-year-old acted recklessly in order to satisfy his curiosity about marijuana, putting others at risk.

"His decision to take the cannabis was both impetuous and immature," she said. "He was wandering outside in a haze. That is the state he put himself in while armed with a handgun ... the danger to the public is obvious."
Misener noted, however, that Dominelli was not a corrupt officer and "did not act for nefarious purposes."
Dominelli, who served as a police officer for 13 years before resigning from the force this month, was part of a team that raided the pot shop on Jan. 27. He pocketed several cannabis-oil-infused chocolate bars on his way out of the store.
Court heard that Dominelli and another officer shared some of the chocolate hours later while conducting surveillance outside an after-hours bar and got extremely high.

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Have a great holiday!

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