MARCH 2020 - IAPE Monthly Newsletter
  
Class Update

Due to the unexpected spread of the COVID-19, IAPE has rescheduled the classes scheduled up through mid April.   The following classes have been rescheduled for later in the year:

Americus, Georgia  |   New Date: September 15 - 16, 2020

Westchester, New York  | New Date: September 29 - October 1, 2020

Rocklin, California | Supervisor Class - Being schedule (summer/fall) 

If you are in need of immediate training, click here to learn more about our online training options.   If you are already registered for a class and want to change to the video class please send an email to info@iape.org.
  
Ask Joe...
Each month, IAPE's primary instructor and Executive Director, 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.   To submit a question for Joe   Contact Us    
Dear Joe,
 
Do you have any recommendations for property officers on what type of precautions we should be taking in the handling of evidence in our property rooms with the possible presence of COVID-19  and best ways in dealing with the public at the release counter. 
 
Sincerely,
Concerned
 
Dear Concerned,

After receiving this inquiry, I have read a number of different responses that members have been talking about. The following is an assortment of comments and ideas.
  • Don't forget your PPE (Personnel Protective Equipment) when handling evidence.
    • Wear nitrile examination gloves when handling evidence.
    • Avoid touching your face while wearing examination gloves
  • "We only release property and evidence in extreme emergencies and those transactions have to be approved by the Services Captain"
  • "We have closed our public counters for the next two weeks."
  • "When we release property back to an owner, we only allow one citizen at a time come to the lobby / counter area. We have a glass barrier that protects us from any contacts with any citizen. After the citizen leaves, we sanitize the entire counter along with any writing instruments and the phone instrument that the citizen uses.  We basically do the same thing if an officer is retrieving evidence. Don't forget to sanitize any shared keyboard before and after use."
I had another discussion with a member that had heard that Covid-19 could live up to 3 days on a package or other surface to which I had heard the same thing. With some research, I found that there may be some basis for that belief. However, this may need additional scientific study. Until this issue has been scientifically addressed, you may try the following options:
  • Use of ultra violet light or scanner which may be very effective in killing the germs. There are relatively inexpensive and be found on Amazon.com. I would have a dialog with your Crime Lab. If we find out more, will advise.
  • If you don't have the budget for that type of equipment, consider rotating your evidence lockers. Each day officers are required to use certain lockers. After 3 days in the locker, you removed the packages start all over. In other words ½ of your locker are holding evidence for possible exposure time. 
  • Some are looking into Disinfectant Germ Foggers . You can find several brands on the internet. The airlines are using them as well. 
  • Closing each day from 12-1pm for custodial staff to clean counters, door handles, phones, sitting areas and desk areas. Incorporate an end of the day cleaning of the same shared areas and objects.
  • For employees: staggered work hours, to include evenings and weekends, spacing out personal desk areas.
  • Any visitor logs or sign in/out logs: If a visitor comes in, then a staff member will sign them in eliminating the visitor from touching the visitor book and pen. Employee sign in/out logs we have put out sanitizing wipes and have asked employees to wipe the pen before and after use.
  • E ach employee has been given a small bag that contains pens, sharpies, highlighters, post it notes and other office supplies.  Employees will only use what is in their bag and not share these supplies.
  • Each employee has been given a can of hospital grade foaming disinfectant cleaner and a box of paper towels to clean their stations after each use.
  • Keep any submission forms or intake forms away from the evidence. 
Last week a presentation was hosted by the National Police Foundation, Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum to over 5,000 Chief on dealing with the virus. I Would encourage everyone to follow the below FBINAA link to the COVID-19 page and download and  listen to the presentation that is directed to all law enforcement personnel.


Regards,
Joe Latta
Executive Director
  News:  Events and Trends
 
What might the unintended consequences be for Property Rooms if officers stop arresting criminals and their evidence?  Think about it.
 
HEADLINES  

Philly police to halt narcotics arrests, other charges during COVID-19 outbreak 
 March 17, 2020
 
Officers can make exceptions if they think someone would "pose a threat" to public safety.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw has instructed the department to begin delaying arrests for a slew of low-level criminal offenses - including all narcotics activity. The unprecedented move comes as the city takes emergency measures to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus through the region.

An internal memo obtained by Billy Penn and WHYY states that crimes including theft, burglary, prostitution, stolen automobiles, vandalism, and certain economic crimes will no longer automatically result in detention. Police will also temporarily stop enforcing bench warrants to individuals who fail to show up for court.

Effective Tuesday, arrests for these offenses will instead be "effectuated via arrest warrant," according to Outlaw's memo . That means officers may detain and identify a suspect in order to gather evidence, but the alleged offender will then be released. Officers will submit paperwork for the charges and, if approved by the city's top prosecutor, District Attorney Larry Krasner, an arrest warrant will be issued at a later date - presumably once the COVID-19 outbreak is under control.


IAPE - Quiz for a day related to the coronavirus: 

What are a few things that you handle every day that are dirtier  than 
a toilet seat and germs might be present?

Gas pump  handles, money, ATM's, Alarm Pad / Pin Number pad for alarm and access system and don't forget menus

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2020 CLASSES

April 29 - 30, 2020
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May 6 - 7, 2020

May 20 - 21, 2020
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June 9 - 10, 2020

June 15 - 16, 2020

June 24 - 25, 2020

July 15 - 16, 2020

July 20 - 21, 2020

Supervisor Class
July 22, 2020

August 5 - 6, 2020

August 10 - 11, 2020

August 19 - 20, 2020

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September 15 - 16 , 2020

September 21 - 22, 2020

Supervisor Class
September 23, 2020

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October 6 - 7, 2020

October 13 - 14, 2020

October 21 - 22, 2020

November 9 - 10, 2020

December 7 - 8, 2020

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Along with the IAPE's extensive  evidence training courses, the IAPE offers our members the opportunity to become Certified Property and Evidence Specialists. 

Certification is available to our law enforcement agency members as well as our corporate members. The designation of CPES or CCPES indicates that the holder is a professional who has completed requirements in training; has worked in the field for a required period of time; and has demonstrated their knowledge of professional standards through a written test. More than 2,000 IAPE members have achieved the CPES or CCPES designation.


Need Training Right Now?
IAPE also offers ONLINE TRAINING

The Full online course class option is a great choice if you want much of the same training as the Live classes but without the travel and time away from the department. The IAPE Property and Evidence Management video Course is approximately 14 hours in length  and was prepared by Law Enforcement Personnel for Law Enforcement Personnel. Completion of the course meets the training requirements for becoming a Certified Property and Evidence Specialist (CPES).

ONLINE INDIVIDUAL CLASS MODULES:
Below is a listing of our individual class options for those who may have limited time and want to get specific training in the most needed areas within the evidence room.

This video provides material useful to Property Room personnel as well as Auditors regarding the preparation for and procedure of conducting an audit of the Property Room. Additionally you will also learn various aspects of conducting inventories and how they differ from audits.

Security Video:  This video focuses on the best ways to secure your Property Room as well as common mistakes that you should avoid. You will also learn about many types of products and procedures which will enhance the security of your facility. INCLUDES SPECIAL BONUS VIDEO ON ELECTRONIC SECURITY.

Documentation, Chain of Custody and Automation:  These 2 video modules provide an understanding of the Chain of Custody within the property room, along with an overview of the various internal controls needed to properly track and manage you evidence when it leaves your department for court, crime lab or out for investigations . Additionally, the video also discusses the advantages of automating the tracking process, Found Property and Property for Safekeeping.