The gathering and maintenance of property and evidence is an essential function of law enforcement duties. At the University of Florida Police Department, this function falls under the direction of the Criminal Investigations Division.
The department has very specific standards and directives that detail the documentation of possession, transfer of custody, security, accountability, and disposal of property or evidence that comes into the possession of the department.
The Evidence Custodian, as assigned by the Department Director, is responsible for supervising the chain of custody relating to property and evidence. When the department comes into custody or possession of property or evidence in the performance of official duties, strict documentation and records are required to be maintained. The property and/or evidence is also stored in restricted access areas within secured lockers. Through these strict storage requirements, the evidence is maintained within a verifiable chain of custody that serves to protect the material from theft as well as ensuring the evidence will not lose its evidentiary value in a court of law .
Another important function of the evidence custodian is to determine if found or recovered property must be stored or can it be promptly returned to the owner. In some cases, property or evidence can be photographed and returned so the owner is not deprived of the use of his or her property.
The Evidence Custodian is also designated as the Department’s Crime Scene Technician under the command of the Criminal Investigations Division. The Crime Scene Technician is responsible for crime scene duties and response to crime scenes of felony and serious misdemeanor offenses.
Should you have questions about the storing of property or evidence, or should you need to retrieve property from the department, please contact Officer Susan Pratt, Monday – Friday from 8am to 4pm at (352) 273-3328 or send an email to UFPDLostandFound@admin.ufl.edu.
Please visit the Surplus Property website located at http://fa.ufl.edu/am/surplus/.
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