Certified Evidence Specialist Program

The Property & Evidence Association of Florida (PEAF), in partnership with the University of Central Florida, recently announced the Certified Evidence Specialist Program.


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PEAF is a nonprofit association comprised of law enforcement evidence professionals. Its purpose is to provide educational, information-sharing, and networking opportunities to evidence professionals, and to increase the level of awareness for the profession.

The Evidence Specialist Basic Certification Course is designed to standardize evidence room management and to provide the basic information required for an individual new to the profession. It is not meant to override department policy or current laws.

The target population are Evidence Technicians with less than two years experience in the profession or Evidence Technicians with more than two years of experience that have not previously received the Basic Certification.

Minimum requirements for achieving the Evidence Specialist Basic Certification:

  • Complete the Evidence Specialist Basic Certification Course
  • Successfully pass a written exam with a minimum of 75%
  • Have a minimum of 12 months experience in evidence room management
  • Attend at least (1) one PEAF Educational Conference
  • Remain in good standing with membership

Certification is valid for three years. Requirements to maintain your certification are as follows:

  • Maintain PEAF membership every year
  • Attend one Chapter meeting per year for three years
  • Attend one PEAF conference in the next three years

Reasons to certify your Evidence Personnel:

1) Capability to have the finest person in the position to reflect the best integrity
2) Education in the field of Evidence to include Florida State Statutes relating to evidence
3) Peace of mind that your department meets the established best practices for handling evidence
4) Decreased liability to your agency
5) Reduce embarrassment to your agency if evidence is mishandled
6) A step toward standardization of evidence management
7) The Evidence Technician's scope of responsibilities have increased requiring an increased skill level
8) Increased knowledge and maintenance of evidence records retention

The next PEAF Educational Conference

Source: PEAF

 
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