Tool Kit: Evidence Collection Tools

Here's a few tools to help with evidence collection.

Entomology Kit from Sirchie

Always have the tools on hand to capture any kind of evidence you come across in your investigation. Insects on a decomposing body can provide valuable information for an investigation, including estimated time of death, location, possible toxicological analysis, and DNA of the victim. Body fluids and tissue will disappear but insects will retain traces of fluid and blood. The entomology kit from Sirchie provides the tools you need to gather this evidence and transport it so the insects can be studied and any evidence later presented in court.

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Cap-Shure from Puritan

Puritan’s Cap-Shure is known for its ease of use and state-of-the-art design. The forensic swab is the superior choice for specimen, DNA, and evidence collection. The forensic swab comes as a unit with a re-closeable, ventilated cap for air drying and lays flat for easy transport. The contaminant-free aerated cap protects the tip from cross-contamination to ensure the quality of each specimen. It is available with a cotton tip and wood handle or with our patented HydraFlock® tip and plastic handle. Each applicator comes sterile and individually wrapped.

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Hand Preservation Bags from Prendo Forensics

This breathable bag can be used to cover the hands of a suspected shooter, resulting in the preservation of valuable gunshot residue or other trace evidence. This bag can also be used to prevent contamination on the hands of the deceased. Made of Tyvek® material with a drawstring and new string-lock attachment for securing the bag in place without tying. The product is available plain or with printed left- and right-hand designation. (Note: Prendo Forensics is a certified, women-owned small business.)

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Bio-Swab from Arrowhead Forensics

Bio-Swab™ is a pre-filled, individually wrapped, gamma radiated, sterile cotton tipped applicator that will deliver the exact amount of water to collect a DNA sample. This packaging system eliminates the need for carrying sterile water and will further protect from cross contamination. Lot number on every package. The product is state crime laboratory tested and approved, with validation material available upon request.

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