Police Retention of Evidence Survey

This survey has been commissioned by Inside Justice in collaboration with Prof Carole McCartney at Northumbria University.  It seeks information from serving and former police officers and staff about evidence / exhibit retention and storage practices during investigations / cold case investigations. The survey is interested in gathering information in relation to material from unsolved investigations as well as those which have been through the courts.  Information provided will be collated and inform projects on improving police storage of evidence. 
The survey is anonymous and you do not have to provide your details unless you wish to do so. Many thanks for your time in completing the survey and helping us with this vital work. 

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* 1. Please tell us what best decsribes your occupation now.

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* 2. During your career, have you had responsibility, (including overall responsibility SIO etc.) for the storing and / or security, integrity and continuity of evidence / exhibits generated during a criminal investigation?

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* 3. Have you experience in investigations where you have been unable to locate seized evidence / exhibits?

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* 4. Do you know which guidelines/ rules or law your police force rely/relied upon for the retention of evidence?

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* 5. In what proportion of investigations would you say, are evidence / exhibits recorded and stored with security, integrity and continuity?

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* 6. Have you had personal experience of a case where evidence / exhibits have not been secured, and stored, with the required integrity, security and continuity?

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* 7. What best described your role at the time?

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* 8. If evidence / exhibits were not handled with security, integrity and continuity, did this impact the case? If yes, please give details.

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* 9. Would you be willing to speak with Inside Justice further about this issue? If so, please answer Q.10 with your contact details.

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* 10. Contact Details

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