The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will be hosting the Evidence Management Symposium on March 11-12, 2019, on the NIST Gaithersburg campus.
Several factors have led to national attention on evidence management including the movement to resolve sex assault kit backlogs, headlines describing problems in evidence rooms, and scientific advancements in forensic science resulting in increased volumes of evidence being submitted and stored. The infrastructure and technology necessary to manage the growing amount of collected evidence has not improved and the lack of interoperability between stakeholders remains a challenge.
The two-day Evidence Management Symposium will focus on fostering awareness by sharing the state of the industry, successes, lessons learned, and recommending best practices. The event will provide an opportunity for a candid discussion between law enforcement executives, criminal justice practitioners, policy makers, and the legal community from around the nation on the important issues of evidence management.
Topics covered will include evidence management in law enforcement, courts, hospitals, and storage of digital evidence, a standard for barcode software, warehouse security, the importance of inventories and audits, legislative support, statistical data, and funding availabilities.
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