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Evidence Collection
The Little Elm Police Department operates a property and evidence storage facility that is maintained by the detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division.
 
The movement of all property and evidence is tracked from the moment it enters the officer's custody at the scene until the case to which it is related reaches it final disposition. After collection by the officer, it is logged into the evidence facility and assigned a permanent bin number and location within the facility. It may remain there until final disposition.

Evidence Tracking
In other cases, it may need to be sent to outside labs for testing and this is also tracked. It may need to be logged out of the evidence room and taken to court. If a final disposition is not reached at that time, the evidence is logged back into the evidence room, returning it to it's assigned location. Upon final disposition, the court may order it to be destroyed or returned to the owner. At each step in the process or movement, the officer's name who moves the evidence is noted, along with the date, time, and other relevant information.
 
This tracking process is referred to as the "chain of custody." Detectives must be able to prove to the court that this chain of custody was properly maintained at all times. Failure to be able to do so may mean that the evidence is excluded from trial by the courts, and may result in an acquittal of the suspect.
 
Contact Information
If you have any questions about the property room or if you believe we have property that belongs to you, please contact Detective G.W. Howard at (214) 975-0467.