On April 5-7, 2017, the Illinois Association of Property and Evidence Managers (I.A.P.E.M.) held its annual educational training conference at the Holiday Inn West in Itasca, IL. Law enforcement and forensic professionals from Illinois and surrounding states were in attendance. I.A.P.E.M. members can access conference handouts and presentations by logging in to the Member Area.
At this year’s conference we offered our members a hands-on mock crime scene, providing training from the discovery of the crime through the court room testimony. This training included evidence technicians processing the crime scenes and packaging the evidence as well as the evidence being turned over to property room specialists who utilized on-scene storage and other property room equipment. Collection equipment and hands-on training was supported by the vendors. This hands-on opportunity allowed members to be much more involved and connect with other members for a greater training experience! A mock trial conducted by ASA's from the Cook County and DuPage County State's Attorney's Offices concluded the week so evidence technicians and property room managers could see how the entire process works together.
Special sessions included topics about evidence room situations and evidence destruction, lab submissions, firearms destruction, analytic forensic testing, RFID technology, and legal updates. Special speakers included Jennifer Bash - UIC Analytical Forensic Testing Laboratory (AFTL); Greg DiDomenic, Bob Dubbert, Scott Jensen, Tiffany Neal, Jennifer Sher and Peggy Konrath from the Illinois State Police Crime Lab; Lisa Robin - Retired Evidence Manager from the Lake County Sheriff's Office; Jim Herman - Retired from Mt. Prospect Police Department; ASA Mark Ertler and ASA Amy Watroba - Cook County State's Attorney's Office; ASA Michael Pingaj - DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.