DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Evidence Management Unit (EMU) falls under the command of a detective lieutenant. EMU is comprised of two prosecutor’s agents and one clerical employee under the supervision of a detective sergeant. The EMU is responsible for receiving all evidence which is logged, categorized, inventoried and maintained in a computerized accounting system. This function includes evidence from not only the BCPO but also from all of the municipal law enforcement agencies in Burlington County and the New Jersey State Police.
The Evidence Management Unit handles the intake and subsequent forfeiture or release of hundreds of firearms, as well as other weapons seized throughout Burlington County. There is a regular program for the review and purging of evidence once appeal and statute of limitations requirements are met. Municipal police departments are provided the opportunity to dispose of evidence on an annual basis through an EMU disposal program. The Evidence Management Unit also handles the disposal of firearms for the municipal departments in conformance with the BCPO policy.
OPERATIONS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN 2016
In 2016, the Evidence Management Unit continued to digitize and electronically archive old case files and continued to move toward operating in a virtually paperless environment. In total, the Evidence Management Unit received or released evidence on 4,001 occasions involving 1,532 different cases. Of those transactions, the evidence was directly generated by EMU in 406 cases during 2016. All other cases involved other BCPO units submitting evidence to or receiving evidence from EMU on their unit-generated cases.