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Rules for obtaining digital evidence by police officers

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(Source: Australasian Centre for Policing Research)

  • OFFICER SAFETY COMES FIRST!
     
  • Search any visible or broken cable. If you have doubts about the safety of handling, ask an expert.
     
  • Make sure you have the right to frisk and lift the evidence.
     
  • DO NOT use the keyboard or mouse.
     
  • DO NOT attempt to examine the contents of the computer, you could alter evidence.
     
  • Record all actions for lifting samples.
     
  • If the computer system is closed, DO NOT open.
     
  • If the computer system is open, shoot the screen before going further.
     
  • DO NOT close the computer system in the normal manner. Remove the power cord from the computer directly, not from the socket. Make sure you do this safely.
     
  • Do not ignore other types of evidence such as fingerprints on the equipment.

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