Crime Scene Trace Evidence Preservation Gloves

Preserving, Protecting and Containing Crime Scene Evidence on a Violent Crime Victim’s hands
 

Benefits of Crime Scene – Trace Evidence Gloves

  1. Convenience of product packaging for quick deployment/use
  2. Optimal preservation, protection and containment of evidence with non-permeable material
  3. Creates a “universal practice” of collecting evidence on crime victim’s hands.
  4. Maintains physical integrity of evidence
  5. Limits defense attorney scrutiny of evidence and evidence impeachment strategies in court proceedings
  6. Elimination and Identification of Suspect/Offender
  7. Eliminates Reasonable Doubt of evidence on hands in criminal cases
  8. Three (3) different products offering Full glove, Medical Intervention Flap style and Velcro flap style.
     

The Unique Advantages of the CS/TE Gloves include

  1. Individual and sterile packaging of each pair of gloves designed for rapid deployment and storage in the field
  2. Easy application
  3. Breathable non-permeable fabric material so evidence is not lost or contaminated
  4. Cotton lining for capturing, containing, preserving and protecting the evidence
  5. One size fits all - ambidextrous style
  6. Elimination/Identification of Suspect or Offender
  7. Eliminates Reasonable doubt in Criminal Trials and limits defense attorney scrutiny of evidence and evidence impeachment strategies in court proceedings
  8. Unique color and markings for universal understanding that the CS/TE Gloves should not be removed
  9. Optimum collection, protection and preservation of evidence contained on a crime victim’s hands
  10. CS/TE Gloves can be utilized worldwide by:  Law Enforcement, Interpol, Corrections, Crime Scene Technicians, Crime Lab Scientists, Medical Examiner’s/Coroners and their investigators, Fire Rescue Personnel, Paramedics, The Military, and Doctors, Nurses and medical professionals.
  11. Sterile packaging is uniquely suitable for deployment in every police vehicle, ambulance, rescue vehicle, coroner/medical examiner’s investigator vehicles as well as in hospitals, and prison and jail correctional facilities.
 

Background

While conducting homicide and death investigations in Florida, Detective John Cogburn recognized a problem with a current practice relating to preserving physical and trace evidence on a crime victim’s hands.  Current practices utilize non-sterilized evidence bags or wrappings to cover the hands of violent crime victims.  Often times, investigators and crime scene technicians also do not have immediate access to the victim(s) of a violent crime when the victim has sustained life-threatening injuries that require medical intervention by paramedics, emergency room personnel or due to ambulance or helicopter transport.  In some cases, the initial encounter by the first responders on scene is the only chance to secure evidence to link the criminal offender to the victim with evidence from the victim’s hands because medical intervention can cause evidence to be lost or destroyed in transport, in the emergency room or during surgery.  The CS/TE Gloves are designed to be deployed upon that first encounter with the victim by either law enforcement, paramedics, fire rescue or hospital personnel.  Working together with Globe Medical Tech to overcome the unique design challenges required to create this technology, the first usable version of the CS/TE Gloves have now been developed to offer optimum preservation and protection of physical or trace evidence contained on the hands of a violent crime victim. “First Responders only have one chance to collect evidence”
 

Complexities of Crime Scenes:

  1. Initial crime scenes are often chaotic
  2. Victims are removed from scene by ground or air ambulance
  3. Victims are often transferred between hospitals for specialized treatment
  4. Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians arrive after the crime scene has been secured and do not have immediate access to the victim(s) like First Responders
 
Current use of permeable paper bags:
  1. Bags are often stored in non-sterile opened packaging  or containers.
  2. Tape is also stored in same open access fashion as are the latex gloves  used to apply the bags.
  3. Most items are stored in police cars  and crime scene technicians vehicles in non-sterile conditions.
  4. Potential for cross contamination is very prevalent 
     
The costs of Prosecution demands maintaining the Physical Integrity of Evidence.
  1. A capital-eligible case not seeking the death penalty in the United States will cost taxpayers $1.1 million over the lifetime of the case
  2. A capital-eligible case resulting in a death sentence will cost taxpayers approximately $3 million
     

Instructions for Use (4 Step Process)

STEP #1 - Place latex gloves on both hands insuring you “do not” touch the palm and fingertip portions of the latex gloves and tear open packaging.
STEP #2 - Remove and apply the preservation gloves on victim’s hands, one glove at a time, by extending flexible cuff to open position, then slide glove over hand and release cuff around wrist or forearm area.
STEP #3 - Apply evidence tape so that it overlaps portion of cuff as well as victim’s arm/wrist area.  Firmly secure tape in place insuring a tight seal.
STEP #4 - Check appropriate right/left hand identification box and fill out Case Number Box on gloves.
 

Market Overview

Initial feedback indicates the use of the CS/TE gloves will cultivate a universal practice improvement through law enforcement use and deployment worldwide.
 
Law Enforcement
Over 17,000 Police Agencies in the United States provide data to the F.B.I’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.
In 2009 the FBI’s UCR Program reported 1,318,398 violent crime offenses in the United States.
 
Fire Departments
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) profiled over 30,635 Fire Departments in the United States (2006).
 
Corrections Facilities
The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported a total of 1,821 State and federal Correctional Facilities nationwide in a 2005 census.
 
Medical Examiners & Coroner’s Offices
Over 2,000 Medical Examiner’s Offices/Coroners provide data for death investigations across the United States.
398,907 Autopsies were performed in 2005/2006 (Scripps Howard News Service).
 
Hospitals
The American Hospital Association reported there were 5,759 registered hospitals in the United States.
 

Other CS/TE Product Developments

CS/TE Preservations Products provides exclusive and innovative evidence preservation products tailored to meet the needs of international clients, including governments, international Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Correctional Facilities, Hospitals and Medical Examiners and Coroners Offices as well as the corporate sector.  The world turns to CS/TE Preservation Products “when seconds count for First Responders” in collecting crime evidence.

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