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Fingerprint on a Ball Python. Credit: USFWS

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Lab scientist analyzing digital evidence. Credit: USFWS

SUBMITTING DIGITAL EVIDENCE

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Audio Submissions
Computer Submissions
Photographic Submissions
Video Submissions


AUDIO SUBMISSIONS

Submitting Audio Evidence
Questions concerning computer evidence submission should be addressed to the Digital Evidence Supervisor at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, 541/482-4191.

Submit original tape.

Write protection tab should be removed or in the locked position.

Tapes should be packaged in a paper container, sealed, and initialed by agent.

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COMPUTER SUBMISSIONS

Submitting Computer Evidence
Questions concerning computer evidence submission should be addressed to the Digital Evidence Supervisor at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, 541/482-4191.

Request one week in advance diskettes to be inserted in to diskette drives.

Do not start the central processing unit once the unit is shut down or seized.

Submit only the central processing unit and/or internal and external storage device(s) and media, including cabling which connects the device(s) to the central processing unit. Do not submit the keyboard, mouse, monitor, or printer, unless device is subject to another type of examination such as for latent prints.

Submit all loose notes attached to the monitor or in the surrounding area which may contain passwords.

Submit all diskettes, manuals, and software packages in the surrounding area. Package the materials in a sturdy cardboard container when shipping computer components. If possible use original packaging materials on site if available. Use bubble wrap or foam rubber pads as packing materials. Do not use loose Styrofoam packing material. Pack and ship central processing unit in upright position. Label container "This end up". Seal with packing tape. Label outer container "Fragile Sensitive Electronic Equipment. Keep away from magnets or magnetic fields."

Disks, diskettes, tapes, CD, and other media devices should be packaged to avoid container contents from moving or shifting during shipment.

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PHOTOGRAHIC SUBMISSIONS

Submission of Photographic Image Evidence Questions concerning image evidence submission should be addressed to the Digital Evidence Supervisor at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, 541/482-4191.

Submit original evidence (negatives/photographs).

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VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

Submission of Video Evidence
Questions concerning computer evidence submission should be addressed to the Digital Evidence Supervisor at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, 541/482-4191.

Submit original tape. Queue the original videotape to the approximate time preceding the questioned sequence. Provide the time and date, as shown on tape, or counter indicator. Provide a detailed description of the event(s) to be processed.

Write protection tab should be removed or in the locked position.

Tapes should be sealed with evidence tape in a paper container, sealed, and initialed by agent.

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