About IAPEThe International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. is a non-profit organization created by and for law enforcement professionals to help establish recommended standards for all property and evidence departments.
IAPE is dedicated and committed to provide education and training pertaining to all aspects of the handling, storage, maintenance and disposal of law enforcement held property and evidence.
Gordon A. Bowers, Past President, Instructor
Police Chief Gordon A. Bowers (ret.) recently returned to California after “failing retirement” for the third time! His 38 years in law enforcement began as a volunteer Reserve Police Officer, and he progressed through the ranks to Burbank’s Captain of Investigations. For 15 years his responsibilities included departmental Master Planning regardless of his assignment. Bowers also taught personal development and other professional topics for the City of Burbank, Criminal Law for Glendale Community College, and “Law Enforcement Futures” for the Advanced POST class at California State University-Northridge. He received commendations from the California Peace Officers Association for co-authoring California model policies on “Conduct Review” and “Use of Force.” In addition to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Chief Bowers is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, California POST Command College, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.
Bowers retired for the first time in 2004, and then moved to Texas to become Chief of Police for the City of Lakeway in 2005. His tenure as Lakeway Police Chief brought significant changes, including reducing Officer and Dispatcher turnover by more than half, upgrading radios and safety equipment, and improving evaluation processes. He also negotiated an Inter-City Agreement for providing 911 and Dispatch service for a neighboring Police Department, and obtained the Department’s first-ever competitive grant, providing $83,000 for mobile data computers. He retired the second time in 2009.
Gordon is Past President of the International Association for Property and Evidence and has served continuously on their Board of Directors since 1997. For over 10 years he was editor of the IAPE quarterly professional journal: The Evidence Log. Several times a year he assists in instructing their 2-day Property & Evidence class for law enforcement agencies across the country, and last year Gordon’s first co-authored book was published (Property and Evidence – By the Book, 2nd Ed.). His 30+ publication credits include articles in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, The Police Chief, Journal of California Law Enforcement, The Evidence Log, and POST Pacesetter. Gordon recently studied Strategic Foresight at the University of Houston, and he has maintained Rotary membership for over 25 years.
Gordon is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and a Charter Life Member of Police Futurists International. He is a member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association, and served as Vice-President of the Capital Area Law Enforcement Executives Association. Other memberships have been as varied as Mensa and the Greater Los Angeles Area Press Photographers Association. He holds a Texas TCLEOSE Master Police Officer Certificate, California POST Advanced and Management Certificates, and Advanced Law Enforcement Planner certification through the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners. Since 1987, “Bowers Consulting” has provided a resource in the areas of policy development, planning, and technical writing, and served as a partner on property and evidence management audits for numerous Police Departments.
“Real” teaching seemed a logical step, and 2011 saw the first of three consecutive semesters as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Austin Community College. Bowers taught courses in Criminal Law, Court Systems, and Introduction to Law Enforcement (his favorite), and was a nominee for ACC’s Teaching Excellence Award. He loved the experience, but family needs took priority, so the third retirement involved leaving ACC, and moving with his wife Susan back to Southern California to be near the vast majority of their family.
Gordon’s wife Susan partners in Bowers Consulting. She is an accomplished professional, with a Bachelor’s degree, a Non-profit Management Certificate, and successful career endeavors varying from international computer software manufacturing to Executive Director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Her recognitions have included a Key to the City of Burbank, and Congressional Woman of the Year. Both Gordon and Susan are deeply involved in community activities and their local church. They have been married for 15 years, and collectively have six grown children (including one who came to them as a teenager), and seven grandchildren. July 2012 marked their transition from the Texas Hill Country with their two rescue Greyhounds to their exciting new life in San Marcos, California.
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Steve Campbell, Board Member, Instructor
Steve Campbell served 27 years in law enforcement, retiring as Chief of Police in Port Hueneme, California in 2000. Prior to his appointment as Chief, Steve served with the Glendale, California Police Department for 23 years. At age 19 he started as a Police Cadet, assigned to the Property Room.
Steve has served on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. since the newly constituted board met in April 1997. For over thirteen years, Steve has instructed with IAPE and has done property room audits for police agencies throughout the United States.
Steve is currently the Emergency Planning Program Manager for Puget Sound Energy in Bellevue, Washington. He is a certified Associate Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Steve’s bachelor’s degree is in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco, and has completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Class 189.
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Suzanne Cox, Treasurer
Suzanne Cox has been an integral member of IAPE Board of Directors since 1993. Her primary function has been to handle the finances of the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. Ms. Cox was originally recruited by IAPE as its first financial officer because of her reputation offering highly skilled bookkeeping and tax preparation services, and expertise with the unique aspects required for non-profit organizations.
Ms. Cox has also been an active participant in community affairs, the Chamber of Commerce, Burbank Sunrise Rotary for twenty years, and has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army Burbank Corps for twelve years. She has served two terms as Chairman of the board. She has also been involved in many other community organizations, and was selected as Small Business Owner by the Chamber of Commerce in 1993. Suzanne was also selected as a recipient of Women In Business for the San Fernando Valley in 2003. Her offices are located in Burbank, California. She is married to a state firearms officer.
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Kevin Fallon, Second Vice President, Instructor, CPES
Kevin Fallon is a 31 year law enforcement veteran. He served three years as a Court Officer in Brooklyn Criminal Court and has spent the last 28 years in the Suffolk County Police Department in New York where he holds the rank of Deputy Inspector. He is presently assigned to the Patrol Division as Executive Officer in one of Suffolk’s seven precincts.
He has had many assignments in the Suffolk County Police Department including Commanding Officer of the Property Section. Suffolk County Police Department‘s Property Section consists of 18 full time employees, including eight sworn members.
Inspector Fallon holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (201st Session). He is also a Certified as a Master Police Instructor by the Division of Criminal Justice Services of New York State and has taught numerous courses at various academies and Executive Training Programs.
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Robert E. Giles Past resident, Instructor
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Lieutenant Robert Giles retired from the Burbank Police Department in 2004 after 32 years of service. Lt. Giles’ varied experience includes assignments as a Bureau Commander in both the investigations and uniform divisions. He obtained specialized experience supervising the Vice/Narcotics Detail, Special Enforcement Detail, Property Crimes Bureau, Communications, and Police Reserve personnel. Lt. Giles developed significant expertise in drug asset forfeiture, Emergency Operations Center activities and was the Administrative Manager of the Burbank Police Department's Special Response Team.
Mr. Giles received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. He attended the prestigious Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California and the FBI's National Academy, Class #170 at Quantico, Virginia.
The International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. selected Mr. Giles to serve on its Board of Directors as President from 2003-2005, and has served as Board Secretary for many years. Bob is the current IAPE President and travels frequently to conduct IAPE business and assist in presenting IAPE Property Management Classes throughout the country. Bob has a close affiliation with Evidence Control Systems; a private consulting firm that conducts property and evidence room audits for law enforcement agencies nationwide.
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Kerstin Hammarberg, Secretary, Instructor, CPES
Supervisor Kerstin Hammarberg is a 14-year civilian law enforcement employee For the last 10 years, she has supervised the Property and Evidence Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department, including a staff of 15 civilian employees and three locations. She attended her first IAPE training in 1997 and became a Certified Evidence Technician in 2003. She has attended and hosted multiple IAPE training events and submitted articles for publication for the “Evidence Log” and “Evidence Technology Magazine.”
Kerstin spent five years as an Executive with the Boy Scouts of America, four years as a Program Coordinator with the American Red Cross, and four years with the Crystal Police Department. While with the Crystal Police Department she was certified as a Crime Prevention Specialist and as an Evidence Technician. She held positions as President of the Minnesota Crime Prevention Advisory Committee and Board member with Minnesota Association of Property and Evidence.
Kerstin earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Master’s Degree in Management from St. Mary’s University. She has taken periodic coursework in law enforcement from St. Mary’s University.The last five years, Kerstin has been Patrol Director for the Buck Hill Ski Patrol, Burnsville, MN, and has been a member of the Buck Hill Ski Patrol for 20 years.
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William Kiley, Board Member, Instructor
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William (Bill) Kiley is a retired Deputy Chief who served almost thirty years with the Suffolk County (New York) Police Department, the twelfth largest municipal police agency in the United States. Deputy Chief Kiley, who was appointed as a Police Officer in 1972, had many assignments and numerous ranks in patrol, investigations and support divisions of his department. He also served as the administrative assistant to the Police Commissioner and as the department’s Public Information Officer. With four years prior experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York City Field Office before his career in local law enforcement, and as the regional law enforcement representative for seven states, Deputy Chief Kiley was an advisor to the White House’s Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC).
Mr. Kiley served as President of IAPE from 2006 through 2008. Presently, Mr. Kiley is the President of Kiley Associates, LLC, an Online Learning Consultant firm. Bill is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Technology, at Long Island University as well as teaching in the Criminal Justice program at Suffolk County Community College. Mr. Kiley holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a second Master’s degree in Computers in Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (146th Session) and the Senior Management Institute for Police. As certified police instructor Mr. Kiley traveled throughout the state of New York lecturing at various academies and at Executive Training programs.
A career U.S. Army Reservist, Kiley retired in 1997 after thirty years of service; he rose through the ranks from Private to Colonel and commanded at every level from platoon to Brigade. Colonel Kiley is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a recipient of the Army’s Legion of Merit award.
Active in many professional and community organizations, Mr. Kiley is a Past President of the FBI National Academy Associates, New York State/Eastern Canada Chapter with over fifteen hundred members from various levels of law enforcement. He has served as the Chairman of the community outreach advisory board for his church. Bill Kiley is also the past Vice Chairman of the Long Island Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security.
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Joseph T. Latta, Exec. Dir., Lead Instructor, CPES
Joseph T. Latta, is a retired Police Lieutenant with the Burbank Police Department, Burbank, California. Joe, as he is known in the IAPE Property Management Classes, was in law enforcement from 1968 working uniform, investigations and services. From 1991 to 1998, Lieutenant Latta was project manager overseeing construction of a $30 million Police and Fire Headquarters, and Support Services Lieutenant overseeing the property room. Joe retired in 2001 and has been instructing property and evidence training classes ever since.
In addition to being an IAPE instructor, he was on the faculty of the International Association of Chief's of Police for over fifteen years where he instructed property room management classes. Joseph Latta has also been associated with San Jose State University, Sam Houston State University, Connecticut State Crime Lab, New Mexico State Crime Lab, California’s POST, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Colorado State Patrol, Idaho State Police Academy, New Mexico Municipal League, California Chief of Police, Montana State Crime Lab, and Virginia Department of Forensic Science teaching seminars in Property Room Management. During the past twenty-four years Joseph has instructed over 16,000 students in property and evidence management principals in 46 states and four provinces in Canada.
In January of 1997 Lieutenant Latta was selected as the Executive Director of IAPE. Joe is also the President of Evidence Control Systems Inc. that provides property room auditing services to law enforcement agencies across the US and Canada.
Joseph Latta has his Associate's Degree in Business Management, Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Master's Degree in Public Administration and is a graduate of California's Command College where a two-year research project was conducted in the management of property rooms.
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Joseph Moralli, Property Section Manager, City of Chico Police Department
Joe Moralli is presently employed by the City of Chico as the Property Manager/Crime Scene Manager. In this capacity he is required to secure and maintain evidence as well as oversight of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit.
Joe currently holds the position of Second Vice-President of the C.A.P.E. State Executive Board. Additionally, he has held the position of Conference Director twice.
Prior to holding the position of Second Vice-President, Joe was the Chairperson for the State By-Laws Committee. The committee was formed to update and make necessary changes to the organizations by-laws.
In 2003 Joe started the Sierra Nevada Chapter of C.A.P.E. This required writing chapter by-laws, a letter of interest to the Executive Board, and organizing members throughout the North state. This chapter has been very successful, as this resource was not available to many law enforcement agencies north of Sacramento. Joe recognized the need for training in the rural areas in Northern California and made the necessary efforts to get this chapter recognized by the organization.
Joe was selected as the Alta Chapter Property Officer of the Year and State Property Officer of the Year in 2003. Additionally, he has been selected the Sierra Nevada Chapter Property Officer of the Year in 2004 and 2005.
Joe continues to strive for the betterment of those personnel involved in the property function of law enforcement. In recent years he has worked closely with his District Attorney's Office in the development of a Property Retention Policy. Many agencies throughout the state are looking at a similar policy for their counties.
Another aspect of Joe’s job duties is the oversight of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit. As a result, Joe became involved with the California State Division of the International Association for Identification. Joe was elected to the position of Director of the North at their conference in May 2009. This position allowed him to get involved in the training of crime scene investigators and identification personnel throughout the state.
In recent years, Joe has gone back to college, in an effort to obtain his Bachelor’s degree. Even with all these organizations and activities, Joe still finds time for his other interests. Joe is an avid bicycle rider, softball player, and an ATV enthusiast.
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Joyce Riba, President, Instructor, CPES
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Lieutenant Joyce Riba retired from the Fresno Police Department in July 2010. Joyce’s law enforcement career had spanned over 30 years with the Fresno, California Police Department, with assignments including Patrol Field Commander, Investigations, and a variety of Special Units.
Lieutenant Joyce Riba had primary responsibility for the Department’s Property and Evidence Unit for over five of those years, during which time she completely reorganized the unit and increased staffing from three to twelve full time positions. She also designed a purging procedure that included routine review requirements for detectives, and implemented a bar code system for all evidence.
The Fresno Police Department honored Joyce with the “Outstanding Achievement Award” at its Major Commendation Ceremony, recognizing her dedication above and beyond the normal demands of her duty assignment.
Joyce Attended California State University of Fresno to obtain her Master degree in Public Administration. She has a strong desire to continue increasing her own knowledge, and she is equally committed to improving the quality of the property and evidence profession as she actively pursues teaching opportunities within law enforcement property and evidence systems.
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Robin Lynn Trench, Founder
Our founder and Past-President Robin Trench committed her career to professional property management, and to providing a forum for training sworn and civilian managers, supervisors, and property officers in the fundamentals of property room management.
Robin’s commitment, dedication and knowledge will be greatly missed. Prior to her untimely death, Robin spent a great deal of time preparing and editing the Evidence Log, in addition to preparing the various workbooks, manuals and handouts needed for the training seminars.
From an interview with Robin in 1993:
"When I first started in property and evidence, a sergeant showed me to an over stuffed room and said: “Here's the manual, good luck”. The manual was ten pages long, written in law enforcement jargon, and contained minimal information on how to operate a property room. It took me weeks to track down laws applied to handling property and then months to understand what they all meant. After about two years I found I knew everything. But it wasn't until nearly five years later that I realized I had finally gotten a grasp on just about every possible variation that might come up. Even now, every once in a while, something new and challenging pops up to see if I'm paying attention to legal details.
In most cases, people hired to handle property and evidence have little actual background in how to accomplish the task. While many law enforcement academies teach how evidence should be collected, very few teach what to do with it afterward. The reason is patrol personnel are usually not required to know how to manage and store property and evidence. Financial transactions of the seventies moved many sworn officers out of property areas and back on patrol. Instead of a police officer with little training, para-professionals (civilians) with no training were given the task.
IAPE offers HOPE. Hope for training and education. IAPE researches questions and provides options for your consideration. Through IAPE members know that they have a resource that will help them. It's like turning on a light in a dark room and finding yourself in a resource library.
For me personally, IAPE is a win-win situation. One can never lose through education and learning. I've found the many professionals I've met to be warm hearted and generous people. They are generous with knowledge, information and very supportive.
I think being part of a professional Association should be exciting. It should be exciting to receive a copy of The Evidence Log, knowing that articles and information are inside that help to make better professionals. It is fun to read something and realize I forgot I knew that. It should be exciting to see old friends at a training event, sharing new concepts and ideas.
About 70 percent of all law enforcement agencies within the United States and Canada are not large enough to justify more than one or two people working the property function. I think it is exciting to facilitate a class where people compare what they have. In almost every case, members leave feeling that things are better than they thought.
I think that learning, education, professionalism, fun and excitement are all important elements that create job success. I believe in the win-win scenario. Our success is in providing training and information to more members.”
Robin’s dream will become reality when every law enforcement property officer in the world has access to a forum of other professionals in the field, and a regular magazine to share the joys and struggles of the profession, as well as regular training opportunities presented at accessible locations.
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