Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie has announced that evidence custodian William Gibson has achieved the designation of certified property and evidence specialist (CPES) awarded by the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc.
Gibson’s attainment of this new professional designation is a result of his attendance at a two-day property and evidence management class, completion of the required period of on-the-job experience in the property function, and the successful completion of a written certification examination.
“Evidence custodian Gibson’s achievement of the CPES designation is a great credit to himself, to this office, and to our community,” McDuffie said. “His expertise is and will continue to be a great assistance to this agency.”
IAPE Executive Director Joseph T. Latta stated, “By achieving the title of CPES, William Gibson has contributed to raising the bar of professionalism for his department and for the criminal justice system.”
Since its inception in 2002, more than 600 individuals from the U.S. and Canada have become designated as certified property and evidence specialists through the IAPE. These individuals are professionals whose job functions include the intake, storage, accountability, security and disposition of evidence and property that comes into the possession of their law enforcement agency.
The CPES program was instituted by IAPE in furtherance of its mission to increase training and professionalism among those who are responsible for evidence and property.