Joseph T. Latta is a retired police Lieutenant who served with the City of Burbank Police Department, California for thirty years. Joseph has an Associates Degree in Business Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the California Command College were he conducted a two year research project related to “Management of Property and Evidence Operations.” 

In 1986, Joseph Latta graduated from the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia... During his law enforcement career, Joseph worked in the Uniform Patrol, in the Investigations and in the Support Services components of his agency. From 1981 to 1998 Lieutenant Latta was the project manager who oversaw the construction of a $30 million new Police and Fire Headquarters. During those same years he also served as the Support Services Lieutenant overseeing his agency’s property room.

Mr. Latta is  currently the primary instructor for the International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. (IAPE) and has conducted classes in ever state and province in the United States and Canada. Additionally, he previously was on the faculty of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.) instructing on property and evidence operations for over 10 years. 

In 1997 Mr. Latta was appointed as the Executive Director of IAPE where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association and the servicing of the more than 4,500 members. In 2010, Joseph Latta was asked to become a charter member of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Technical Working Group (TWG) on the Preservation of Biological Evidence. Mr. Latta is one of the co-authors of the NIST/National Institute of Justice (NIJ) “Handbook for the Preservation of Biological Evidence” that was published in April, 2013.

Being the President of Evidence Control Systems, Inc. Mr. Latta has conducted nearly one hundred Audits, Inventories and consulting jobs around the United States and Canada. Link to client list (

Mr. Latta has written three books on Property and Evidence Management over the last 30 years.

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