Spoliation: Why Even the Worst Training Records Are Better than No Records at All

While training records may be an afterthought in budget crises, recent litigation highlights the important role that these records serve in our justice system. Failure to manage this evidence correctly cannot only upend a department’s ability to defend itself from criminal and civil claims, but can subject it to claims of spoliation. As the definition and consequences of spoliation continue to broaden, departments must ensure that their records management policies and systems are capable of providing them with the necessary layer of legal defensibility.