James Nally

Some of the advancements include

  • Input with the creation of a proprietorial data base management system. (1999-2001)
  • Reform disposition process for SB1342 (1999)
  • Policies & Procedures re-write (2006 & 2014)
  • Creation and Implementation of the M.E.R.T. (Mobile Evidence Response Team) 2006
  • Real time wireless scanning project. (2007 & 2017)
  • Opposition Committee for SB980 (2014)
  • Instructional packaging and booking kiosk (2018)

Affiliation Projects

  • 2014-2018 Former C.A.P.E.  Executive State Board
  • 2017 Seminar Director for the 2017 Annual CAPE State Seminar in Anaheim California.
  • 2017 Fentanyl Subject Matter Expert for the 2018 Emmy award winning “Did You Know Series,” Fentanyl Exposure Risks” for P.O.S.T.
  • 2016-2018 Former consultant and instructor for the P.O.S.T. Evidence Management Course.
  • 2012-2014 Former President of the Orange County Chapter of C.A.P.E.

James Nally is a 27 year veteran with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Before his employment with the Sheriff’s Department, James proudly served as a Law Enforcement Security Policeman in the United States Air Force.

After the military James started his career with OC Sheriff’s and worked several assignments including Correctional Facilities, contracted field operations providing Law enforcement services to a variety of County Facilities and for the past 20 years James has been assigned to the Sheriff’s Property & Evidence Unit.

“Having an understanding of both sides of the lockers has given me an objective perspective,” James says. I realize cops duties in today’s world are complex and demanding, yet as a support function of our agency, the evidence unit is here to ensure that all of their hard work is not lost on a procedural error. We also understand our neutral role as evidence officers can be even more daunting when it comes to the disposition and or the release of evidence items to the people we deem “lawful owners”.

James has been instrumental in a multitude of projects that have helped his unit lead the way in California. James is also married to his wife Stephanie of 16 years and a father to a son. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping in the desert riding off road vehicles, bike riding and watching his son swim competitively.

Rachelle LaPan

Special Assignments Worked/ Areas of Expertise:

Property & Evidence Manager (2002 – present)

Field Evidence Technician (FET) (2002 – present)

Police Officer (1987-1993)

Education / Certificates / Awards:

Honolulu Police Academy Graduate (1987)

Employee of the Year (2003)

CAPE General Member of California Association of Property & Evidence (2003-present)

Certificate in Basic & Advanced Field Evidence Technician, Cal State Long Beach (2003)

CAPE Central Coast Chapter President (2013)

Rachelle LaPan has 24 years in Law Enforcement, including seven years as an Officer with the Honolulu Police Department and the last 17 years as a Community Services Officer (CSO) for the Pismo Beach Police Department. (PBPD) Rachelle has successfully managed the Property and Evidence Unit and the sole Field Evidence Technician for the agency. The Pismo Beach Police Department continues to recognize their P&E Unit for consistently maintaining best practice standards. “This is a must,” Rachelle say’s as part of the department’s accreditation with CALEA (Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) since 2007.

The importance of proper training and management of P&E is a vital part of the overall success of an agency. Rachelle is an active member of CAPE (California Association for Property and Evidence) and has served in many capacities for over 15 years, including on her chapter board and on the executive State Board. She has worked closely with peers and other agencies in bringing some of the best training and networking to property and evidence personnel.


Joining the “Chain Of Custody” team is the next right step, working to provide training and development to those desiring a successful career in the field of Property and Evidence Management. As an Instructor and Training Coordinator, Rachelle hopes to provide the tools for career-minded individuals looking to improve their Evidence Units by developing their skill set with knowledge and leadership.

Selena Gruning

BS Administration of Justice, Bellevue University

Associates in Digital Photography, Phi Theta Kappa, Deans List

Over 200 hours of Field Evidence Training, Crime Scene processing/reconstruction

80 hours of latent print development

Certified Property and Evidence Specialist

2013 Escondido Police Department Community Service Officer of the Year

2016 San Diego Property Officer of the Year, CAPE

2016 Property Officer of the Year for the state of California, CAPE

13 years in law enforcement. I hired on as a Community Service Officer in 2006 and cut my teeth in police work as a patrol CSO, learning the foundations of basic investigations, traffic collisions and evidence collection. I honed my skills in time management, the importance of team work, prioritizing and the fundamentals of building a case that investigators could pursue with results. I endeavor to make myself better through education and training, encourage knowledge sharing among my team better and help my department be an example of how to do things right. I’m honored to be involved in creating a comprehensive training program for Property Evidence folks. We can never forget our WHY: The collection, preservation and presentation of evidence throughout the justice system and its use to help the innocent & convict the guilty. Evidence is my passion.

Mother and Wife
Girl Scout Leader 2017-current
San Diego Chapter Vice President California Association for Property Evidence. 2016-current
Volunteer Sexual Assault Response Team/ DV response team 10 years with the Women’s Resource Center
U.S. Navy Veteran 1995-2004

Jessica Simonds


Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

SRPD Employee of the Year

2016 California Association for Property and Evidence Chapter Property Officer of the Year

2016 California Association for Property and Evidence State Property Officer of the Year


  • Developed and Implemented the SRPD Evidence Unit.
  • Completed five full inventories, 11 random audits of the SRPD Evidence Unit.
  • Requested by Police agencies to completed an audit of their department’s evidence units and provided completed reports with findings and recommendations.


Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Instructor: Evidence & Property Management Course

California Association for Property and Evidence: State Board Member, Director of Training (2016-2018)

International Association for Property and Evidence



FBI-National Academy, VA


“We are the Keepers of the Truth”.

I have worked the last eighteen years with the San Ramon Police Department, including seven years as a Police Service Technician, eleven years as the sole Evidence Coordinator, and now I am the Records and Evidence Manager. I have had many opportunities in my career to be successful and I am dedicated to provide all I can to help others succeed. I believe in “training for success”!