Improving Property & Evidence Rooms

Recent news items from across the United States reflect an effort to improve the security and function of local law enforcement property and evidence facilities.

Beach police getting new evidence room

December 28, 2013 - ST AUGUSTINE, Fl. - The property and evidence room at the St. Augustine Beach Police Department is beginning to take shape as the department continues to transform.

Construction began recently on what will become a modern storage room that will include enhanced security.

Having an evidence and property room that is up to state standards is another step toward gaining accreditation, which has been a focus of Chief Robert Hardwick since he took over in January.

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Oversight increased in Ansonia Police Department

January 14, 2014 - ANSONIA, Ct. - Irregularities discovered last year in evidence processing, allegedly involving missing painkillers, at the Ansonia Police Department has prompted the need for increased oversight.

To that end, the Board of Aldermen Tuesday unanimously approved Police Chief Kevin Hale’s request to create an administrative sergeant position. That sergeant will report directly to the administrative lieutenant, and be responsible for supervision of property, records and evidence at the department, as well as be in charge of permits, scheduling and additional administrative tasks as needed, according to Hale.

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SUSD approves funds for audit of police force

January 15, 2014 - STOCKTON, Cal. - The Stockton Unified Board of Trustees on Tuesday night approved spending up to $100,000 for a full audit of its Police Department's operations and procedures, an investigation it hopes will help bring reforms to the unit.

The Stockton Unified police force is undergoing a turbulent transition in replacing retired Police Chief Jim West. There have been two interim chiefs since West retired in August, a lieutenant has been placed on administrative leave, and portions of the department, such as the evidence room, have been described as being "in disarray."

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Hamlet PD needs more storage space

January 15, 2014 - HAMLET, NC - The need for a new headquarters for the Hamlet Police Department has been there for many years, according to city officials.

The city purchased the former A&P grocery store building, located across from City Hall, for $50,000 — a low price not offered to the general public. City officials said in recent interviews that the department simply has run out of space in which to store evidence and operate a city police squad.

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