Evidence Rooms in the News

Here's a quick summary of some evidence rooms making headlines across the United States in April 2014.

Ormond Police Department looks to regain accreditation

Ormond Beach, Fla. - April 18, 2014 - Two years ago, an audit revealed issues with the Ormond Beach Police Department's property room. Disorganized piles of evidence dating back to the 1970s and the theft of $3,000 cash and heroin by a janitor led to the department losing its accreditation with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. Now, following significant changes, the agency is set for re-accreditation.
Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Indian River County, Fla. - April 18, 2014 - A new forensic sciences complex for the Indian River County Sheriff's Office features a new, state-of-the-art evidence room … a significant upgrade from the previous, over-stuffed evidence room(s) that were divided between two buildings.

Salt Lake City, Utah - April 15, 2014 - Hundreds of untested rape kits are sitting in the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, and the city council is a asking why. At a hearing on the matter, Chief Chris Burbank told the council that in 2013, 27,000 pieces of evidence were collected by the police department, and that "All of those potentially have some sort of DNA value," he told FOX 13. "To process every single one of those, it's not feasible. So we constantly are evaluating to make decisions."
Source: KSTU-FOX 13

Wenatchee, Wash. - April 13, 2014 - The then chief of patrol for the Chelan County Sheriff's Office told officials he needed to check out drugs from the evidence room for a departmental class, but it turned out that he needed the drugs to teach a drug-identification class for his personal company. As a result, he has been demoted to a position as sergeant with the sheriff's office.
Source: Yakima Herald
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