Evidence Rooms in the News: May 2014

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

Local Police Want Shared Evidence Vault After Current Vaults Covered in Sewage

Western Ill. - May 23, 2014 - Animal feces, carcasses, sewage, and thefts and break-ins by homeless people: these are the conditions encountered by investigators looking into the condition of evidence vaults for the East St. Louis, Alorton, Brooklyn, and Washinton Park police departments in Illinois. The departments have requested to establish a shared vault, possibly utilizing an old police department building that has been vacated for 20 years.

Source: kmov.com

Missing Cash, Drugs at North Slope Borough Police Dept. Spurs Investigation

Barrow, Alaska - May 22, 2014 - An evidence custodian at the North Slope Borough Police Department twice discovered evidence tags attached to empty bags (or not attached to anything at all) in February 2013. The tags were supposed to be labeling bags of cocaine and cash. This information was disclosed in a memo submitted to the Arctic Sounder online newspaper in March.

Source: ktuu.com

Des Moines Police Unveil Evidence Room

Des Moines, Iowa - May 21, 2014 - The Des Moines Police Department provided the public a look at its new $1.7 million evidence room during an open house. The facility includes a vehicle processing facility and space for processing prints and examining evidence.

Source: desmoinesregister.com

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