P&E Room News - April 2016

News about renovations and improvements to police department evidence rooms dominated the Property & Evidence headlines early this month.

Evidence of Improvement
April 10, 2016 — ENID, OKLA — The Evidence Division at the Enid Police Department was recently remodeled, adding four times more space, updating security, and switching from a wooden dropbox for after-hours evidence drops to 28 individual pass-thru evidence lockers.

Former Cop Sentenced in Theft from Evidence Room
April 9, 2016 — READING, PA — A former Reading police officer was sentenced Friday in Berks County Court to three years of probation for taking $20,700 from the police evidence room where he was assigned to log and store evidence.

Evidence Room Nears Completion
April 8, 2016 — HANFORD, CALIF — The Hanford Police Department has nearly finished renovating its new evidence room, which will consolidate nine existing storage locations. Capt. Pat Crowe said the department will likely begin moving evidence into the building sometime in the next couple of months. HPD currently stores evidence in multiple locations, including converted closets and a room with a nonfunctioning electric generator.

Houston Rape Kit Backlog Back; Will Be Erased by July, Lab Pledges
April 6, 2016 — HOUSTON, TEXAS — More than a year after Houston's leaders celebrated the official end of a backlog of thousands of rape kits, some dating back to the 1980s, the backlog has begun creeping up again -- and the city lab that does the testing promised Wednesday the new backlog will be erased by July 1.

Chicopee City Council Spends $20,000 More to Renovate Police Dept. Evidence Room: Says "Tip of Iceberg" in Station Renovations
April 6, 2016 — CHICOPEE, MASS — The City Council agreed to add about $20,000 to the cost of renovating the Police Department evidence room. The cost is the first step in what is expected to be an about $5 million project to renovate the Public Safety complex. "In recent review of the project, the cost of the shelving/cabinets (evidence lockers)...will exceed the original appropriation by $17,000," Police William R. Jebb wrote to the council.

Hikvision Video Surveillance Secures Crime Lab in Colorado
April 4, 2016 — CITY OF INDUSTRY, CALIF — Hikvision USA has provided a state-of-the art surveillance solution to Colorado's Greenwood Village Police Department for use in its crime lab. This solution, which incorporates Video Content Analysis (VCA) as well as 360° fisheye technology, allows the Greenwood Village police to protect forensic evidence from external threats as well as improve employee accountability and monitor departmental procedure.

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