Property Room News - October 2016

Police agency property and evidence rooms get a lot of media attention, both positive and negative. Here are a few of the recent P&E headlines.

Scranton police evidence room: 'A little bit of everything'


October 16, 2016 — SCRANTON, Pa. — The Scranton Police Department's evidence room stores a plethora of items, from everyday evidence that usually stays for about five years before it is disposed of or returned, to homicide evidence that never leaves.

Police Under Investigation After Cop Overdoses On Drugs Inside Station

October 14, 2016 — JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police department has come under review after one of its officers overdosed while on duty and now the local district attorney’s office is calling the officer’s drug cases into question for possible misconduct and evidence-tampering.

FBI, state police missing money investigation expands in Petersburg

October 13, 2016 — PETERSBURG, Va. — A state and federal investigation was launched after suspicions were raised that $9,700 had been taken illegally from the police department's evidence room. That dollar amount has now grown to about $13,000.

Midstate township plans new government building, park

October 13, 2016 — SWATARA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A combination of grants, existing funds, and a 30-year bond will help the Swatara Township build a new government building, including an improved evidence room to replace the current one "that is not ventilated and ... "smells of marijuana on both floors," according to Swatara Township Manager Jan LeBlanc.

Ingham County okays money to assist audit of sheriff’s evidence room

October 12, 2016 — LANSING, Mich. — The Ingham County Board of Commissioners has approved up to $20,000 to hire a retired assistant prosecuting attorney to assist Michigan State Police in conducting an audit of the Ingham County Sheriff's Office evidence room. The audit was requested after a water leak destroyed or damaged an unknown amount of evidence.

APD evidence warehouse running out of room, officials say

October 12, 2016 — AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department's 58,000 square foot property room is now at 95 percent capacity.

Page PD to Burn Through Evidence Backlog

October 13, 2016 — PAGE, Ariz. — The Page Police Department requested from the City Council a cyclonic burn barrel to increase their efficiency in disposing of evidence.



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