Tool Kit: Evidence Management

Here are a few products for your evidence management needs.

This article appeared in the May-June 2020 issue of Evidence Technology Magazine.
You can view that issue here.

Smart Padlock for Access Control
The Tapplock one+ smart padlock features a state-of-the-art fingerprint scanner on the front that allows users to access their items in less than one second. The lock can store up to 500 fingerprints to allow others access, and it has a waterproof rating of IP67—meaning it can be used outdoors and unlocked in any weather conditions. Users can also utilize the Tapplock app to manage other users, track the access history of the lock, and grant mobile access to others via a Bluetooth feature.

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Portable Incinerator Destroys Drugs
The Elastec Drug Terminator is a portable incinerator for the on-site disposal of evidence property and community take-back programs. Law enforcement agencies, military installations, and medical facilities can destroy drugs by injecting them into a cyclone of fire with the Drug Terminator's patented Easy-Feed Cartridge. Elastec also manufactures deposit boxes for drug take-back programs.

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Faraday Cages for Forensic Investigations
The Forensic EMFaraCage from LBA Group is designed specifically for use in forensic investigations. Faraday cages are EMI and RFI shielding boxes and RF test enclosures which bring convenience to device testing. The faraday cage is ideal for isolating critical systems in high-field RF environments or wherever RF ingress or egress must be minimized. Forensic investigation is one of many areas where EMFaraCage faraday shielded enclosures are employed. Sizes are available to accommodate various electronic devices, including cell phones, laptops, tablets, desktops, servers, and hard drives. A variety of input/output connectors, additional interchangeable “bulkheads,” and filtered AC power, lighting, and ventilation are available as well.

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Preserving the Evidence (and Scene) with 360° Imagery
OSCR360 is a crime- and crash-scene camera combined with software that allows you to capture, contain, organize, and present a case. Take a 360° image in 10 seconds. Utilize your 360° photos to contain and store all of your digital evidence. Present a virtual walkthrough of a scene to other officers, attorneys, judges, and juries. OSCR is being used for homicides, burglaries, assaults, fire investigations, crash scenes, preplanning, training, and forensic science curriculum.

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Automated Property Storage Carousel
The Hänel Rotomat vertical carousel is an automated property storage system that solves problems of limited space and poor evidence control in law enforcement. The Rotomat replaces inefficient shelves and cabinets, saving floor space and allowing up to 80% more storage in the same area. All items are safeguarded against theft, contamination, and physical damage. Also, each transaction is recorded to show chain of custody. Evidence is automatically brought to the officer in charge, ensuring the lawful disposition of all property maintained in the evidence room. The Rotomat saves time, reduces costs, and increases accuracy.

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Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems
On average, only 1% of evidence makes it to court—but what happens to the other 99% of the items? All of that inventory needs to be stored in an organized and secure way in the event it is needed for a future case or trial. Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems (ASRS) utilize unused overhead space while maximizing valuable floor space and improving worker ergonomics. McMurray Stern provides cost-effective solutions that improve a department’s ability to handle all types of evidence.

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Customizable and Secure Evidence Storage
Your job: maintain the chain of custody. Spacesaver’s job: provide short-term evidence storage to maintain security and integrity. Spacesaver offers evidence lockers in pass-thru and non-pass-thru options in a variety of compartment sizes and configurations, including refrigerated compartments and mail slots. Made in the USA, these rugged and tamper-proof lockers maintain the chain of custody and provide peace of mind. Spacesaver offers local consultants and factory-certified technicians to help with space planning, installation, and ongoing support.

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Digital Evidence Management
Public safety organizations face increasing time and costs to store and manage digital evidence. VIDIZMO Digital Evidence Management (DEM) System saves organizations valuable time through its simplified ingestion, storage, management, searching, and analysis of all forms of digital evidence using artificial intelligence—while maximizing financial investments by integrating VIDIZMO with existing IT infrastructure such as case management, body-worn camera, or CCTV systems. VIDIZMO is available in CJIS-compliant Government Cloud as a Software as a Service (SaaS), and customers can also deploy it in their Azure, AWS, or on-premises data centers—allowing them to leverage their investment and manage their security.

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Sturdy, Configurable Evidence Lockers
Fasco Security Products’ ELP-772 is a high-security, pass-thru or non-pass-thru evidence locker for use in police stations and courtrooms for temporary evidence storage. These sturdy police evidence lockers are used to securely pass evidence from a non-secured area to a secured area while maintaining the chain of custody. Each unit can be configured differently, with various size compartments. They are also available with a refrigerator insert, or full-size refrigerated units. Units are manufactred with all 16-gauge steel and fully welded construction, with a limited lifetime warranty.

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Full-Service Storage Solutions
SafeStore USA provides long-term evidence storage solutions to law enforcement agencies, maintaining strict chain-of-custody during the entire storage process. For more than 20 years, SafeStore has provided solutions to overcrowded property-and-evidence rooms. The company works to make the storage of DNA, homicide, rape kits, and human trafficking evidence secure, easy, and affordable. Their evidence storage experts provide customized storage solutions that ensures the evidence is properly packaged and stored.

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