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EVIDENCE TECHNOLOGY By Billy Mitchell Assessing property management needs A ll too often, missing, mis- handled or hard-to-find property and evidence jeopardizes managing di disparate items isparate is a real challenge. A good challlenge. place to start is to track rt star the reputation and hard work of law all evidentiary items within a evidentiary enforcement agencies. Seemingly air- single system. systemm. tight cases can fall apart when evi- Property and evidence manage- dentiary chains-of-custody are ques- - ment systems can provide single- systemms tioned. Furthermore, disorganized, point visibility to the storage loca- ity visibili over-crowded and inefficient prop- tion and security level for every d ecu urity erty and evidence rooms can drain item. Some systems create labels for ate la limited departmental resources. items, track who has had access to Several property and evidence them, and automatically identify utomatically tracking systems have been intro- where items are stored, so they are (4) What is the tracking process acking duced to address this problem. But available to retrieve. when items are destroyed, returned ed how can property room managers These systems help reduce lost to their owners or dispositioned? determine whether these systems evidence by offering property and will meet the specific needs of their evidence supervisors a view of How critical is security? departments? The following ques- exactly where property is located at Securing property and evidence tions can help departments accu- any given time. They can streamline is often just as important as storing, rately assess their tracking needs. evidence handling and improve tracking and accessing it. The most efficiency by making information secure
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