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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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