While the property room in a police department is usually the sole overseer of evidence, the forensic lab—located either inside or outside of the department—shares this responsibility, too. The lab performs testing and analysis of evidence, and then documents findings. Without the ability to automate its operations, a forensic lab can quickly become overwhelmed and backlogs of evidence can balloon. Most lab testing is time-sensitive since so much evidence is tied to pending court cases. For these cases, the software’s ability to generate reports on the results of evidence testing is critical.
See how agencies are overcoming the stuggles related to when evidence goes to lab and are finding significant benefits from integrating thier evidence and LIMS systems.
Sept 20th, 2014 – To accomplish effective evidence management at a law enforcement agency, it is essential to have proper policies, standards and practices. Since this is an intricate, multi-faceted process, automating has become essential. A comprehensive software program can track and control the wide range of critical functions required, yield massive time savings, increase efficiency and establish and maintain mandatory chain of custody. However, once software is acquired and installed, there also must be thorough, consistent training that addresses the specific evidence control needs of each law enforcement agency.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Jan 7, 2014) – Once a homicide investigator collects evidence at a crime scene, he is responsible for making sure that this evidence is brought to a property room and placed in a locker for processing. Because that evidence is instantly linked to a case, there is urgency in securing and preserving it. According to John San Agustin, inspector with the El Paso County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office, “The key thing here is that the chain of custody has to be place.”
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Dec 10, 2013) – Police chiefs of the country’s largest law enforcement agencies have both a responsibility and opportunity to ensure that evidence in their property room is tied to the tightest chain of custody possible. That’s the opinion of the Major Cities Chiefs Association Director Darrel Stephens.