High Density Shelving advances evidence storage
A sheriff's department recently remodeled its evidence storage area and incorporated a mobile high density evidence storage solution to increase space and significantly extend their storage capacity. The sheriff's facility and county justice system tries 8,000 to 10,000 criminals a year and includes a massive county jail facility as well as an extensive technical services bureau that oversees all evidence administration.
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Ongoing advances in forensics sciences and DNA technologies have placed new demands on crime scene investigations and evidence storage requirements. Internal affairs cases now require evidence to be stored for 55 years; sexual assault cases require 75 years of storage; and homicide evidence for 99 years. This makes evidence storage a space and time consuming process. The technical services bureau of the sheriff's facility is responsible for the crime lab, scene investigation, fingerprint identification, and evidence storage. These new storage requirements have placed a significant burden on their evidence storage, and the sheriff's facility now take in more than 1,700 submissions a month. Most of these submissions will stay in storage for five generations.
Outside storage was not an option for evidence storage. Ensuring proper offsite security would have been difficult and costly and required a secure retrofitted facility with a full-time security staff. Their only option was to solve their storage problem with an onsite solution.
Installing the mobile high density evidence storage solution extended the storage capacity in their existing facility by five to six years and allowed them more time to explore a more extensive long-term solution. Five mechanical assist mobile systems are used to store nearly 200,000 evidence items ranging from very small to large and bulky. Two systems are dedicated for the storage of crime scene items pertaining to homicides, and another large system stores criminal evidence and found or seized property. Two systems are dedicated to the storage of crime scene items pertaining to homicides, and two smaller systems store seized long-arms and handguns in locked vaults. With the high density evidence storage systems, the department was able to quadruple their weapons storage and double their evidence storage.
Maintaining tight security and accounting for every item is also critical. Efficient storage not only double space, but it also improves accountability of firearms and other materials. Each item is bar coded, entered into a tracking system, and assigned a storage location. The entire inventory is reconciled annually through a rolling physical inventory. The high density evidence storage solution has helped the department carefully maintain and document evidence for future trials so they can continue to help bring criminals to justice.
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Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for high density evidence storage solutions, mobile storage, and more for increasing space and storage density in a variety of applications. We will even provide a free consultation to determine your facility's exact storage needs before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a public safety storage specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.