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SPACE: The Final Frontier

SPACE: The Final Frontier

Remember William Shatner's voice-over during the opening credits for the original Star Trek TV series? It began: "Space. The final frontier." It perfectly set the stage for the ambitious new sci-fi series about the crew of a starship on a five-year mission to explore beyond our solar system into the reaches of seemingly infinite space. Outer...

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Ensuring Accountability: Standards and Regulations Governing Privatized Evidence Storage Providers

Ensuring Accountability: Standards and Regulations Governing Privatized Evidence Storage Providers

Privatizing long-term evidence storage for law enforcement is a cost-effective, practical option for many agencies. However, the practice of safeguarding, handling, and storing criminal case evidence is governed by federal and state law, rules of evidence, and even the fundamentals of science in some cases. All these regulations must be strictly...

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The Cost and Challenges of New Evidence Room Construction

The Cost and Challenges of New Evidence Room Construction

Are you a sheriff or police chief whose agency needs more space in your aging evidence room? Are your access control, video, or alarm systems draining that maintenance line item of your budget? What about the HVAC system? Is it providing the varying temperature and humidity levels required for proper evidence preservation? Should we even mention...

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A Race the Rats Cannot Win

A Race the Rats Cannot Win

Recently, the chief of a large U.S. city police department went before her city council to describe the "deplorable" conditions of her police headquarters building. The facility, built in 1968, was experiencing an infestation of cockroaches, rats, and other physical plant issues, making it nearly unworkable for its personnel.  A huge issue was...

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Exploring the Role of the Private Sector in Long-Term Evidence Storage: Advantages and Considerations

Exploring the Role of the Private Sector in Long-Term Evidence Storage: Advantages and Considerations

Proper evidence management is one of law enforcement's most basic but vital daily tasks. Collection, packaging, preservation, transportation, storage, and retrieval - all while maintaining a documented chain of custody history - must be accomplished in a near-perfect manner to ensure the integrity of the evidence throughout its journey through...

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