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Keeping Evidence Technicians In Charge

Integrating USB ports in Waukesha PD’s evidence lockers.

December 1st, 2023 - less than a minute read

The evidence your local police department collects to prosecute alleged offenders can come in all shapes, sizes, and states. That known, a wide array of resources must be employed to preserve the integrity of materials from the moment they are seized to when prosecutors utilize them to close the case.

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New Building, New Challenges

With any growing precinct, the Waukesha Police Department found it had surpassed the limits of its current building and needed to design a newer, larger home base. As planning progressed, administrators began checking off their list of “must-haves” for the space.

One of which – driven by the realization that practically everyone has a smart phone or tablet – was to integrate USB charging capabilities within their evidence storage solutions that would allow electronics to be stored fully-charged and in the state of operation their owner left them. By doing so, digital evidence would remain accessible to technicians and protected from sophisticated but nefarious external entities.

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Plug-In Placation

Despite employing alternative solutions including the use of Faraday Boxes, department heads knew they needed additional backup from their trusted partners at Spacesaver. Working with Spacesaver’s in-house engineering and design teams and local storage representative, the department was able to incorporate a bank of evidence lockers that would facilitate in-locker charging. Now, officers can keep a suspect’s portable electronic device (or in some cases, devices) safe, secure, and undeterred until the technician is ready to process it.

The end result was an engineered-to-order solution that offered a USB port in 8 of the 51 evidence lockers, each with pass-through capabilities to ensure a seamless transition from officer drop off to technician handling to use by the prosecutor’s office.

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