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Long-Term Evidence Storage

Departments of all sizes have the same challenges–especially when it comes to storage.

They all have too much evidence, property, and equipment and not enough space. They also face another issue, which is the lack of funding to solve storage problems.

Capitol City, Wisconsin by the Numbers:

Long-Term Evidence Storage

Space Assessment Key Findings

Existing total police department space: 11,662 sq. ft.

Preferred current police department space: 24,342 sq. ft.

Projected space needed by 2020: 27,784 sq. ft.

Projected space needed by 2030: 36,010 sq. ft.

Additional space needed for current evidence storage and processing: 3,912 sq. ft.

Current five-year capital improvement plan: $0 (no funding)

Long-Term Evidence Storage

Population: 25,000*

# of sworn officers: 48

# of years in current building: 16

# of years until new building/renovation: 5-10**

# of storage inefficiencies in current building: Too many to count

Amount of available space for new evidence: 0

Amount of available funding: Not much

*Suburb of Madison, Wisconsin: Population 25,000

**Realistically: 10-15 years

Immediate Needs Guide
  1. Additional space in long-term evidence room–enough for additional evidence and room for larger evidence processing space
  2. Added security for narcotics and weapons evidence
  3. Updated temporary evidence lockers to accommodate a variety of evidence sizes and preserve the chain of custody
  4. Proper storage for officer duty bags
  5. Updated officer lockers for gear
  6. Options that could be configured easily for future building/expansion

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