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Posted on: November 30, 2009

[ARCHIVED] Parker Police to Upgrade Evidence Management System

The Parker Police Department has been awarded funding through one of the 2009 Federal Stimulus grants (Department of Justice Recovery Act), to purchase an evidence management system that will meet current guidelines set forth by our agency and the International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE). After researching several systems and comparing cost and functionality, the Department identified a program developed by the Porter Lee Corporation as best fitting our requirements and funding options. The program is called the Bar-coded Evidence Analysis, Statistics, and Tracking (BEAST) system.

The system is an extremely valuable tool for maintaining evidence integrity and control, which is absolutely essential in the law enforcement community today. It will ensure that property held by the Parker Police Department is properly tracked, stored, transferred and meets efficient and accountable dispositions.

Evidence management has become exponentially important in recent years, due in large part to advancements in DNA and in evidence retention legislation. A powerful Evidence Management System provides assurance to a police agency and the community it serves that all property held is handled in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and local procedures.

The BEAST system enables any audit or inventory reports generated by the BEAST system to accurately reflect any discrepancies in all evidence ever submitted to the property room. The BEAST utilizes state-of-the-art matrix barcodes to speed information transfer with a high level of data integrity and security. The BEAST evidence management system is currently used by over 390 Police Agencies throughout the United States, with some international customers as well.

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