February 9, 2016
If you’ve spent time in this business, you’ve been there a hundred or a thousand times before on search warrants. The exciting part is making entry, letting the bad guy realize the gig is up, and then searching for that evidence which will make the case. It’s the culmination of your investigative work, yet the scene quickly loses its glamour as you settle into the routine of bagging and tagging evidence. The ubiquitous magic marker is deployed and every bag and envelope is marked. If you’re lucky, the young guy with the best handwriting is chosen for the job. Next, the department forms are completed and, finally, the Pennsylvania Receipt / Inventory of Seized Property. Once back at the office, you will find yourself sitting at a desk surrounded by all those bags and envelopes. Your job now is to enter all of that information into the department’s evidence management system so that all of the necessary labeling is completed. Isn’t there a better way?
Searching for and seizing the evidence was the easy part. The forms you fill out for the court and the department are at least as much, if not more, work. The PDEVIDENCE Evidence Management System allows law enforcement officers to log their evidence while still in the field. Add a sub $200 printer and you will be barcoding every item and leaving the scene faster. The best part is there is no manual Pennsylvania search warrant receipt to complete. Use PDEVIDENCE to fill in the blanks, choose the items seized, and instantly create the AOPC Pennsylvania Receipt / Inventory of Seized Property.
It’s time to quit triplicating your efforts on search warrants in Pennsylvania.