After lab closure, daunting questions on DNA-based convictions remain


Thousands of people — defense attorneys estimate 4,000 to 5,000, while prosecutors say fewer than 3,600 — were convicted using evidence processed by the Police Department's forensics lab between 2004 and 2016, Enter Article DATE HERE The shuttering of the Austin Police Department's forensics lab after an audit found unscientific protocols and ...
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Fentanyl fears force policy change, testing backlog within Arizona DPS


"CAUTION! EVIDENCE CONTAINS FENTANYL or its ANALOG" September 12, 2017 A half-used sheet of fluorescent-yellow stickers at a workstation in the state's crime lab is an indicator of more than just the phrase stamped in bold, black letters: "CAUTION! EVIDENCE CONTAINS FENTANYL or its ANALOG" It's proof of an ever-intensifying and dangerous national i...
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Former Dickinson County lieutenant accused of theft


Swanson is accused of stealing between $1,500 and $25,000 in cash that was seized in evidence at the sheriff's office Enter Article DATE HERE ABILENE — Former Dickinson County Sheriff's Lt. Greg Swanson is scheduled to make a first appearance in Dickinson County District Court in October on felony charges of theft, official misconduct and crim...
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Confiscated Guns Must Be Sold, Not Destroyed, Rules Arizona Supreme Court


The court said the local ordinance runs afoul of several state laws. August 18, 2017 The Arizona Supreme Court ruled the city of Tucson can no longer destroy firearms that have been confiscated by police or turned in by citizens. In an extensive ruling issued Thursday, the justices voided a 2005 Tucson ordinance that says the Police Department, aft...
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Wagoner County sheriff's office to auction off hundreds of guns, other items Saturday


Approximately 300 weapons will be available. August 17, 2017 WAGONER — Property rooms used by the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office are overflowing with items, but not for long. On Saturday, a sheriff's auction is planned at the Wagoner Civic Center to dispose of things that have been stored for upward of three decades. The auction will be conducted ...
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Slaughter enters guilty plea in federal court for gun theft at Ellis County Sheriff’s Office


Enter Headline here August 5, 2017 DALLAS — Former Ellis County Sheriff's Lt. Philip Slaughter entered a guilty plea for his role in a gun theft in the United States District Court in Dallas late last week. Slaughter, who entered the plea on July 28, took responsibly for stealing and selling firearms from the sheriff's office property room during h...
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How software systems can help PDs manage evidence


Evidence software manufacturers are implementing systems that save time and improve operational efficiency for both police officers and evidence personnel July 31, 2017 When it comes to managing evidence and securing chain of custody, police departments are increasingly relying on software systems . Though there may be some type of paper trail reta...
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City employees, officials testify about potential breach of evidence room


Six people with connections to the City of Meridian testified in a hearing regarding a potential breach of the police evidence room. July 24, 1017 MERIDIAN, TX (KXXV) - On Monday, six people with connections to the City of Meridian testified in a hearing regarding a potential breach of the police evidence room. The Bosque County District Attorney A...
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