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Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker has made some marked improvements to the way his department tracks evidence after it's collected in investigations.
The Sheriff's Department recently spent approximately $7,000 on new computer hardware and software with the purpose of helping to keep track of evidence brought into the office.
Whittaker also has put officer Josh Toomey in charge of the department's evidence room and tasked him with getting all the evidence logged into the new system.
"He's been doing a really good job with that," Whittaker said.
The system the sheriff's department is now using is called "evidence tracker" and it is provided by Progressive Microtechnology, Inc. (PMI); a company that designs custom inventory and asset management systems that incorporate barcoding for use by police departments to help keep track of evidence.
Sheriff Whittaker also called in the Kentucky State Police to come in and consult with the new system.
"They came down and checked it out and said we're doing everything we're supposed to do," Sheriff Whittaker said.
KSP Lt. Bryan Whittaker (who is not related to Sheriff Whittaker) headed up the consultation and said that he was impressed with the changes made at the sheriff's department.
"He's made some good improvements — and it needed to be done," Lt. Whittaker said. "It wasn't anything that we don't see in a lot of departments that size though. When it come to evidence collection, there is always going to be ways you can improve what you're doing; even for the KSP."
Sheriff Whittaker said still in the process of putting old evidence into the new system and expects KSP to come back and look over the evidence room again once it is completed.