Troopers call for evidence database upgrade

Accountability — By on July 13, 2010 at 4:13 PM

(AlaskaWatchdog.org) After struggling with more than a few gaps in their evidence database, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers are on the brink of updating a system that has been in place since 1984.

Director Col. Gary Folger said the current system does not sort or categorize items in any kind of searchable database, making it difficult to compile any sort of record of seized items.

“When we seize evidence, whether it’s hair on a murder scene or an airplane, we assign a letter code,” Folger said. “But records wise, it’s very much possible to fall through the cracks.”

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