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Forensic Division
Property and Evidence Section

The Property and Evidence Section is an integral part of the Forensic Division and law enforcement community. The Section primarily supports the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and Greenville Police Department. The main functions of the Forensic Division Property and Evidence Section are the receipt, storage, and release of evidence at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center. Additionally, the Property and Evidence Section acts as a liaison between the evidence contributors and the laboratories of the Forensic Division used for analysis. In instances involving external agencies, the Property and Evidence Section provides temporary storage for evidence awaiting laboratory analysis.

All evidence must be fully tracked and stored properly in order to be introduced in judicial proceedings. In some instances, evidence must continue to be stored long after the court cases have been adjudicated. The Property and Evidence Section uses an evidence versatile evidence tracking system that uses bar code scanning and tracking. This system has greatly improved the efficiency of the Property and Evidence Section and has added increased functionality previously unavailable. Aside from the benefits to the Property and Evidence Section, the current system has allowed functionality to the Forensic Division Laboratories which allows them to monitor cases/items staged for analysis and their status.

With the growing importance of physical evidence in criminal cases and judicial proceedings, officers collect ever increasing amounts of evidence. This has created storage issues and within the limited amount of space assigned to the Property and Evidence Section. Management has confronted this by seeing and receiving Capital Improvement Funding for the renovation of the existing storage facilities. New and more efficient shelving solutions have been purchased and employed to better utilize the current space. This new shelving allows for the storage of more evidence in the same amount of space available. As part of this ongoing renovation project the security in the Property and Evidence Section has been significantly enhanced.