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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.

In addition to evidence intake, storage and release of evidence employees of the Property and Evidence Section also conducts “Discovery” viewings of evidence. These hearings are for prosecuting and defense attorneys to view evidence prior to judicial proceedings. These hearings are very time consuming as the employee must pull the evidence, remain with the evidence during the viewing and return the evidence to its original storage location.

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 a 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.

The custody of evidence is extremely important in all cases. Employees of the Property and Evidence Section are an integral part of the “Chain of Custody” of evidence they handle and store. When evidence is introduced in judicial proceedings Property and Evidence Custodians are often required to provide courtroom testimony as to any/all their involvement with the evidence being introduced.

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 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.



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