Evidence, files, weapons, gear, supplies, uniforms—think about how many times you store something that pertains to these on a daily basis at a police department. And, at the same time, think about the space where you store these important items. Chances are, they’re lacking.
Whether you’re in the planning stages of a new police department or public safety building or simply looking to create more space in your current facility, we can help. In designing a comprehensive police department and public safety storage solution for Salt Lake City’s new Public Safety Building, our goal was the same as architect and planning team—to make sure all the storage spaces were built inside the facility. Downtown Salt Lake City has an extremely high cost per square foot, and there was no way the department was going to have a brand-new building with a storage warehouse attached.
Once the evidence is “bagged and tagged”, it needs a long-term place to live—and there’s never enough room, due to the statute of limitations for certain pieces and types of evidence. And, even though only about 1% of collected evidence ever makes it to court, property and evidence room managers are hesitant to purge items—leading to disorganization, lost evidence, and wasted time finding items.
In many long-term evidence applications, the use of mobile shelving systems are three times more space efficient than static shelving—at half the cost. Incredibly customizable and able to accommodate and shape and size of evidence, Spacesaver offers a variety of mobile systems that will fit your evidence inventory:
When officers and public safety personnel must move quickly, the last thing they need is to be held up by having to run and get gear. Gear lockers and duty bag storage is a heavy-duty storage solution for bulky bags, boots, electronics, and tactical vests.
With perforated doors for ventilation and added visibility, officers can ensure their gear is ready and right where they needed. Salt Lake City’s officers appreciate their gear bag storage, which is located conveniently next to the patrol car garage.
Many departments within Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building were in need of compacted storage housed in one location—one example being their Quartermaster and Armory facilities. “We needed to store our most sensitive equipment—bulletproof vests, weapons, gas masks—in the correct way,” says Martin Cauffman, Salt Lake City Quartermaster.
To aid with the goal of increased access and safety, high-density mobile storage systems were installed, and on them, weapons racks were attached to provided the level of security and organization the department was looking for. “The system allows the open access my staff needs—these people are accountable for a monthly inventory, and with this new way of doing things, they can do a physical ‘eyes-on’ count—which saves a lot of time and resources.”
When it comes to police department storage, there’s still a large amount of paper reports, files, and records to deal with—and try to figure out a place for. Salt Lake City utilized a high-density mobile system to keep compact their current inventory of records and make sure they had space for future growth. These systems can be outfitted with an audit control system to secure a department’s most high-security records.