Public Safety


20-foot-tall system optimizes space and provides room to grow

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Jul 2019

20-foot-tall system optimizes space and provides room to grow

Law enforcement agencies must store evidence related to serious crimes for decades, usually until the perpetrator has fulfilled his or her sentence. As a result, evidence accumulates from year to year and many agencies are faced with overcrowded long-term evidence storage areas. In an effort to solve this problem, a growing number of police departments and sheriffs’ offices are building off-site warehouses for long-term evidence...

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Custom Benches Created for Police Lockers

20

May 2019

Custom Benches Created for Police Lockers

Like many cities and towns across the Midwest, a city north of Chicago had to cut down thousands of ash trees due to infestation by an insect called the emerald ash borer. Although this was a tragedy in many ways, the public works department had the foresight to keep the trunks of many of the larger trees in hopes that something positive might come out...

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Keep police uniforms and equipment organized

06

Mar 2019

Keep police uniforms and equipment organized

Police departments need to keep a variety of items on hand for issuing to officers and staff, including badges, safety vests, uniforms, shoes, and other gear. In the U.S., this function is generally referred to as “quartermaster” while in Canada it’s sometimes called “quarterstores.” The Halton Regional Police Quarterstores Services, located on the outskirts of Toronto, coordinates all supplies within the police organization, including thousands...

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A Custom Weapons Workbench

01

Oct 2018

A Custom Weapons Workbench

Weapons maintenance plays a vital role in law enforcement agencies. Keeping officers’ weapons in good working order helps ensure the safety of those officers and the general public, and routine maintenance also extends the useful life of costly firearms. When the police department in O’Fallon, Mo., was in the early stages of planning a new facility, one of the items on the officers’ wish list...

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Variety of locker styles in one police department locker room

05

Sep 2018

Variety of locker styles in one police department locker room

This police department in California wanted to improve the appearance and function of its locker room. Spacesaver worked with the architect to design five different locker styles that checked off major items on the officers’ wish list: • Benches with drawers to optimize space • Electrical outlets inside the lockers to allow device charging • Sloped tops to prevent officers from piling items on top...

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Evidence Storage Designed for Sheriff’s Department

04

Jun 2018

Evidence Storage Designed for Sheriff’s Department

Located in suburban Chicago, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department takes in about 5500 pieces of evidence and property every year. The department had been storing evidence in a pole barn, where security concerns were an issue, as well as in the basement of the county jail, where aging overhead pipes presented concerns about leaks possibly damaging or destroying evidence. When the county gave the department...

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Improve organization and store police gear at the point of need

05

Mar 2018

Improve organization and store police gear at the point of need

Police officers need a convenient place to store duty gear such as first aid kits, evidence collection kits, hats, and winter coats. Ideally these items can be stored near cruisers for convenient access, and separately from street clothing and other personal items. Officers at the police department in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, were storing their duty gear in an unused room. It was cluttered and unsightly,...

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Refrigerated Evidence Storage: Saving space and keeping evidence organized

05

Feb 2018

Refrigerated Evidence Storage: Saving space and keeping evidence organized

While laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, evidence for serious crimes must usually be kept for decades. Evidence must be stored securely to maintain the chain of custody, and it must be organized to facilitate retrieval for testing and presentation in court. In addition to these requirements, biological evidence presents an additional storage challenge: it must be kept cold. All this evidence adds up, and...

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Compact Storage Created for Evidence Warehouse

03

Jan 2018

Compact Storage Created for Evidence Warehouse

The Calgary Police Department was renting an evidence warehouse that held property and evidence for all districts in the growing city. Although the department’s evidence systems were accredited, the warehouse was relatively distant from police headquarters and the rent added up to a significant long-term cost. A planning team decided that a vacant lot adjacent to headquarters provided the ideal opportunity to create a centralized,...

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Spacesaver doorless response lockers boost readiness and organization.

06

Sep 2017

Spacesaver doorless response lockers boost readiness and organization.

When the Carbondale Police Department in Carbondale, Illinois, got funding to build a new facility, the design team brought in a St. Louis-based Spacesaver consultant to design storage solutions throughout the building, including personal lockers, high-density records storage, and modern evidence storage. The consultant also worked with Spacesaver’s internal teams to design lockers for the department’s Special Response Team. The lockers needed to be large...

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