Palos Park police modernize evidence room

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Palos Park Police Cmdr. John Sawyer. (Supplied photo)

From staff reports

It has been almost four years since Palos Park Cmdr. John Sawyer began examining and reviewing ways to modernize and upgrade the Palos Park Police Department’s evidence room.

As of May 1, the department’s new evidence software tracking system and improvements to the evidence room processing room is now fully operational as a state-of-the-art tracking system to keep track of all evidence.

Palos Park Police Evidence Officers Diana Campbell and Bob Kotsianis dedicated several years to working on upgrading the evidence room and developing technology to help process and better track evidence.

Chief Joe Miller commended the officers for the upgrades.

“The processing of evidence and evidence room tracking is an extremely important function in any law enforcement agency and these officers dedicated several years to upgrading the entire process,” he said.

Both officers took a deliberate approach to find the best model to integrate the changing technology into processing and maintaining evidence. They recognized constant vigilance in the evidence chain of custody and evidence processing as essential in maintaining controls with computerized evidence logs.

Miller said the upgrade was funded by the Palos Park Police Foundation.

Mother’s Day catering

Miller said the Halikias Family, who are involved in banking and real estate development, will be providing Palos Park police officers working this Mother’s Day a catered dinner for all duty staff.

Chefs from the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park will prepare the food.

“Longtime Palos Parkers, the Halikias family is providing the Mother’s Day meal to say ‘thank you’ to all first responders working during this unusual time and unable to spend the special day with their families,” Miller said.

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