Shorewood police purchase new equipment for digital forensics
Brock A. Stein | 2/13/2015, 10:03 a.m.
Shorewood trustees approved the purchase of a new piece of equipment that will assist its police department in the collection of digital forensics.
The village will pay $17,000 for a mobile forensic solution system that will allow the department to collect digital evidence from cell phones, tablets and computers with a faster turn-around time.
Police Chief Aaron Klima said that village currently sends cell phones and other devices to a Will County lab for evidence collection, a process which can take up to eight weeks. The long lag time can impair investigations he said.
“By doing the forensics in our own house we’ll be able to cut down on that time,” said Klima.
Klima said that the reduced time will depend on the amount of information stored on a device.
Confiscating electronic devices is becoming more common in evidence collection for cases said Klima including cases that can include up to as many as 10.
“In a normal week we still take a couple of devices and send them off to the county’s forensics lab,” he said.
The long wait time represents the increasing demand for digital evidence collection in cases of alleged harassment. The village’s purchase includes training for one officer he said.
“This is just one of those tools that we’re going to have to have in our tool box,” he said.
In other business, the village also approved the purchase a new outdoor warning siren for the cost of $19,900.
The village purchased a similar siren in 2014 to be placed at Cene’s Four Seasons Park in an effort to eliminate the gaps in its coverage.
The new siren will be placed near Black Road and Rollingwood Drive and will provide coverage for the village’s northern border said Chief Aaron Klima.
In addition to the siren at Four Seasons Park, the village has sirens at the intersections of Routes 52 and I-55, 52 and River Road, I-55 and I-80.
Klima said that the department is considering adding one more siren in the village’s south east corner next year.