August 2013 - IAPE Monthly News
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Hi Joe,

Need your help. It seem as though every time our detectives serve a search warrant they continually find more and more lap top computers and tablets. Some of these computers are very expensive and I have no way or storing them in and organized manner and to protect them from breakage and easy to located. At the present time they are just stacked one on top of another.    

Can you recommend anything that would provide me an easy way to store and package?



Lotta Computers




Dear, Lotta Computers,  


Interesting that you should ask. I just recently visited a department that had developed a Forensic Task Force that had been routinely serving search warrants in child pornography cases and had taken in over 75 laps tops in the last year. As you mentioned they are somewhat difficult to store, frequently get stacked one top of another and can easily be damaged if dropped. Well, they solved the problem. The solution was right in front of all of us. They used box very similar to a gun box, that work perfectly. Retrieval  is quick, items are safeguarded and the environment looks professional.       

Laptops / Tablets

The above photo could easily represent 27 separate locations, however we would suggest that the represented computer storage be called "computers"  The oldest box is on the top left shelf, while the newest computer is on the bottom shelf right side. Just like reading a book - storage from left to right and move down a shelf. Your newest box will always be at the end (bottom / right).  


In today's internet world you can purchase boxes almost any size desired at vendors such us Uline.com.  Just think out of the box! What else could you store in the same type of box and shelf configurations?   




Joe Latta
News Story of the Month
August 15,, www.myfoxhouston.com / Fox 26

Houston (fox 26) -


The problem plagued crime lab riddled with scandal and a backlog of thousands of rape kits. It was back in 2011 when the department revealed a backlog of more than 6-thousand rape kits that lingered in an evidence room since the 90's. Now we've learned the department is no longer facing a backlog that has left hundreds possibly thousands of women in Houston with delayed justice. Without much fanfare HPD chief Charles Mc Clelland announced there is not a single rape kit sitting and waiting at HPD.


Spokesperson Jodi Silva says all the sex assault kits have been sent out for testing with an independent vendor. This is after receiving the funding from the city to address the ongoing problem. In the meantime, chief Charles McClelland says despite the statute of limitations, if there is DNA evidence every kit will be investigated.

In some cases, the statute of limitations could result in some legal hurdles. But the chief did not address that issue.


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