SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Police Department's evidence room will be computerized, thanks to donations and a gift made Tuesday by a local couple.
A computerized evidence system to track items found at crime scenes will be funded with $126,000, Mayor Jerry Sanders said.
"The new system will save us thousands of hours a year," Sanders said.
"That means less time writing and more time out in the streets."
Sanders said officers now fill out a separate property tag for each piece of evidence logged, and that can add up to about 20 tags in a single case.
"This adds up to 160,000 pieces of property a year and separate tags for each item," police Chief William Lansdowne said.
San Diego Police Foundation board member Ted Fogliani, CEO and founder of Outsource Manufacturing Inc., and wife Monica came up with the idea of modernizing the evidence room after taking a tour of the police station.
"I came down to tour the station and noticed a group of people down in the evidence processing room that work really hard," Fogliani said. "And my wife and I knew we needed to make things more effective and efficient for them, so we got other people involved and knew this was a good time."
Fogliani gave $60,000 to match a donation by AT&T.
The donation will pay for the system, called FileOnQ, and on-going maintenance, Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman said.
The system is already in use at other police departments and some parts will be operational in two or three months, Zimmerman said.
"This donation will push us into the digital age and allows us to monitor all evidence at one time," Zimmerman said.
The FileOnQ system should be fully operational by the end of 2011, she said.
A cloudy start to the week with cooler weather for Monday and Tuesday. At the coast Monday, temperatures will hit the high 60s with high 70s for the inland communities.
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the Navy's Third Fleet, is the scheduled keynote speaker Monday at the annual Memorial Day observance at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
One man was killed and another injured when they were struck by a passenger train in Oceanside, authorities said Monday.
Sunday was all about those who laid their lives on the line and with the number of veterans dwindling each year, many present at a Miramar ceremony hope to keep their memory alive.
A Navy Seal team member has died after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.