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SRPD Opens its Property and Evidence Bureau in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

(L-R) Commander Jonathan Gann, SRPD Property and Evidence Bureau Manager Dawn Richards, SRPMIC Vice-President Ricardo Leonard, SRPD Chief of Police Karl Auerbach and David Dallas of MayDall Construction participate in the SRPD Property and Evidence Bureau Ribbon Cutting.

The Salt River Police Department opened its new Property and Evidence Bureau in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the morning of July 12.

The event started off with a prayer from Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council member Wi-bwa Grey and a welcome from SRPD Chief Karl Auerbach and SRPMIC Vice-President Ricardo Leonard.

Leonard recalled what the old police property and evidence building was like and how it wasn’t as secure as they would have liked. With the help of the Community manager, funding was secured to finally get the new facility built.

Following the ribbon cutting, Community members and guests were given tours of the new facility.
“Today would not be possible without contributions, efforts and teamwork,” said Chief Auerbach. “The SRPD Evidence Bureau building will provide better service to the Community and better working conditions to the property and evidence bureau professionals and SRPD police officers.”

The facility will be the Community’s safe, state-of-the-art storage facility and will have storage capacity for years to come to ensure the SRPD meets industry standards and practices.

SRPD Chief of Police Karl Auerbach invites the early enrichment program to tour the facility first by giving them police badge stickers. Large storage areas of where property and evidence will be held was open to the public.
Shortly after the welcome addresses, a ribbon-cutting was held and public tours were offered. More than 125 guests viewed the facility. The facility is responsible for receiving, booking and safely storing criminal evidence, found property and property held for safekeeping. The building measures 13,778 square feet and has two main areas: the warehouse/office and evidence processing areas. The site is on 4.5 acres and has a 2-acre vehicle impound unit near the Way of Life Facility.

Community members and guests were able to see where the property and evidence staff would be working.