Hi-tech solution to courier problem

Securely transporting evidence and other items to and from forensic service providers has proved to be logistically challenging and resource intensive for many police forces.

May 8, 2008
By Paul Jacques
Marc Jones

Securely transporting evidence and other items to and from forensic service providers has proved to be logistically challenging and resource intensive for many police forces.

A collection and delivery service being provided by Tek-niche Products (TNP) should make this problem a thing of the past.

Operating from a number of strategic locations across the country, Tek-niche courier and logistics service operates a fleet of vehicles, each of which is fully tracked and has an integrated satellite navigation system. On-board computers can provide a fully-detailed report that includes speed, location and activity of individual doors on the vehicle, which can be printed for continuity or court purposes.

In addition, there are recordable CCTV cameras in all vehicle load spaces with images being downloaded to secure data storage facilities.

Each vehicle can be configured to carry individually numbered tamper evident crates, faraday boxes and refrigerators. Similarly, Tek-niche will provide an internal logistics service within police forces for the inter-transfer of forensic submissions as well as a collection and delivery service to and from police forces and forensic service providers.

Firearms vehicles have specially built-in weapons and ammunition cages.

Chris Whattam, managing director of TNP, said: “These vehicles have been designed and built to comply with the current Home Office guidelines on the storage and transportation of firearms and their security will be further enhanced when cyber-locks are fitted to replace the current 7-lever locks.”

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