Cash counters help public agencies make better use of their budgets
Law enforcement agencies at all levels of government can use cash counters to more efficiently process and document large quantities of seized money. Budgets have been tight for many public organizations in the last several years. This has made it especially difficult for many police units to secure the kind of funding necessary to conduct expensive investigations and programs that prevent crime from spreading throughout local communities. However, automated technology that is affordable and can quickly count, scan and document serial numbers associated with seized cash can make it much easier for these institutions to save money on time-consuming administrative tasks.
Law enforcement officers work hard to fight crime and complete investigations. According to Lawrence Journal-World, a daily newspaper based in Lawrence, Kan., Douglas County has seized much more cash in recent years ever since a district attorney approved legislation that gives these agencies more discretion over when it decides to bring crime-related money into its own possession. For example, county officials processed a total of $263,174 in 2013, which is almost twice as much as the amount seized in 2012.
Money counters create savings for law enforcement agencies
Many public agencies can benefit from the money obtained during law enforcement operations. In Kansas, even though government institutions are prohibited from using this cash for salary expenses, the funds can still be put toward training programs and other issues directly affecting operations. The convenience of utilizing a cash counter to reduce the time it takes to process this money and scan the serial numbers on individual bills can also lead to substantial cost savings that may help institutions avoid the need to make staffing cuts. A recent article from the Bucks County Courier Times reported that the Pennsylvania State Police are in the middle of a trooper shortage related to budget shortfalls. Even though Gov. Tom Corbett's proposal for the next fiscal year would help the agency fix this problem, it could still take several years for the department to operate at full capacity. Leveraging the full benefits of money counter technology can make it easier for organizations like this to make better use of their available funding and resources. Investing in these machines will create more efficient departments that are better equipped to continue protecting local communities from crime.