Police agencies are dedicated to fighting drug-related crime every day, making the cost-saving advantages of investing in automated cash counters all the more pertinent. Using taxpayer dollars to ensure the safety of local communities often comes with heightened scrutiny from the public. Drug enforcement agencies have a vested interest in demonstrating their ability to reduce crime while also utilizing a variety of efficient practices that keep overhead spending levels as low as possible. Technology that makes it possible to count seized money and scan serial numbers for evidence and investigative purposes is one of the most reliable additions to any back-office police operation.
The need for efficiency has become especially apparent in Nebraska, ever since neighboring Colorado legalized the use of recreational marijuana. The Omaha World-Herald reported that many state and local agencies are finding themselves shouldering larger costs because of arrests and violations involving people who have illegally transported Colorado marijuana across state lines.
Preventing drug-related crime is no easy task, which is why federal, state and local groups devote a large number of resources to on-the-ground operations. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the U.S. spends a collective $51 billion fighting both the distribution and use of illegal substances. Tracking down large volumes of cash is a common part of these investigations - and one that can take up a significant amount of time and resources. However, the administrative responsibilities that arise after seizing these large sums of money don't have to be as challenging.
With an advanced money counter, police can sharply reduce the amount of time it takes to process seized cash and perform all of the necessary steps in the investigative process. These machines can count up to 1,200 notes per minute. Additionally, they make it easier to capture serial numbers and other information that allows law enforcement agencies verify the authenticity of currency.
April 22, 2014