Times are tough for many state and local law enforcement agencies, but advanced tools such as cash counters simplify the task of processing drug money.
One of the most challenging, yet overlooked, aspects of fighting crime is the substantial amount of manual labor and time required to perform seemingly simple tasks such as counting and securing seized and buy money. Many of these organizations depend heavily on the availability of federal funding to pay the proper number of employees required to complete assignments as effectively as possible. However, ever since the Great Recession, many police, drug enforcement and other public agencies have had to find additional ways to finance their day-to-day initiatives.
State and local agencies around the country lose federal funding
According to the Muscatine Journal, a newspaper based in Muscatine, Iowa, the nearby Washington-Louisa County Drug Task Force has experienced a 50 percent reduction in federal funding in the last two years. The organization is made up of law enforcement officials from local sheriff and police departments. Each of those participating entities may ultimately have to pitch in $15,000 this fiscal year to generate the money needed to continue operating as normal.
The combination of a reduction in federal funding and the dependence on manual labor to perform essential law enforcement tasks can further exacerbate many of the problems state and local agencies experience in the near future. An article published in the New York Post said the New York Police Department recently collected more than $30,000 in a high-profile drug seizure at a Brooklyn apartment building.
Agencies around the country should consider investing in high speed currency counters that image every bill and record the serial number. Money counters like these allow officers to count and document large quantities of seized and buy cash in minutes as opposed to hours. Such a boost in productivity and accuracy makes it easier for law enforcement groups to continue operating successfully despite budget cuts and dwindling resources. The need to do more with less has been a major theme for government organizations in recent years. As a result, now is an especially opportune time to turn to automation, rather than continuing to rely on time-consuming manual processes.
January 13, 2014