One of the country’s largest police departments is suffering from a severe and massive backlog of fingerprinting evidence. As a result, thousands of cases involving burglaries, thefts and other crimes continue to remain unsolved.
The Los Angeles Police Department admits that the number of unsolved cases involving unanalyzed fingerprint evidence has more than doubled over the past couple of years. The Police Department is trying to processing fingerprinting more efficiently. The Department for instance, is getting officers to collect evidence at some crime scenes, instead of waiting for analysts to do so. However, in spite of those efforts, the backlog has actually increased. In 2012, the finger printing backlog at the Department was approximately 2,200 cases, and that number more than doubled to 5,455 cases in 2014.
Part of the reason for the backlog is that many of the finger prints are now useless. The three-year deadline for prosecuting offenders has passed in many of the cases. Other officials at the Police Department blame a severe staffing shortage of staff at the Police Department, for the backlog. There is a need for more analysts, and the officers say that they are working on this. Currently, the finger printing analysis division has 60 employees, which is at least 35 lower than full capacity
The backlog has resulted in thousands of property crime cases, including burglaries, Shoplifting, and thefts being unresolved.
Property crimes are those that affect another’s property. The kind of crimes, that are covered under the category of property crimes include burglary, robbery, theft, the destruction of someone else’s property via arson and vandalism, and other crimes. Criminal defense attorneys in Denver find that many persons make the mistake of treating a property crime charge as a minor charge.
Not all property crimes are treated as misdemeanors. Some are also treated as felonies. A shoplifting conviction, for instance, may seem like a minor matter to you, but it can be included in your criminal record, and can turn up on criminal screening checks and background checks. That can seriously affect your ability to get a job in the future, especially in certain industries like accounting, retail, and the financial sector.
Speak to a criminal defense attorney in Denver about the charges you face, to determine what kind of defenses can be used to get your charges dismissed, or lowered.