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New crime trailer ready to be stocked

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

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Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell poses with the new Crime Scene Investigation Unit
(photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
BENTON - The Scott County Sheriff's Department will begin stocking the new Crime Scene Investigation Unit trailer next week but it's not too late to help. "We're still in the donation-taking stage," said Sgt. Jerry Bledsoe.

Bledsoe said they will begin stocking the trailer with needed items received after a list was recently circulated among area businesses and individuals. "People have been really good with some of the donations," said Bledsoe. "The Scott County Sheriff's Department truly appreciates the support."

Bledsoe said now the most helpful donations is monetary and gift certificates so the department doesn't receive too much of one thing or another.

The 16-foot crime scene trailer was purchased in January using private funds and the proceeds from last year's golf tournament, according to Bledsoe.

Department investigators are presently required to carry crime scene investigative equipment in the trunk of their cars.

Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell said officers continually have to leave crime scenes to get additional equipment because car trunks do not have enough space to carry everything they need to work major crime scenes.

The trailer will be stocked so investigators will have what they need for a variety of crime investigations. "Whatever we need to work any kind of major crime scene," said Bledsoe.

Some of the equipment needed at crime scenes and planned for the trailer is fairly ordinary such as sifting screens and shovels. Other equipment is more specialized such as plaster casting and fingerprinting equipment.

Ferrell said he felt the need for the crime scene trailer after his department was faced with six homicides in a 10-month period of time. It is not unusual for investigators to initially spend 12 to 15 hours working a homicide scene, Ferrell said.

In addition to transporting investigative equipment, the trailer will be equipped and available to serve a secondary role in the event of emergencies or larger operations such as the search for a missing child. "We're going to also have it set up so if need be we can use it as a command center," said Bledsoe.

A radio donated by the Sheriff's Reserve Unit is already installed.

Donations can be sent to the Scott County Sheriff's Department at P.O. Box 279, Benton, Mo. 63736.

For more information on how to help, email to Bledsoe at scsd342@ldd.net or call 471-3530 or 545-3525.