The shelves of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office’s new evidence and property storage area were empty when Sheriff Ian Parkinson showed off the facility last week.
But starting next week, thousands of pieces of evidence will be moved to the new facility, a 2,300-square-foot building on Kansas Avenue that was previously used to store vehicles.
Addressing the inadequacy of the property room had been a longtime goal of Parkinson’s, who wrote last year in a report to county supervisors that the current room is a 2,500-square-foot World War II barracks the county acquired from Camp San Luis Obispo in 1966.
The new setup “basically gives us about 40 to 45 percent more storage area over our previous property,” spokesman Tony Cipolla said. It incorporates a steel-titanium security cage, a vault for drug storage, a drug storage refrigerator, two walk-in freezers and three work stations.
The project cost $420,000, of which $370,000 came from fees collected to fund public facilities, and $50,000 from asset forfeiture funds.
Currently, about 70,000 to 80,000 items are stored in the property evidence room.