Virginia Sheriff Installs Revolutionary Footwear Evidence System

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office – 1st in the Nation

We are extremely excited to be the first agency with this amazing new criminal investigation tool. – W. Q. “Bill” Overton, Jr. Sheriff of Franklin County, Virginia

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is taking pioneering “steps” in criminal investigations. Sheriff W.Q. “Bill” Overton, Jr. and his staff are currently the only law enforcement agency in the Western Hemisphere with this recently developed digital footwear evidence system.

Local Franklin County business EVIDENT has partnered with the Dalian, China based business EVERSPRY to produce an advanced footwear evidence collection and comparison system. “We are extremely excited to be the first agency with this amazing new criminal investigation tool,” stated Sheriff Overton. “Collecting and matching footwear impressions adds yet another layer of capability to our criminal investigators.”

This system allows the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to actively collect sample footwear impressions from every arrestee that is booked into the Franklin County Jail. These suspect footwear impression samples may then be quickly searched and compared to any crime scene footwear impressions that have been collected. Any footwear impressions that have matching patterns will then be displayed to the Sheriff’s Office as potential suspects or investigative leads.

EVIDENT and EVERSPRY have spent the last year working closely with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to prepare this footwear evidence system for wider use within the law enforcement community. With Franklin County as a foundation, this system can now be utilized by other adjoining counties and municipalities to begin linking crimes with suspects that travel across…

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