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Occasionally, law enforcement equipment is misplaced, it happens in most every agency.  If a weapon goes missing, the civil liability of a lost item can be extremely costly.

The Fox News Headline - "Dozens of police agencies report loss of Pentagon-supplied military weapons" - is just one of the headlines from last week. If your agency is still using antiquated methods such as manual logs to track weapons, you may want to use the recent headline news to open the conversation regarding improving accountability.

No city, town or law enforcement agency wants its name in one of these articles. Now is a good time to request the needed budget to address the problem from those in charge of allocating funds.

The articles below will help you make a compelling case. Thank you for your interest in LEID Products! 


Best regards,


Georgia H. Whalen 
Director of Marketing 
LEID Products, LLC 
Direct: (978)697-2664 
Has your agency ever lost track of a weapon?

The police shooting of an unarmed black man, the ensuing protests, and the local police officials' response to control these protest using military-issued equipment in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked a national debate over the Pentagon's controversial "1033 program." The program equips local and state police departments with military surplus weaponry.

With the media digging into the 1033 program, the public is learning about the 145 law enforcement agencies that the Pentagon has banned from receiving surplus military weapons and supplies. According to the Cox Washington Bureau, in all cases, the departments were suspended after losing high-powered weapons - M14's, M16's and assault rifles. There have also been occurrences of missing .45-caliber pistols and shotguns.

Certainly this is a list which no department wants to be on. Yet, while many departments have avoided the unwanted publicity, they have had incidents where weapons have been lost, misplaced or stolen. Inventory control of weapons and auxiliary equipment remains antiquated in countless law enforcement agencies still relying on error prone manual tracking logs. With missing police weapons taking center stage in the news, it may be a good time to re-evaluate your agencies inventory control system.

If your agency is interested in improving the tracking and securing of weaponry and other critical assets, LEID Products has proven technology which can provide full accountability. Expensive? Well that depends on how you look at it. If a weapon goes missing and ends up being used by a criminal, the civil liability of a lost item can be extremely costly. Beyond monetary cost, the reputation of the police department suffers indefinitely.

BACS logo LEID Products' BACS System is a field proven inventory control and asset management system used by federal, state, and local agencies, as well as private sector clientele throughout the country. BACS eliminates long-standing paper log methods, saving valuable employee time and resources while providing easily accessed and credible electronic tracking reports. Added benefits of the BACS Asset Management software include tracking equipment maintenance requirements and officer firearm training qualifications. See the 'How BACS Works' article for details on the system.

A white paper, written by former Waterford, Michigan Deputy Chief of Police, Dale LaCroix, details the benefits his department realized after implementing the BACS System. For LaCroix's department, the BACS System cost was recouped in 18 months. Cost savings were realized through labor savings, better maintenance of equipment, as well as the ability to have multiple officers share equipment. Dale noted in the conclusion of the paper that the savings related to limiting liability exposure, while they may be immeasurable, could be the greatest savings of all.

Here is an excerpt from the white paper:

The departments inventory control of weapons and auxiliary equipment was improved greatly with the BACS system over the old sign out system. Every department I know has had incidents where items are lost for a time and turn up later or sometimes never at all, and no one seems to know what really happened. The civil liability of a lost item can be extremely costly.

The BACS System was also built with an equipment maintenance application within the software, along with the ability for an officer to tag an item for maintenance when returning an item at the end of a shift. Making sure equipment is working properly and maintained on schedule could save a department from an embarrassing situation at best to a costly civil action should a piece of equipment not work properly when deployed.

Once the system was installed there were no losses of equipment. In addition, repair times were reduced and equipment uptime increased as damaged equipment was reported immediately so repairs could be made timely and efficiently.


The initial cost of the system for our department was more than paid for with only the time savings from supervisor's wages in just eighteen months. There were also added cost savings in the ability to have multiple officers share equipment in lieu of purchasing equipment for each officer. The cost savings in the liability area are hard to put real numbers to, but could be the greatest savings of all. It is my opinion that no department should be without this type of system, and in reality, most cannot afford not to have this system.

To down load the entire white paper, click here.

To learn more about the BACS Systems visit our website at www.LEIDProducts.com or call 1.888.884.LEID(5343).



How BACS Works

The BACS ID Station Kiosk serves as the control point for access to assets stored in LEID's electronic storage units - various configurations of lockers, gun racks, handgun safes and key cabinets per each unique application needs. The kiosk houses a biometric (fingerprint) reader to allow only authorized users to access assets; each user is restricted to access only the items they have been qualified to use. For tracking purposes, the kiosk includes a RFID or barcode reader for asset verification. Additional layers of security can be added with options including a hand geometry scanner and card reader.

BACS is a fully self-service access system. When an officer arrives for duty, all they need to do is log into the BACS Kiosk via fingerprint verification and use the touch screen to select from his or her list of available equipment. At the end of the shift, the officer simply logs in and selects 'return' from the touch screen. The system automatically lists the equipment he/she checked out. The officer must scan the RFID chip or barcode identifying the equipment to electronically open the storage unit for return. The officer also has the ability to flag an item for maintenance.

The kiosk traces every transaction for easy viewing by department administrators in real time. The administrator can log into the system - through remote web-enabled access - to see where each firearm/asset is at any given time. Web-enabled remote management allows the administrator to manage the system at all times - on and off-site.

To learn more about the BACS Systems visit our website at www.LEIDProducts.com or call 1.888.884.LEID(5343).

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About LEID Products 

Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices (LEID), LLC is the leader in electronic locker and cabinet storage with biometric asset protection and control. Originally founded to assist police departments in securing guns, weapons, radios, etc. through an electronic tracking and fingerprinting system, LEID products are also utilized to track books within a library system, medical supplies, laptops and even business documents to selected personnel. Their Biometric Access Control Systems (BACS™) streamlines operations and provides full accountability for critical business assets. For more information and demonstrations of our products, visit www.leidproducts.com.