Virginia Sheriff Installs Revolutionary Footwear Evidence System

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Franklin County Sheriff's Office deploys the first installation in the Western Hemisphere of the revolutionary EVERSPRY Cloud 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 jurisdictional boundaries.

The revolutionary EVERSPRY Cloud Footwear Matching System will provide the Franklin County Sheriff's Office with real-time, actionable intelligence that will be useful when reducing criminal activity by repeat offenders. This is a valuable capability for this local community, especially in the reduction of property crimes and burglaries.

For comments or inquiries please contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Rocky Mount, VA at 540-483-3000 or fcso(at)

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