The Los Angeles Police Department is creating a digital library of the city’s homicide cases, reports the L.A. Times. Boxes are stacked more than 4 feet high at a recruit training center in Westchester, each labeled with a letter and number. Two other rooms hold more files–“murder books,” cops call them. First, the department plans to digitize more than 4,500 files of homicides the occurred in the southern part of the city between 1990 and 2010. Eventually, cases from the entire city will be included.
Officials plan to open the doors to a brick-and-mortar library where families can go for answers and detectives can check out files. For now, a large lecture room serves as the homicide library’s headquarters. It’s lined with blue and black binders labeled with names and dates. For two years, several detectives have organized the binders, getting them ready to be scanned. Tom McMullen, a recently retired LAPD captain, called the database a “one-stop shop” that will make it easier to piece together cases involving multiple murders.