- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An inspector general’s report finds the New Orleans Police Department’s evidence room has tightened controls since $200,000 went missing five years ago, but evidence in criminal cases remains at “high risk of theft or misplacement.”

The 29-page report found the evidence room is plagued by a lack of documentation, poor record-keeping and vague guidelines. The report says staff members fail to conduct inventories each year and whenever a key-holder position changes, violating best practices and NOPD policy. Making problems worse, the overburdened unit until recently lacked a system to purge unnecessary evidence.

Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux (KWAH’-treh-VOE) says evidence management has clearly improved but continued improvement is needed.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1ulh2Et) Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said in a letter to Quatrevaux he was committed to continuing to reform the evidence room’s practices.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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