To ensure that it is appropriately maintaining custody of evidence items and complying with POST recommendations, the Department should conduct a comprehensive inventory to develop an accurate list of evidence and property.
A team of temporary part-time staff have been hired to conduct a comprehensive audit. It has been under way for several weeks and is near completion.
The City Council has authorized new temporary positions to perform the inventory. Three individuals have been selected and contracts are currently being finalized to begin within the next couple weeks.
The City Council has approved a proposal by the Police Department to hire two part-time temporary employees, consisting of retirees from other Police Departments with experienced related to evidence and records, to conduct a comprehensive inventory of the Police Department's evidence and property. Two individuals are in the process of being hired. Background checks are currently being conducted. The inventory is projected to being within the next few weeks.
The Department is currently considering the use of one of two independent consulting firms to audit its evidence room and policies. Once a firm is selected, audit of the evidence room along with a best practices policy and procedure will be implemented.
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