To ensure that it is appropriately maintaining custody of evidence items and complying with POST recommendations, the Department should update by September 2016 its evidence oversight policies to provide explicit direction, based on POST guidelines, to staff and management who perform evidence oversight activities.
Attached as Exhibit 4 is a copy of the Policy Directive issued by the Police Chief.
An independent consulting firm has been selected to audit the Police Department's evidence room and policies. Based on the results of the audit, they will make policy and procedure based on best practices. The audit will begin once the inventory is under way.
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.
†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.
*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.