To ensure that it is appropriately maintaining custody of evidence items and complying with POST recommendations, the Department should perform annual audits that are thorough and well documented.
Proposals were solicited and received and a firm was selected to prepare a comprehensive evidence audit, as well as to provide recommendations for policies and procedures for future audits. The audit will proceed as soon as the inventory is complete.
A professional firm has been contracted to perform a thorough audit. However, the audit has been delayed because the auditor identified a number of items that need to be addressed prior to conducting the audit. The Police Department is working to address those items at this time. A copy of the letter submitted to the Police Chief regarding those items is provided as Exhibit 6.
An independent firm has been selected to perform the 2017 audit. They will be asked to develop a recommended form, format and procedure for ongoing audits.
Once the evidence room has been independently audited with a review and recommendation for policy and procedure, this recommendation will be added to the Department's new policy sections for evidence room control.
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.