Property Room News - May 2017

Police property and evidence rooms get a lot of media attention, both positive and negative. Here are a few of the recent P&E headlines.

3 charged in probe of guns missing from Selma police
SELMA, Alabama — May 12, 2017 — An investigation into a former evidence technician with the Selma Police Department has uncovered a criminal operation allegedly responsible for stealing and selling hundreds of guns from an evidence room.


Veteran Virginia Beach police officer cleared of embezzlement charges
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — May 12, 2017 — Charges accusing a longtime Virginia Beach police officer of stealing three gun bags from a property and evidence room were dismissed at trial Friday by a visiting judge.


Audit shows 'years of neglect' of evidence at Dracut P.D.
DRACUT, Massachusetts — May 6, 2017 — The Police Department's failure to follow numerous evidence policy requirements, leading to the mishandling of property and evidence, illuminates "years of neglect" and are part of systemic issues within the agency, according to a long-awaited independent consultant's report.


Police say they’re frustrated 
with lengthy evidence room audit
NORTH PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — May 2, 2017 — Police officials say they believe more than half of 100 or more items that have gone missing from the North Providence Police Department’s evidence rooms will eventually be found in the department.


Framingham chief pressed on evidence room at Town Meeting
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts — April 27, 2017 — Facing questions about thefts within his department, the chief of police in Framingham on Thursday sought to reassure residents that new measures are in place to safeguard the department’s evidence room. He fielded questions at Town Meeting Thursday about the disappearance of an estimated $70,000 in cash.

 
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