Audit Praises CSPD, But Notes Areas for Improvement

An outside audit of College Station's police department is complete and in the hands of city leaders.

Thursday afternoon, the city council heard about the 500-page report from Carroll Buracker & Associates, a Virginia-based group specializing in police department reviews.

The report included praise for the personnel in the department and their successful effort to keep the crime rate low compared to cities its size.

There were a number of recommendations, though. Among them was for an increase in space for dispatch operations.

The audit also recommends discontinuing jail operations, which the city reportedly spends $1.5 million on annually.

Also, the report suggests increased lighting in Northgate, along with closed circuit cameras to monitor the area.

And the department is woefully short on clerical positions, according to the audit. It notes officers have to leave their shifts in order to take reports from citizens when civilian employees could do that.

Some of the other recommendations, such as changing the 12-hour shift policy, were already planned on being changed by new police chief Mike Ikner, who was awaiting this report before moving forward with his vision for the department.

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