POLICE PROPERTY ROOM
Audit says Dallas police property room messy
DALLAS (AP) - A city audit has found that the Dallas police
property room is so disorganized that evidence could go missing.
Another problem found by the audit include that materials
containing blood spatters and other DNA evidence are kept in a huge
warehouse that lacks proper climate control. Also, the facility's
42-camera surveillance system doesn't work.
Police officials largely agreed with the report's conclusions.
They say overworked and understaffed property room employees have
struggled under extraordinary circumstances in the aging
52,760-square-foot warehouse with flooding and electrical problems.
City Manager Mary Suhm says the facility needs to be replaced
and should be included in the next bond program.
In the meantime, city officials are looking for a suitable
rental facility for the property room.
Many of the problems identified by city auditors were first
reported by The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV.