What the cops lost

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by KREM.com & Katie Utehs

KREM.com

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 27 at 2:22 PM

In February, Two on Your Side investigated what equipment the City of Spokane lost to see how your taxpayer dollars were being protected. Now, we've checked with the Spokane Police Department to see what they lost.

KREM 2 filed a public records request for any reports of lost, stolen or misplaced equipment dating back five years.

Spokane Police Department’s Major Craig Meidl oversaw the inquiry. "We are funded by the public and I think it is reasonable for people to want to know how our assets are being taken care of,” said Meidl.

What came back was a short and rather mundane list of items. Missing from the shooting range are 20 safety goggles, old training magazines, one wheelbarrow and a dustpan. One generic uniform was lost. The most expensive item was an in car camera, valued around 7,000 dollars. It succumbed to wear and tear. A GPS tracking unit was found by a suspect and destroyed. It also cost around 7,000.

That's what the department could find from memory because the biggest thing we found missing, is a police system for tracking missing equipment.

Meidl explained when something goes missing it's not categorized as such. "We don't have a central repository where we store that kind of data. In the two decades I've been here we've never had anyone ask," he said.

According to Meidl when particular officers start losing or neglecting equipment it gets noticed and they're disciplined. "It has not been an issue to where it occurs to the point where we say we need to track this. It happens very seldom and when it does it's dealt with immediately, right then and there."

KREM 2 contacted the Tacoma Police Department, which is similar in size to Spokane. They also do not have a tracking system for lost, stolen or missing equipment.

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