Audit suggests improvement to Portland police evidence storage system

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, The Republic, therepublic.com

Portland, OR

PORTLAND, Ore. — An audit of the Portland police evidence storage system found it's run pretty well but there is some room for improvement.

The Oregonian reports the audit recommends that evidence room employees undergo annual or biennial criminal-background checks. Now, staff members are checked only before they're hired, and some have worked in the warehouse for more than two decades.

It also suggested that large amounts of money be transferred into bank accounts and upgrading the electronic database that tracks all evidence and property.

Overall, city auditors found that few items out of place, and none was missing.

Three years ago, the Portland Police Bureau spent $18.8 million to retrofit a city warehouse into its property evidence room and moved out of an aging building that had been used for 23 years.

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