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State Audit Criticizes Record Keeping of Johnson City Police Department

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The State Comptroller says the Johnson City Police Department is missing paperwork on some high risk property items, including a firearm, drug items, counterfeit bills and jewelry.

An audit finds that 128 of the 417 high risk items held by the department were not in their correct location. But, according to the J-C Police Department, these items are not missing. Rather when the department transitioned from paper filing to electronic data, some of the paperwork was lost in the process.
Chief Brent Dodge says many of those items were accounted for, including the firearm, and the rest were likely destroyed, as some of the inventory was taken into custody dating as far back as 2004.

Johnson City Police Chief, Brent Dodge, says: "It is my contention that yes, they were destroyed in accordance with the policies and procedures of the department but the tracking of those things, there was human error introduced into the tracking during that transition."

Dodge says that of the 10 municipalities audited, the Johnson City Police Department was far from the worst, with only 6 percent of its inventory unaccounted for. But he says that won't keep him from striving for perfection in the future.