Delta begins audit of police department to purge its old files

The Delta Police Department is doing some house cleaning of sorts.

The department has initiated a six-month project to audit its old records and purge outdated and unnecessary files. The department recently completed a similar audit of its evidence room.

Jamie Head, spokeswoman for the Police Department, said the moves are a reaction to the rapid growth of the community.

Head said Delta has grown and is growing immensely, and the Police Department is outgrowing its building.

“We are just reorganizing the storage room to make more room for storage,” she said.

The department currently has 13 officers, including Chief Robert Thomas, three sergeants and an investigator.

The department is looking to add five more officers in 2010, Head said.

Thomas, who became chief a year ago, has made it one of his goals to give the department a full audit of evidence and records, she said.

“It was his understanding that they had not been done within this agency,” Head said.

“Upon completion of the audit, the city manager will be informed of the overall assessment,” according to a news release from the department. “If necessary, changes to the Delta Police Department policies and procedures will be implemented.”

The recent audit of the evidence room revealed no problems.

“Everything was square, good to go,” Head said.


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