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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 04/30/2010

Report: D.C. police guns poorly secured

By Washington Post editors

According to a new report by the D.C. inspector general, police in the District are unable to ensure that service weapons brought into the juvenile intake center are kept out of the wrong hands because many of the lockboxes used to store the firearms do not work, the Washington Examiner reports.

The Office of the Inspector General alerted Police Chief Cathy Lanier after two police officers got their guns mixed up and failed to report the missing weapons in a timely manner.

The boxes are stored in the area where detainees are brought into the facility, making the situation more dangerous, the report said.

"Security deficiencies cited create a risk that law enforcement firearms will be stolen and used to commit crimes," Inspector General Charles Willoughby wrote. "In addition to putting the safety of District residents at risk, this could increase the District's legal liability."

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By Washington Post editors  | April 30, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
Tags:  Firearm, Law, Law Enforcement, Police, Police officer, Security, Washington D.C.  
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Shocking!!Please tell us if something in DC actually works!!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 30, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

DC gov needs about 500 Inspector Generals working 24-7.

Perps have a ton of guns all over - in their cars, at their Moms house, at their cousins house, buried in the back yard, in the bathroom toilet at POPEYES, etc, so please don't worry that they won't be able to get their hands on one ASAP.

Posted by: uncivil | April 30, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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