Report: D.C. police guns poorly secured
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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| April 30, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
Tags: Firearm, Law, Law Enforcement, Police, Police officer, Security, Washington D.C.
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