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Internal Review of Police Evidence Completed

Post Date:04/01/2008

Contact: Lt. Hope Newkirk
Phone: 336-373-3689

GREENSBORO, NC -- (April 1, 2008) -- The Greensboro Police Department conducted an internal review of the Evidence Section from mid-January through the end of March due to some apparent discrepancies in the location of evidentiary items in four cases as compared to listings on evidence
control cards.

As a result of this review, an additional eleven cases with discrepancies were identified. A meeting with the District Attorney regarding this matter was held on March 31. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was contacted and will conduct a criminal investigation in this matter.

The Greensboro Police Department acquires thousands of items of property annually as a result of their law enforcement activities. These items are stored in the Property and Evidence Section. This section is responsible for receipt, process and storage of confiscated property, evidence, and found property; arranges for analysis of evidence by other agencies; and is responsible for disposing of evidence and stored property pursuant to departmental procedures and North Carolina State Statutes. The Property and Evidence section has a system of checks and balances in place including Semi-Annual Inspections, Annual Inventory, and Unannounced Inspections.

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