Thursday, May 23 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:28:07 GMT
Authorities said they broke up a huge drug operation in the Tennessee Valley. Twenty people were arrested Thursday morning and two more are charged in what investigators called overlapping drug ringsMore >>
Authorities said they broke up a huge drug operation in the Tennessee Valley. Twenty people were arrested Thursday morning and two more are charged in what investigators called overlapping drug rings.More >>
The 119 items listed on the report cost Alabama tax payers nearly $609,000. The most expensive item on the list is an optical imaging machine used to archive documents that was purchased for more than $47,000. When WAFF 48 News asked about it, a spokeswoman said the machine was considered obsolete and was written off. But nonetheless it's still listed on the report as "lost."
Other costly items on the list include 15 fingerprint capture stations, at nearly $22,000 a piece. There's good news on those, McCall says his office has been able to track them down.
"They were purchased several years back over, close to ten years," he said. "It's technology and technology changes. In order to try to update that equipment, it would cost more to update than to replace."
Sometimes it's not the cost of what's missing that's alarming, it's the actual item. Eight firearms are listed on the report, ranging from a small pistol to a bushmaster rifle. Five of the guns are listed as lost, the other three as stolen. McCall says some of the guns were stolen out of patrol cars that were broken in to.
"A person can be punished and has been in the past, and made to pay for equipment that they were negligent on and destroyed," he said.
McCall says as a result of our investigation he is going to significantly increase the number of inventory officers assigned to keep up with the department's inventory.
"I'm even breaking that down even more, to out in the area, in the field, each area in the state will have an inventory officer, to check equipment more closely," he said.
Right now, DPS has just two inventory officers for the entire state. McCall hopes by upping that number and several other changes he's considering, his department will significantly reduce the amount of property that is lost or stolen.
"We just want to make sure that the citizens understand that we are doing everything to be fiscally responsible," he said.