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Dept. of Public Safety audit

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi State Auditor's office has released an audit of the state Department of Public Safety. The main criticism suggests internal controls over day-to-day operations appear adequate yet improvements are needed in budget preparation and planning.

According to the report, the DPS comptroller 'appears to not have the skills or expertise to manage the fiscal affairs of an agency this large and complex.'

Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz requested the audit as a request for millions of dollars makes it's way through the state legislature.

At the heart of the issue, the department says it is short 100 troopers right now.

Spokesman Warren Strain told WLBT news,

"As of today 100 could retire. It's a critical situation," said spokesman Warren Strain. "We have troopers covering two and three counties. It's a public safety issue now. We're hopeful to get funding to conduct a trooper school."

The Governor wants to add millions to the DPS budget; enough to finance a highway patrol trooper school.

But Lt. Governor Reeves said the agency has leadership problems. He says the most important concern is increases aren't making it down to the troopers.

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