SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri has initiated an inquiry into the police departments evidence room after money from criminal cases disappeared.
According to a news release from Commissioner Barbieri, the City’s Department of Internal Audit will review how evidence is logged in, tagged, and inventoried. Auditors will review other law enforcement agencies to help Springfield PD create better practices when handling evidence.
During an inquiry in February of 2015, it was discovered that U.S. currency related to a criminal cases where cash was seized was missing, Commissioner Barbieri said. So far, the initial inquiry has shown that seized narcotics, weapons, and other valuable or physical evidence have not gone missing.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno released the following statement regarding the inquiry:
“Commissioner Barbieri has made me aware of the on-going review of the Springfield Police Department’s evidence room and his request for assistance from the Attorney General’s Office as well as an outside auditing expert. I have full confidence and strongly support the Police Commissioner’s efforts to address the situation. In accordance with past and current policy I have zero tolerance for any wrong doing. As we have in the past; public information will be disclosed after conclusion of the review.”