Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee released a scathing profile of the St. Louis Police Department today. Her audit covered the period before Chief Dan Isom took over from former Chief Joe Mokwa. Montee noted that Isom has put into place numerous systems to correct problems. Chief Dan Isom says he’s doing all he can to insure the department is clean.
"We've been in this position for a year now. I've been chief of police, and I think if you look at the state audit and the recommendations and our response to their findings, I think you can see that almost 90 to 95 percent of what they found has been addressed. Or there are ongoing efforts to address it."
Montee did not concentrate on areas that are under criminal investigation, like the towing scandal, which is also part of a lawsuit. She primarily looked at procedures which allowed improprieties to take place.
One of those areas is payroll. Montee found double dipping.
"You would have somebody who worked two hours of overtime and they could classify it as 3 different things and they did. So you'd get paid for 6 hours of overtime but it was really the same two hours being turned in three different ways and that could happen because it was a paper system. The auditor said that the law probably was broken.
Chief Isom says there is an Internal Affairs investigation underway.
Another issue is the handling of evidence including thousands of guns the department allowed to pile up creating a backlog for the Circuit Attorney's Office which has to approve the destruction of evidence.
The President of the Board of Police Commissioners, which oversees the Department also talked to News 4. Col. Todd Epsten spoke directly to the residents of St. Louis.
"I think the citizens are owed an apology. Although nothing in this report today was a surprise because its what we've been working on, its still a disappointment.
Montee’s audit came at the request of then Governor Matt Blunt. She said her office will continue to monitor the Police Board, a state-run body.