MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Police Chief Micheal T. Williams has called for an internal audit after finding discrepancies in burglary reports from the 1 st Precinct.
Williams said he is now going to look at burglary reports from the entire department after finding incorrectly written reports from the 1 st Precinct.
"What we do every 35 days, one of the precincts come before me, and we talk about their crime picture. At that time, I can assess their needs and provide additional needs," Williams said.
Williams said after one of those meetings, questions were raised about the burglary reports.
"What we've found so far, and this is really the beginning of the audit, we found seven burglary cases that were written by detectives or officers in the 1st Precinct that were written incorrectly," Williams said.
Williams said, for example, one of the reports was incorrectly categorized as a criminal mischief. Williams said once the mistakes are found, it's just a matter of paperwork changing it to the correct charge.
So how does this affect you?
"When there's an issue on your street, and we collect the proper data, if you have an issue on your street we're able to put in more resources, more policeman, to solve that problem," Williams said.
Williams said six of the seven reports were written by one detective. Williams said the investigation hopes to find the reason behind the mistakes.
Williams said burglary reports are the only ones that have been found to be incorrect. Williams said the seven that were wrong were out of more than 1,100 cases.
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