The Georgia Bureau of Investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing in its investigation into allegations of missing items from the Jefferson Police Department’s evidence room.
Jim Fullington, head of the GBI office in Athens, said Tuesday that the case has been closed.
“The discrepancies in the audit have been accounted for,” Fullington said. “There was no criminal wrongdoing. The district attorney agrees.”
Over one month ago, Jefferson Police Department officials called for the state probe into problems with the department’s evidence room. At the time, Police Chief Joe Wirthman said that “possible improprieties” had been found in the evidence room during an certification audit. Wirthman asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the matter.
Wirthman said the problem dated back three to four years ago.
There's a long distance between competent and effective and "no criminal wrongdoing." So nobody was stealing evidence or intentionally removing it when they weren't supposed to. It was still not where it should have been. Just because you're not criminally culpable doesn't mean you were doing a good job.
In the past four years there have been at least three people responsible for that evidence room, the last two for the sole purpose of getting it in order for State Certification. If that effort has been going on for at least two years then why was the GBI able to straighten it out in less than a month. Maybe it was more about the Dog and Pony show!
AKA knowing resident
08/14/08 at 10:54 AM
Maybe if Jefferson were not in the "RED" more police
officers could be hired to do the job as it was intended to be done.
the real j autry
08/15/08 at 09:01 PM
Once again, Mike "Bufoonington" is proved wrong. The leadership at the Jefferson PD proves to be fine. His "fantasy" is for it to be ran incorrectly. Hey, Buffoonington, get a life!
Once again we have a spineless dink hiding behind my name. "the real j autry" is an imposter and a coward. I have stated before, my email address accompanies every comment I send, so the only person you are fooling is yourself, NOT a monumental accomplishment.
someone close to JPD
08/15/08 at 09:11 PM
JAUTRY, THE GBI DIDN'T STRAIGHTEN OUT THE EVIDENCE ROOM, THEY ACTUALLY DIDNT TOUCH IT. THEY JUST LOOKED INTO THE PAPERWORK PORTION OF IT. SO RELAX, ECSPECIALLY IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKIN ABOUT.