FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Flint police say years of poor record-keeping is to blame for results of an inventory that found 22 of the department’s shotguns and handguns were missing.
Police Chief James Tolbert says he’s put policies into place to ensure the problem doesn’t continue.
The Flint Police Department conducted a full inventory of its firearms last month. During the inventory, officers were unable to locate 22 in addition to 17 earlier reported stolen and unaccounted for, covering a period from 1996 until the present.
Tolbert says the weapons listed as stolen more likely should have been considered missing. He says 13 other guns earlier considered stolen turned up. It was learned during the inventory that there was no procedure in place that mandated regular weapons inventories.