Chief: Some Crime Misreported in Mobile

Chief: Some Crime Misreported in Mobile

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MOBILE, Alabama -

The Mobile Police Department is very proud about this year's crime numbers but today some of them are being called into question.

"Through our ComStat process we found that there has been some inconsistent reporting of some of our burglary cases," said Chief Michael Williams.

At least seven crime reports from the downtown .area that police say were turned in by one detective appear to have been misreported

"I can tell you this. On Monday of this week that individual left the department. He is no longer with the department and I can't tell you if that was already planned that way," said Williams.

Even if it may just be one individual the chief now wants to do an audit of burglary reports throughout the entire department.

"We want to make sure that we go back and analyze and audit all of our reports that have been written inconsistently or suspiciously and then we want to go back and change those reports to reflect the true numbers and the goal here is to make sure that we are reporting accurately the crime date within this city," said Williams.

The top priority now is making sure the problem is isolated and not widespread.

"And it could be a training issue. It could be that we may not be teaching the clear definition of burglaries and thefts and criminal mischief it may be that we are not providing clear training so we have to go back do the audit and then we will see where we need to go."

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