Police Chief To Conduct Internal Audit

Police Chief To Conduct Internal Audit

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MOBILE, Ala. -

Last week Chief Micheal Williams told News 5's Allen Carter that an officer had incorrectly labeled a crime as "criminal mischief" instead of a burglary.

"Someone kicked in a door and apparently the officer did not know what that person's intent was, and perhaps nothing was taken from that residence so instead of it being written as a burglary, it was written as a criminal mischief," says Chief Williams.

One officer has resigned since this surfaced, causing some to speculate it was more than coincidence, but it's not clear if it was because of this issue.

Williams has begun an internal audit into other crimes labeled as burglaries. But he claims there were only seven cases—seven out of over 1100 and not enough to change what he's calling decreasing crime rates. But council members are applauding his decision.

"We need to take this again as a starting point, as a restart and make sure everyone understands the definition," says Councilman John Williams.

Meanwhile, in terms of general transparency, councilwoman Bess Rich says she actually wants to sit on the Public Safety Committee so that the entire council knows what the city police know.

"So as a council person my phone will ring and people wanted to get to the bottom of it as well," says Rich.

In the meantime, Williams has not said how long this audit will take.

"But we want to do it right, we want to take our time to do the audit to make sure we are responding appropriately to our citizens and to the needs of our community," says Williams.

News 5 will keep you updated as to those audit results as soon as they are available.

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