Audit finds DPS is missing 11 guns, ammo, 39 bulletproof vests - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Audit finds DPS is missing 11 guns, ammo, 39 bulletproof vests

DPS (Source: WAFB) DPS (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A report released Monday shows that "sensitive" items like guns and bulletproof vests are missing from the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

An audit revealed DPS had 11 guns, ammunition and 39 bulletproof vests stolen from right under its nose.

“I’ve never seen this before,” said Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera. “These are very sensitive items that you don't want to be missing. We believe they need to really step up their safeguarding procedures."

A report released by the Louisiana Auditor stated not only are the sensitive items unaccounted for, but the rules weren’t followed.

“The law requires anytime there's a misappropriation or theft, that it’s reported to my office and to the district attorney,” Purpera added.

DPS Secretary Jimmy Leblanc said the weapons were, in fact, stolen from the vehicles of probation and parole officers and were reported to police. However, he also said his office was never aware of the law mandating him to report stolen items to the district attorney or auditor’s office. He added the reporting process will now change.

Leblanc said he disagrees with the terms used in the report like “misappropriated,” but does realize the problem with sensitive items coming up missing.

“We are researching options and resources to improve the ability of our probation and parole officers to secure weapons while in the field by using lock boxes in their vehicles,” Leblanc said in a written statement. “Probation and parole officers are not uniformed law enforcement officers and are therefore, often required to secure equipment in their vehicles."

While the audit was conducted over the past year, the disappearance of the items dates back to 2010.

Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • CPSO hosts gun safety class in Moss Bluff

    CPSO hosts gun safety class in Moss Bluff

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 11:04 PM EDT2017-09-20 03:04:20 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    "If you're going to be a gun owner...you take care of your guns," said Trinity Meche. "You lock them up (and) get them out of the way of your kids."  The message of gun safety came from the father of Gage Meche,  the boy who accidentally shot by another student during school last year. It happened at Moss Bluff Elementary when another kid brought a loaded gun to school in a backpack.  Gage was hit in the stomach and spent weeks recovering from the ...More >>
    "If you're going to be a gun owner...you take care of your guns," said Trinity Meche. "You lock them up (and) get them out of the way of your kids."  The message of gun safety came from the father of Gage Meche,  the boy who accidentally shot by another student during school last year. It happened at Moss Bluff Elementary when another kid brought a loaded gun to school in a backpack.  Gage was hit in the stomach and spent weeks recovering from the ...More >>
  • Police still searching for suspect in fatal hit & run

    Police still searching for suspect in fatal hit & run

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 7:11 PM EDT2017-09-19 23:11:54 GMT
    Police are still looking for a suspect after a cyclist was killed Friday night. When you combine a university of over 7,000 students with one of the busiest roads in Lake Charles accidents are bound to happen. “It's tricky, it's a 4-lane road that runs alongside a university,” said Lt. Richard Harrell. “There's a high volume of foot traffic and motorists that aren't paying attention for various reasons. These things do happen unfortunately.” Harrell says wit...More >>
    Police are still looking for a suspect after a cyclist was killed Friday night. When you combine a university of over 7,000 students with one of the busiest roads in Lake Charles accidents are bound to happen. “It's tricky, it's a 4-lane road that runs alongside a university,” said Lt. Richard Harrell. “There's a high volume of foot traffic and motorists that aren't paying attention for various reasons. These things do happen unfortunately.” Harrell says wit...More >>
  • breaking

    Contraband Days Festival changing its name

    Contraband Days Festival changing its name

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:42 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:42:36 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau)(Source: Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau)

    For 60 years residents and visitors to SWLA have looked forward to the annual Contraband Days Festival but now the festival is changing its name, according to Angie Manning, spokeswoman for the Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The board that has overseen the festival wants to bring a new focus to Louisiana culture and history from the food, music, and artists to the pirates and the rides, Manning said.  The new name of the festival is the Louisiana Pirate...

    More >>

    For 60 years residents and visitors to SWLA have looked forward to the annual Contraband Days Festival but now the festival is changing its name, according to Angie Manning, spokeswoman for the Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The board that has overseen the festival wants to bring a new focus to Louisiana culture and history from the food, music, and artists to the pirates and the rides, Manning said.  The new name of the festival is the Louisiana Pirate...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly