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>>

  • National drive providing suits to those in need

    National drive providing suits to those in need

    Friday, July 21 2017 11:03 PM EDT2017-07-22 03:03:17 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    For nine years Lake Charles Men’s Wearhouse store manager Michael Rodriguez has been helping men look their very best. But Rodriguez also gets a chance to help men and women struggling to find a job through his company’s annual suit drive.

    More >>

    For nine years Lake Charles Men’s Wearhouse store manager Michael Rodriguez has been helping men look their very best. But Rodriguez also gets a chance to help men and women struggling to find a job through his company’s annual suit drive.

    More >>
  • Lake Charles men indicted in connection with Fournet Street shooting death

    Lake Charles men indicted in connection with Fournet Street shooting death

    Friday, July 21 2017 10:53 PM EDT2017-07-22 02:53:36 GMT
    Lake Charles men indicted in connection with Fournet Street shooting death. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles men indicted in connection with Fournet Street shooting death. (Source: KPLC)

    A Lake Charles man was indicted Friday by a grand jury in connection with a shooting that killed another man in May.

    More >>

    A Lake Charles man was indicted Friday by a grand jury in connection with a shooting that killed another man in May.

    More >>
  • Concerns raised about possible revisions to Calcasieu sewerage ordinance

    Concerns raised about possible revisions to Calcasieu sewerage ordinance

    Friday, July 21 2017 9:26 PM EDT2017-07-22 01:26:44 GMT

    Local business people are raising a red flag on proposed changes in Calcasieu Parish's sewerage ordinance. Some predict a huge cost increase at multiple levels for developers, realtors and consumers. However, parish officials say those who have read proposed revisions have only seen them because they were seeking input from various segments of the community.

    More >>

    Local business people are raising a red flag on proposed changes in Calcasieu Parish's sewerage ordinance. Some predict a huge cost increase at multiple levels for developers, realtors and consumers. However, parish officials say those who have read proposed revisions have only seen them because they were seeking input from various segments of the community.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly