Ontario Police Department triggers audit after $900 found missing from evidence room

Ontario Police Department. (The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – The Ontario Police Department is undergoing an audit by the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and two employees have been put on paid administrative leave after $900 in currency was found missing from the evidence room. 

The police department discovered that the money was missing around May 7 after the Malheur County District Attorney’s Office requested the cash, which was being held as evidence in a criminal case. The case involved theft from a hospitality business.

The police agency contracted with the police chief association to audit the evidence room. Among other goals, the audit will determine if agency staff are “following industry best practice and standards with regard to their handling and processing of property and evidence,” according to the contract. 

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