Missing Records, Lax Security and Ignored Complaints: City Audit Skewers Dallas PD Handling of Alleged Misconduct

The Dallas Police Department is promising reform in the wake of a new city audit, which uncovered widespread faults in the department’s processes for investigating and addressing misconduct complaints.

Last year, auditors found hundreds of inexplicably missing records in an internal database that tracks misconduct complaints. Internal Affairs Division officials told the auditors that in some instances, police officers had deleted incident records before they could be investigated.

Of the more than 21,000 incidents stored in the database, nearly 250 were missing.