Police Chief Pete Carey: Hopes the vehicle list slipping into the hands of criminals wasn't a deliberate act.
Procedures for officer take-home vehicles at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office are different than the that used by the Colorado Springs Police Department in years past.
As reported in today's Independent
, "Inside job?"
, the CSPD's list of take-home vehicles — complete with officers names, addresses, duty assignment, vehicle license plates, makes and models — was found in the possession of a drug user. That person told the cops on March 11 two drug dealers had the list.
Police Chief Pete Carey told officers on April 22 the list, with roughly 130 vehicles, no longer includes officer addresses and license plates, and it's held only by commanders.
At the Sheriff's Office, about 50 unmarked cars are driven by officers to and from work. Those include 25 investigators, who are on call round the clock, six crime reduction officers, 11 command staff, seven civil process servers, three patrol lieutenants and one public information officer, says PIO Jackie Kirby.
"The list doesn't have the name of the person, there's no address or employee number," she said. The list includes make, model and mileage logs but gives no indication to which division the officer is assigned, Kirby said.