"Supervisors," states the voluminous performance audit presented to the County Council by outside consulting firm Hillard Heintze LLC, "are not consistently identifying and reporting complaints or incidents of misconduct and policy violations. In its interviews of KCSO management and officers, Hillard Heintze discovered multiple instances where supervisors and commanders did not know about, review, or refer issues to the IIU [Internal Investigations Unit] for review and action."
The auditors randomly selected and reviewed 14 of 732 investigative cases handled or coordinated by the IIU during 2011, along with the two use of force investigations. In just that tiny sample, they found complaints that had been stamped "unfounded" and "not sustained" even when accused officers admitted to the violations.
The post inspired commenter JohnH to weigh in:
It's hard to believe that it had taken this long for this kind of audit to surface, especially after the PI outlined all of these problems years ago. Maybe if other media -- like the Times -- would have taken up the torch as well, instead of ignoring the issue and sticking their noses up Rahr and Urquhart's asses, something would have been done years and millions of dollars ago. But I wouldn't let Urquhart spout off without noting that he was a big part of the culture and power structure in KCSO that caused all of these problems.