Homeland security officers lose 243 over three years

This was pretty surprising to me.

Nearly 180 Department of Homeland Security weapons were lost -- some falling into the hands of criminals -- after officers left them in restrooms, vehicles and other public places, according to an inspector general report.
The officers, with Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, "did not always sufficiently safeguard their firearms and, as a result, lost a significant number of firearms" between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2008, the report said.
In all, 243 firearms were lost in both agencies during that period, according to the January report from Inspector General Richard Skinner. Of those, 36 were lost because of circumstances beyond officers' control -- for instance, ICE lost a firearm during an assault on an officer. Another 28 were lost even though officers had stored them in lockboxes or safes. . . .

Thanks to Ken Mott for this link.



Blogger Angie said...

Bureaucracy is bureaucracy.
Inefficient and wasteful.

I met a guy who bought a vehicle from DHS. They let him drive it out of the lot with their tags still on it and a glovebox full of official documents.

He got it super cheap, because they said it had transmission issues, but he had been driving it for a year or so and had never encountered any problem at all.

2/18/2010 4:24 PM  

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