September 15, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An Oakland city audit criticizes the Police Department for squandering nearly $2 million on technology systems that were never used or were underutilized.
The audit says four of the 12 police technology systems examined
weren't used and one was underutilized.
Additionally, vendors of three of the failed systems later went out of business, leaving the city with no opportunity for a refund.
Auditor Courtney Ruby's report doesn't include the department's unreliable new radio system, which recently failed during President Barack Obama's visit last month.
The Oakland Tribune says the audit released on Wednesday faults the Police Department for failing to adequately investigate the technology before purchase.
The audit also says there was poor record keeping, saying there was inadequate management or tracking of the systems after purchase.