Gun Audit of Dothan PD Shows Little Control

An internal city audit of firearms in the Dothan Police Department's evidence room showed little care was given to tracking guns, some of which ended up in the hands of officers who considered them as “perks of being an officer.”

The findings of the audit were reported by The Dothan Eagle, which got a copy of the audit Friday through a public records request.

Among the findings: Guns were taken for personal use and guns listed as destroyed were being used by officers; guns assigned to one officer ended up with another; guns reported stolen were never returned to owners but kept by officers; and weapons were checked
out to city employees in other agencies and even to private citizens.

More than 760 firearms were verified as existing in the room and recorded in the department's computer system, but 170 guns listed were not found, according to the article.

Dothan Police Chief John Powell said he is finishing his own investigation and will work with the city's personnel department to take any needed action.