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Problem with Confidential LAPD Files Out in the Open Addressed

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Unsecured files next to a parking garage staircase | Photo by the Los Angeles Police Protective League

Remember last October when the LAPD's union busted the department for storing confidential files in common spaces like hallways and parking garages with no security (see photos here)? Documents with social security numbers, serial numbers, search warrants, arrestee booking information and more was there for the taking. Even some boxes were marked “Evidence” and “Analyzed Evidence."

Word spread through the media and the police commission quickly asked for a report "documenting the circumstances that lead to the problem along with the Office of Operations' corrective and preventive measures that were put into place," wrote Chief Charlie Beck in a memo to the commission with that report attached (.pdf), which was finalized in December.

Unsecured files were found in three stations--Northeast, Southwest and Wilshire--with most records scheduled to be destroyed. However, files at Northeast were supposed to be, and eventually were, sent to a secured storage facility.