The Inspection Unit is part of the Office of Professional Standards and works out of the office of the Chief of Police reporting to the Chief.
The unit performs a quality control function for the department. It is responsible for reviews of policy and procedure to ensure policies in place are valid, given current trends, court decisions and the department’s goals; recommending changes as appropriate.
The unit conducts inventories of money, firearm and drug evidence and is responsible for the deposits of money and destruction of narcotics and guns. In 2011, the unit conducted 28 firearms inventories and destroyed 910 firearms, as well as evidence from 3,824 Narcotics cases involving unprocessed plant-based drugs. The unit also conducted 21 inventories of cash totaling over $270,589.00.
A major challenge to the unit is there is no place locally to destroy narcotic evidence due to pollution control guidelines. Efforts are being made to partner with other agencies and the State of Minnesota to come up with a plan and location to destroy chemical based narcotics.
The unit conducts site inspections of the Headquarters building and all off-site police facilities and units. In 2011, 33 inspections were conducted. Recommendations made, following the inspections, have resulted in facility repairs, improvements in procedures and identification of security issues.
A unit supervisor also coordinates scheduling and staffing for traffic control needed for events at the Xcel Center.