ANDERSON, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2016)-- Just a few days into his job as Anderson’s new police chief, Tony Watters said he is taking the steps to make sure things are done right this year.
“We want a clean slate and want to know what we are working with,” said Anderson Police Chief Tony Watters.
The chief is beginning 2016 with an internal audit of the department’s property room, which holds all evidence, including seized drugs and cash.
“From guns to drugs to anything that officers have taken in, it will be in that property room,” said Watters.
He said only a few officers have access to the property room, so if something is missing the chief believes they will be able to find out who is responsible.
“There would be an ongoing investigation. I don’t see that happening at all. We do have a very good police department and we are just making sure…we don’t want any surprises,” said Watters.
Like the surprise last month, when now former Anderson Police officer Donnie Jordan was arrested and charged with possession and intent to deliver drugs while he was on duty and wearing his police uniform.
In September $5,000 was taken from the Drug Task Force office. That case is still under investigation by Indiana State Police.
“One officer has been charged in federal court with drug related activity. I think there is some suspicions related to at least one other officer. $5,000 has come up missing from the drug task force. So, I think that it is absolutely responsible to audit all of the drugs in the property locker,” said Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings.
These incidents along with more accusations are why the Prosecutor Cummings said regular audits are necessary.
“This is a good start for at least getting a handle on where we are at,” said Cummings.