Custody of Valuable Exhibits: Audit Report
November 5, 2014 2:33 am
The Auditor General’s report for 2010 states that valuable exhibits such as jewelries and cash confiscated by the Police should be sealed in envelopes and kept in a Police Safe.
The report tabled in Parliament has noted that some of the exhibits kept at the Nabua Police Station were more than 7-years-old.
However, no cases were filed in Courts relating to these exhibits,
For some exhibits which included cash and other items – no complaints were received by the Station or ownership were claimed by the public.
In 2010 the Nabua Police Station had more than $50, 000 cash in its exhibits for which no action has been taken so far.
The report says disposal orders should be complied after the expiry of 14 days, unless an appeal has been lodged, where such exhibits shall be retained until the completion of all appeal hearings.
The audit also found that exhibits register was not updated and important details such as case numbers, authority for disposal, and signature of police officer witnessing were not recorded.
In Response the Fiji Police Force says it will ensure that proper records are maintained for all exhibits.
The Force says corrective actions are now undertaken after an internal audit.
The Force says exhibits that were more than 7 years old, and where lawful owners could not be located are now listed in order to seek a court order for their disposal, exhibit with value will be auctioned for revenue, and exhibits with known owners were contacted.