According to state law (114-10.01), law enforcement officers are
required to submit forms following most types of traffic stops. If those
records are not submitted within 60 days, the agency "shall be
ineligible to receive any law enforcement grants available by or through
the State until the information which is reasonable available is
submitted" (114-10.01 (d1)).
At the time, WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous said some of the
problems could be blamed on a transition to electronic forms, but that some of
his officers simply were not filling out the forms.
"They are busy and some of them drop the ball, there is no
question about that, but we are holding them accountable now," said Evangelous.
A memo outlines measures that will immediately be put in
place to address the issues including monthly audits by the Records supervisor.
In addition, all officers will be trained on the importance of filling out the
The memo also says that the Records Unit will assign staff
to work during off hours to research and enter as many non submitted reports as
So far, the records department has submitted 644 previously
missing forms to the State. The WPD estimates it will take two months to
research and enter all the data from 2012.