The New Orleans Inspector General says the New Orleans Police Department has made big improvements in its evidence room, but more needs to be done.
In a 38 page report released overnight, IG Ed Quatrevaux says his investigators found thousands of pieces of evidence that have "exceeded all statutes of limitations but continued to be stored since Hurricane Katrina."
Auditors also found the NOPD failed to complete annual inventories and audits, and that the actual location of evidence did not agree with the storage locations noted in the computer system.
However, the report notes several significant improvements in the NOPD's Central Evidence and Property Section.
Quatrevaux praised the department for keeping money evidence in a interest-bearing account and adding a climate control DNA section.
"Evidence management has clearly improved but continued improvement is needed," he said.