Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
Report critical of local law enforcement spending
A report released by the U.S. Senate yesterday is critical of spending at the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center, one of four such centers in the state for various law enforcement agencies to share data.
Among the questionable purchases: $75,000 for 55 flat screen televisions authorities said were necessary for agents to watch news broadcasts, $25,000 on surveillance equipment including cameras designed to be disguised as shirt buttons, and $200,000 for 116 computer workstations, despite only 80 employees being assigned to the Center.
A former director at the Center was reportedly fired over the TV purchases.
“We want to make sure the money is spent wisely and efficiently for the purposes of protecting Californians,” said Mike Dayton, undersecretary of the California Emergency Management Agency, promising to examine the report.
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