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Guns missing from Pine County Sheriff’s Office

Duluth News Tribune, Minn.

Jan. 27–At least a dozen guns went missing from the Pine County Sheriff’s Office between 2008 and early 2011.
Prompted by citizen complaints that firearms were not being returned to their owners, Sheriff Robin K. Cole ordered an internal audit shortly after taking office a year ago, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The audit “found that access control and bookkeeping measures in place since 2001 were not in compliance with state mandated standards,” the release said. “It was further determined that during the period from 2008 to early 2011, twelve firearms documented to be in the custody of the PCSO are missing.”

The office has taken measures to improve the accountability of all property and Cole “will make every effort to contact the rightful owners of the missing firearms and make right these wrongs,” the release said.

The ongoing firearms investigation is one of 11 internal investigations involving 15 sheriff’s office employees conducted over the past year. The investigations included complaints of domestic violence, sexual harassment, excessive force, abuse of authority, failure to follow policies and order, and failure to perform assigned duties. The investigations produced disciplinary actions ranging from oral reprimands to termination.
Cole will discuss the issue at a Monday news conference.

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