Lieutenants speak out to correct audit inaccuracies

Posted at 9:48 AM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 09:48:48-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- An independent audit recently showed what was lacking in the Fort Myers Police Department.  But some are questioning about whether what investigators found is accurate.

In an internal memo sent to Police Chief Derrick Diggs last month, six lieutenants pick apart the Freeh Audit to highlight what they believe are inaccuracies.

In the memo, the lieutenants list 12 things they say are not accurate.  Many of the issues focused on training, and discipline.

The audit says officer discipline was often inconsistent.  One example is the firing of an officer.  The audit says the officer was fired for lying about his location, but the lieutenants say he was fired for other reasons.

Another instance was an officer who was fired for failing a drug test.  The audit says he was given a more severe punishment than a supervisor, who also failed a drug test.

The lieutenants say the supervisor did not receive preferential treatment, because the supervisor was also disciplined.

The lieutenants wrote they do support the recommendations made in the scathing audit.  However, they want the Freeh Group to address this memo by issuing a correction to these statements.