An audit of how the Metro Nashville Police Department counts and reports crime has been delayed again, the city's independent auditor tells NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
In an email, Metropolitan Auditor Mark Swann said that "the audit report continues to be in the draft phase and is being reviewed by the MNPD." Swann added that he expects that the final report will "hopefully" be issued sometime next month.
Last July, police ordered a review of burglary reports after NewsChannel 5 discovered burglaries being downgraded to vandalism. One precinct commander told his subordinates that "the word going forward is to call these incidents what they are."
NewsChannel 5's year-long investigation also discovered:
Just as NewsChannel 5's first stories were set to air, longtime Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas resigned to take a new job in New Orleans. Mayor Dean later appointed Serpas' number two, Steve Anderson, as Nashville's new police chief.