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Final report on SCMPD internal affairs investigation released

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The private firm investigating the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs Department has released its final report. 

Manual, Daniels and Burke, International, or MDBI, was retained to investigate the department following the allegations of misconduct and potential criminal acts by members of the department.

The firm investigated these allegations and issued two reports on it. 

The final report investigated specifically the internal affairs department, it's functions and why it failed to properly handle the first investigation regarding misconduct within the department. 

MDBI interviewed several people within SCMPD and outside the department as well as reviewed documents policies and correspondence. 

What they found was the the previous leadership within the department failed to provide proper leadership and management to the Internal Affairs Department. 

The report says they found examples of obstruction and interference with the internal affairs process and procedures by the former chief of police and his command staff. 

They also found the department lost important partnerships in the community with agencies like the DA's office. 

The current computer systems and software makes it difficult to even find and retrieve analysis of internal affairs disciplinary records. 

The firm found a significant attrition problem that in a matter of two years, the department lost close to 200 good officers. Some of the interviews suggests it was officers resigning due to the favoritism atmosphere. 

And last, MDBI found that the internal affiairs standards were not being followed. 

The firm said there has been a lot of progress following the recent changes within the department. They recommend an inspectional audit of the Internal Affairs department, more training, and updated software.

And that whoever takes on the position of chief should be involved in the continued development of the IAD.

"The main thing is to put the corrective actions in place and to make sure that they're across the board, that what is good in our standards are practiced across the board," said Mayor Edna Jackson at Thursday's meeting.

The report recommends that the new chief be familiar with the report and its findings.

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