WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - He said he was going to make the department more accountable, and
He's only been at the job for three months and already West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo has opened up three major department audits.
"The next logical step was okay we looked here, we've looked there why are we piecemealing it? Let's just look across the board,” explained Russo.
First it started with the now disbanded narcotics unit which resulted in dozens of cases being thrown out and at least one officer fired. Then last month Russo called for an audit of all sex crime investigations.
According to a letter sent to the department in 2012, the Children's
Russo said, "Did we inappropriately close cases? That info is coming forward I expect my full brief on that tomorrow."
While that investigation is wrapping up another department wide audit is beginning.
"What I wanted to know is what do we have doing on inside the department?” explained Russo. “What kind of cases? What are we doing? How are we tracking them? Are we making sure we have attention to those cases?"
In total, the department heads will be reviewing close to one-thousand open cases.
Russo said, "There's a victim behind that investigation and that's where the importance really is - is serving that victim."
Serving those victims and the public as a whole; Russo hopes by being accountable to themselves and the citizens of
"I want the department to move on,” said Russo. “I think everyone inside the department wants to move forward, but in doing this we know we have to look inside critically at ourselves and that might bring some pains out and we'll get through that."