COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Colorado Springs Police Department says thousands of case files may have been impacted by discrepancies in the case filing procedure used by the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division (MVNI). CSPD found some electronic case report documents were not consistently being transferred to the El Paso County District Attorney's Office.
At this time it isn't clear what the impact these discrepancies have had on cases.
MVNI is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force made up of officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD), the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office, the Fountain Police Department and the Woodland Park Police Department. MVNI operates under the policies and procedures of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The issue was discovered in early February while CSPD was conducting an internal audit. The process of transferring case documentation is commonly referred to as “discovery” in cases where criminal charges are pending against a defendant.
It appears the issues is isolated within the MVNI Division as the internal audit identified about 3,000 case filings, mostly narcotics-related investigations, since 2013 may have been impacted.
The review is ongoing and we're working to learn more information.