COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Officials including a spokesman for the Colorado Springs Police Department told 11 News partner The Gazette that a glitch in the police department's electronic filing system seemed to have no effect on cases.
The Colorado Springs Police Department originally said 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.
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 of 2017 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 are isolated within the MVNI Division as the internal audit identified about 3,000 mostly narcotics-related case filings since 2013 may have been impacted.
In the more than 10 months since the error was discovered and the cases refiled, no defendants or attorneys have come forward claiming the missing documents would have changed the outcome of their trials, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office and the Police Department.
The Gazette went on to report to correct the error in the drug investigations, Black said police refiled all 3,000 case reports, which were then reviewed by the DA's Office. Letters explaining the error also were sent to each of the attorneys and pro-se defendants. No one came forward with complaints.