Up to 200,000 rounds of police ammo missing

(WMC-TV) - A lot of ammunition is unaccounted for at the Memphis Police Department Training Academy.

City auditor Leon Pattman is investigating up to 200,000 rounds of missing ammunition at the academy's Firearms Training Unit, according to The Commercial Appeal.

Mayor A C Wharton confirmed there is an investigation, but declined specifics, citing the ongoing probe.

Pattman's investigation is part of a broader examination of the Organized Crime Unit - an audit requested by Police Director Toney Armstrong.

"It's a smart business decision to do," Armstrong said. "It was a change in administration. I encourage the next guy or woman that sits in this chair after me to do the same thing."

Though not complete, that same audit revealed possible ethical issues with OCU undercover officers training at a Investigative Techniques Unlimited, a company owned by an MPD undercover coordinator.

In a written opinion, the city's chief ethics officer concluded it to at least appear like a conflict of interest and suggested those officers, "terminate employment with ITU or take appropriate measures to ensure that ITU will not teach courses attended by city employees."

Whether it's a perceived off-target practice or missing bullets, Armstrong says he's not trigger shy about making recommended changes.

"Whatever shortcomings that they do find, I can assure you that I expect us to make the adjustments," he said. "I expect us to do whatever we have to do to get it right."

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