Police credit card use raises questions
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$ 1254 was spent on art for the Box Hill police station.
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THE revelation that Victoria Police has spent more than $ 3.5 million on corporate credit cards in the past three years is surprising.

Police argue the 250 cards are provided to senior sworn and non-sworn members and are used in accordance with government procurement guidelines.

They say spending is reviewed on a monthly basis and the provision of the cards is a more efficient way of managing purchases than through petty cash.

This explanation is undermined by some of the expenditure records that show the credit cards were used to pay for accommodation in day spas, flowers, gifts and fast food.

In the three-year period, $ 52,000 was spent at Crown and various outlets at the complex.

The credit cards are funded by the taxpayer.

The person issued with the card is, according to government guidelines, required to “always act in the interests of the state, as opposed to their own personal interests or convenience”.

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Stolen electronics put to use at Orlando Police Department
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March 02, 2012|By Bianca Prieto, Orlando Sentinel

Stolen flat-screen TVs, cameras and iPads seized by Orlando police are being used by officers, investigators and even Chief Paul Rooney.

All of the property was seized after a controversial shooting in a crowded Target parking lot more than a year ago, when police fired at three unarmed men accused of buying the merchandise with stolen credit cards.

Suspect Rogelio Cortes was shot multiple times, but all the charges against him were ultimately dropped, and he’s now planning to sue the city. Nearly a year after the shooting, the other two suspects pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen credit card and fraudulent use of a stolen credit card.

Once the case was resolved, the department no longer needed to hold on to the seized, unclaimed evidence. So it began farming out costly electronics to officers, command staff and those in specialty units.

It’s not illegal — or even improper — to do this. And Rooney says the valuable items are enabling his department to make use of the technology without spending public money to buy it.

“Why not do this?” Roone…………… continues on Orlando Sentinel

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