Inventory finds gear, but no weapons, “missing” from Waverly PD

Waverly Police are trying to determine what happened to missing equipment turned over to the department as part of a federal support program.

Police Chief Chris Johnson said the department has been trying to pull out of the program since he became chief about a year and a half ago.

“There’s hardly any of that equipment left that we can use,” Johnson said.

Deputy Chief Jason Divjak learned last week that several items were not part of the equipment provided by the Law Enforcement Support Office. The program is operated by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency to share tactical gear no longer needed by the military with approximately 11,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide.

No weapons are among the missing items discovered during an inventory check. It was also determined that some of the equipment had been returned to the program warehouse.

Johnson said he thinks there’s a good possibility that what’s considered missing isn’t actually missing.

“We’ve sent things back to the government because we can’t use them and then blamed ourselves for them going missing because they say they had no record of them being received,” he said.

Still missing are a magazine of 5.56mm military cartridges, a rifle bipod, two reflex sights, four pairs of binoculars and a parachute deployment bag. Two vehicle service kits and an electrical connector were also missing.

The equipment was stored in an area accessible to officers and city employees, according to a police report.

“We’re a town of 1,300 people with five full-time officers and maybe six part-time officers,” Johnson said, “so it’s not like we have a lot of people who can just take things and walk away unnoticed.”