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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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Division of State Police
Seized Assets Program(Follow-Up)


Issued: November 28, 2017
Link to full audit report 2017-F-21

Purpose
To determine the extent of implementation of the six recommendations included in our original report,Seized Assets Program (2013-S-46).

Background
The mission of the New York State Division of State Police (Division) is to serve, protect, and defend the people of New York State while preserving their rights and dignity. During the course of an investigation or an arrest, law enforcement agencies may seize assets, including cash, personal property, real property, vehicles, or other items that are suspected of being used to conduct criminal activity, are the proceeds from a criminal activity, or were purchased with the proceeds of a criminal activity. As of October 2017, the Division was tracking 3,193 pending seized assets valued at $582.4 million. Our initial audit report, which was issued on December 23, 2014, covering the period April 1, 2011 through September 19, 2013, determined whether the Division properly accounts for seized assets and whether it obtains the requested share from forfeited assets. We concluded that the division did not properly account for or track seized assets.

Key Finding

  • The Division has implemented the six recommendations identified in our prior audit report. 

Key Recommendation

  • None

Other Related Audits/Reports of Interest

Division of State Police: Seized Asset Program (2013-S-46)


State Government Accountability Contact Information:
Audit Director: Brian Reilly
Phone: (518) 474-3271; Email: StateGovernmentAccountability@osc.state.ny.us
Address: Office of the State Comptroller; Division of State Government Accountability; 110 State Street, 11th Floor; Albany, NY 12236