Auditor finds problems with police work records

CLEVELAND - The police department has started investigating an auditor's finding that officers claimed to be on duty while working off-duty jobs at city-owned parking garages, a spokesman said.

The city's internal auditor reviewed the 2004 and 2005 operating expenses for two parking garages where uniformed, off-duty police officers direct traffic and provide security under a contract with a security firm.

William Sweeney, who owns Comprehensive Security Solutions, said about 40 police officers work at the garages in a year.

City officials and police spokesman Sgt. Dan Galmarini would not name the officers whose time sheets have been questioned. The police department's Internal Affairs Unit is investigating.

The city was billed for more than $29,000 in work that was not backed up by hours recorded on time sheets, the audit says.

The garages are near the downtown baseball stadium and basketball arena.

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