Marshals Service takes inventory as report says it lost radios

Story highlights

  • Law enforcement agency not confirming or denying Wall Street Journal report
  • Report said two-way radios and other communications gear unaccounted for
  • Marshals Service said full inventory under way
  • Agency says issue could involve outdated record keeping rather than lost equipment
The U.S. Marshals service said it will await a full inventory of its communications equipment before drawing any conclusion about a published report that high-security radios could not be accounted for.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday the law enforcement agency lost track of at least 2,000 encrypted two-way radios and other communication devices valued at millions of dollars, citing internal agency documents.
A law enforcement source told CNN that some devices in question were indeed encrypted, but could not say how many. Encrypted communications equipment is typically used to avoid surveillance or eavesdropping.
Drew Wade, spokesman for the Marshals Service, said the agency was reviewing its radio inventory.
"We believe that this issue is in large part attributable to poor record keeping as a result of an older property management system, as opposed to equipment being lost," Wade said.
Many of the radios at issue had previously been declared obsolete and were being phased out of circulation in favor of newer technology.
The Marshals Service is not aware of any instances where public safety was jeopardized over the issue in question.
It is in the process of acquiring a new property management system and intends to have it in place for the next fiscal year.