Representatives of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant at Patton Village city buildings on Oct. 4 confiscating boxes of documents.A local TV station reported that, "While the police department continued its patrols Tuesday, the rest of the offices were shut down as the DA's office tries to answer the question of whether or not anyone there misused city funds."
“We are executing search warrants on city buildings to collect various city records based on allegations of misappropriation of city funds,” said Phil Grant, head of the DA’s Public Integrity Unit.
Grant said he cannot comment on what city officials may be targeted in the investigation but noted that records are being searched both at city hall and the Patton Village Police Department.
“This will be ongoing for some time,” he said. “It will take several months for us to accurately review all the records we’re obtaining today.”
Grant said the seized papers will be submitted for forensic analysis. Officials primarily looked for business records to review them for possible illegal activity, he said.
I find it ironic that only five Texas PDs out of 149 requesting COPS grants received them, and almost immediately after they're announced one of the agencies has all its records seized by law enforcement investigating corruption charges. I'm not saying the two things are related: News reports about the raid on Patton Village institutions so far have been awfully vague. It's rather odd, though, for the town to be selected for a much-sought federal grant then see the town's records, including the police department, seized in an investigation over alleged misuse of funds.
Yesterday Grits argued that the proliferation of small police agencies creates problems and that the public would be best served by consolidating law enforcement agencies instead of expanding their number by an average of 15 per year. Examples like this only reinforce this blogger's view.