LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A backlog of unanalyzed fingerprint evidence has more than doubled in the last two years, hampering Los Angeles Police Department investigations into thousands of burglaries and other property crimes, officials said Wednesday.
The number of such cases numbered about 2,200 in 2012, compared with current cases topping 5,400, according to data reported by The Los Angeles Times.READ MORE: Man And Woman Shot To Death In Gardena
The backlog comes despite LAPD efforts to process fingerprints more effectively, including having officers rather than analysts collect fingerprints at some crime scenes, The Times reported.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck described the backlog as “very problematic” and attributed the delays to a staffing shortage within the LAPD’s Latent Print Unit, The Times reported.
But Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the situation has forced personnel to adopt some changes that could pay off in the long run.