A POLICE gun that was stolen from the Wangaratta Police Station more than two months ago has not been recovered.
Victoria Police’s professional standards command has taken over the investigation, which is understood to have cleared serving police officers.
Police said the officer in charge of the station, where the spare police-issue gun was stored, became aware the gun was missing on June 11.
The officer then initiated an immediate investigation.
Inspector Dave Ryan said yesterday the semi-automatic pistol was still missing.
“When there is a firearm that’s been taken we’re concerned that somehow we get it back and return it to our safe-keeping,” the Wangaratta inspector said.
Insp Ryan said professional standards police took over the investigation once it was established it was not an “accounting error”.
In other words, when police realised the gun was stolen, the Melbourne-based officers stepped in.
“It’s so there’s independence from the local area command,” he said.