It is not an easy job.
It requires constant monitoring and double checking.
"In case a weapon does turn up missing....we're able to account for it and tell them what the make, model, and serial number was," La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez explained.
His officers deal with some pretty high powered weapons and while the checking ~In TM and ~Out TM can be time consuming to the officer, they all know it is for the best.
"It is a good idea and a common practice we use every day, he said. This is to cover our behinds'. All we need is for ATF to come in and ask where a weapon is and we don TMt know."
Kept under lock and key, San Juan police keep the same type of log and make sure every weapon they have, seized or department issued, is stored in a locker and under surveillance 24 hours a day.
"Officers do need weapons to do their job, but we need to make sure they're held accountable for that.
One way of doing that, San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said, is to conduct an audit every year of each piece of equipment and weapon issued to each and every one of his 35 plus officers. We want to make sure that they have the weapon and equipment that was assigned to them. If we find inconstancies we look into that and correct it as soon as possible."
Gonzalez added, unfortunately things do happen, but these policies are in place to make sure they don TMt.