Leaders of the D.C. police officers' and firefighters' unions are calling for an investigation into how personnel records wound up in dumpster fires.
A letter sent Tuesday to the D.C. inspector general says firefighters found three dumpsters full of burning documents at the fire department's training academy on Friday.
The letter says firefighters noticed that at least some of the documents were personnel records for members of the D.C. police department and fire and emergency medical services department.
The letter says there were also unburned documents found in an abandoned car and scattered on the ground at the training facility.
A message left with the inspector general's office was not immediately returned Tuesday.
"Once this matter was brought to our attention, our Internal Affairs Division immediately began investigating," read a statement from D.C. police. "We are looking into whether any records retention protocols have been violated. The Metropolitan Police Department will cooperate with the Office of the Inspector General during the course of their investigation."
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