But there is more we want to see from the department once an officer is accused of wrongdoing. For one, investigations need to be conducted in a timely manner, and when they are not, people need to be disciplined. A criminal would never be let off the hook because an investigation wasn’t completed by a deadline and neither should a police officer. The department hasn’t even finished the internal investigation into the Gun Trace Task Force, and those officers are already serving prison sentences for their indiscretions, the consent report found. Knowing the weaknesses that led to the rogue behavior of the seven cops on that task force can be used in strategies to prevent other scandals.