Dallas, TX – The massive loss of data, an incident that occurred in August made the authorities to open an investigation for the case and now the FBI is joining the investigation.
According to the officials, more than 22 terabytes of data is missing from the Dallas Police Department when a worker deleted the files while he was moving files on another server.
Some of that data is unrecoverable and is impacting ongoing criminal cases. The city has since fired the employee involved.
A city council committee investigating the matter met Friday afternoon.
During the meeting, Dallas police revealed an investigation into the employee could neither prove or disprove whether the employee had criminal intent.
However, new information about the loss of additional data spurred the department to go to the FBI for help.
“This past Tuesday, we met with the FBI and asked for their assistance,” said Dallas Exec. Asst. Police Chief Albert Martinez. “And from that Tuesday meeting in their agreement, they are opening what they call an assessment.”
An FBI spokesperson confirmed the agency is providing technical assistance to Dallas PD.
In addition, the city attorney’s office is now searching for an outside firm that will conduct an investigation into the data loss.