Halifax police probe allegations that evidence was mishandled; staffers on leave

Halifax police are investigating their own staff over allegations that property was mishandled.

They say the property, in the force's property and exhibit section, had been designated for destruction.

Four civilian employees have been placed on administrative leave.

Chief Jean Michel Blais says it's unknown whether there was any criminal activity, but they wanted to alert the public to the investigation in the interests of transparency.

The force says the section handles property that is seized, surrendered or found, while the exhibits are kept for investigative and court purposes, as well as to return property to its owners.

It says these exhibits do not include property related to drug investigations.