Anniston Police are used to facing bad guys, that's why they carry guns. But nothing in their experience or training has prepared them for their biggest adversary these days: a leaky roof.
With rain becoming frequent this summer, the department has been forced to deal with the issue more often than usual, and more leaks mean more problems.
Ceiling tiles bow under the weight of water, and cracks are appearing in walls. After Monday night's brief rainstorm, the crime lab had to be mopped up and a desktop computer keyboard had to be turned upside down to dry out.
Fortunately, police haven't reported any criminal evidence being compromised, but they say it's a struggle.
"We're not able to leave any evidence out, for any length of time, and we have to keep it locked up or put somewhere away from where the leaks are occurring, so that the evidence does not get compromised," says Anniston Police investigator Sgt. Fred Forsythe.