PORTLAND -- The Multnomah County sheriff's office has taken greater control of its handgun safety class following an audit that recommended changes.

Sheriff Dan Staton requested the audit of the entire concealed handgun licensing unit after an employee was arrested in 2011 and accused of improperly approving a license for her son.

The audit by a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy concluded the licensing unit generally follows the law, but found fault with the handgun safety class.

The deputy said an instructor who was under contract with the county dressed unprofessionally.

The deputy also noted that students received certificates of completion before class, so they could have left without being trained.

In response to the audit, the sheriff's office opted to have a deputy from its training unit teach the Tuesday night class.

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