Audit, requested by city, to cover department’s practices, policies
By Debbi Baker and Kristina Davis
March 24, 2014
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. attorney’s office and FBI will conduct a criminal investigation into misconduct at the San Diego Police Department, a probe that will run parallel to an independent federal audit also requested by city officials, authorities said Monday.
The criminal probe will focus on conduct in specific cases, while the audit will encompass a larger scope of police practice and policy to determine how to prevent future misconduct and restore the public’s trust in the department, authorities said.
“We believe every rock should be turned over,” said San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, who announced the criminal investigation at a downtown news conference hosted by U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, alongside other officials.
“If, and I emphasize if, crimes have been committed in addition to those already prosecuted, the perpetrators should be brought to justice,” he said.
He said both investigations are being done at the request of the city and are voluntary.
photo U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy announces that the Department of Justice will do an audit of the San Diego Police Department. John Gibbins/UT San Diego Sr.Sta
Authorities declined to discuss further details of the criminal investigation. On the other hand, authorities said. the separate audit will be done with full transparency.
“We have to ensure we absolutely have the public trust,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
The review is being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, known as COPS. It will take six to eight months to complete, at no cost to the city. All of its findings and recommendations will be made public.
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