US Justice Department to launch review of Calexico police

US Justice Department to launch review of Calexico police

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department is launching a review of the Calexico Police Department amid an FBI investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing by some officers.

Calexico Mayor John Moreno said Monday that the federal government was intervening at the city’s request in an effort to restore public confidence in the city.

The Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services called the exercise a “collaborative reform process” in a statement that gave no details on the scope of the review. City and federal officials have scheduled a joint news conference Tuesday.

The mayor says at least six officers on a force of about 35 have been fired.

There will be a press conference Tuesday afternoon.  U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy and U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Director Ronald Davis will announce the launch of the collaborative reform process with the Calexico Police Department.

Calexico Mayor John Moreno and Calexico Police Chief Michael Bostic will also be in attendance.

The FBI  raided CPD in October 2014, taking computer hard drives, documents and other items as part of the ongoing investigation.  Since then Chief Bostic has made an effort to revamp the department. There have also been public meetings for residents interested in learning the latest about the investigation and the progress CPD has made.

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