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Feds To Begin Audit Of San Diego Police Department

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The lights flash on a San Diego Police Department vehicle, Feb. 18, 2014.

U.S. Department of Justice auditors are in town to begin their assessment of the San Diego Police Department.

They'll be at Cherokee Point Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to collect community comments on the police department.

Former Police Chief William Lansdowne requested the outside review, which is expected to take six to eight months, before he retired in February. Shelley Zimmerman was appointed to replace Lansdowne and took over in March. She, along with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and Mayor Kevin Faulconer, invited the Department of Justice to conduct the probe.

The federal agency will be reviewing about 15 cases of misconduct documented over a three-year period to determine the cause of the problem plaguing the police force in one of the nation's safest cities.

On Monday, a San Diego police officer was arrested on domestic abuse charges for a second time in as many weeks.

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