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SAN DIEGO — Private investigators hired by the Department of Justice are in town and have begun looking into allegations against the San Diego Police Department.

sdpd-patchThe Police Executive Research Forum, based in Washington D.C. is conducting the audit, which began at Cherokee Point Elementary School in City Heights.

The auditors held a forum designed to listen to the community. They heard about problems with racial profiling, ignored or covered up investigations, and lack of officer training.

“We’re looking at incidents that have become problematic, looking at trying to determine best practices at recruiting, training, policies, all those things,” said Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of PERF.

Many people throughout San Diego have been requesting the audit after numerous reports of police misconduct from officers such as Anthony Arevalos who was convicted of soliciting sexual favors from women he pulled over.

The audit is expected to take six to eight months.