Chief calls for outside audit of police department

Chief calls for outside audit of police department

fox5sandiego.com

[trib_ndn vid=25628990]SAN DIEGO — Chief William Lansdowne is calling for an outside audit of the San Diego Police Department in response to the latest accusations of sexual misconduct against one of his officers.

SDPD Chief William Lansdowne SDPD Chief William Lansdowne

The chief said he was in negotiations with the Department of Justice and two outside agencies to develop a review of department practices. The audit was prompted in part by allegations against Officer Christopher Hays, which followed similar charges against former Officer Anthony Arevalos.

Hays is accused of groping four women while detaining them for various reasons on separate occasions last year, SDPD officials said Thursday.  Since the initial report, two additional women have come forward.

Arevalos was convicted in November 2011 of felony and misdemeanor charges involving five women, including multiple counts of sexual battery by restraint, asking for a bribe and assault and battery by a police officer.

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