- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) - The FBI seized computer hard drives and documents from Calexico Police Department headquarters in what it said Friday was a criminal investigation involving several officers.

The allegations involve officers suspected of committing crimes while on duty, said FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth, who wouldn’t be more specific.

Thursday’s raid came less than three weeks after Pompeyo Tabarez was fired as police chief in the border city of 40,000 people about 120 miles east of San Diego. The city gave no explanation for the firing at the time.

Interim Police Chief Michael Bostic, who retired as an assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in 2007 after 34 years, said Thursday that several officers have been suspended.

“I’ve come from an agency that’s dealt with corruption several times, and it’s always a few that make us all look bad,” he said. “If there are a few, we will weed them out, but we don’t know.”

Interim City Manager Richard Warne said he hoped to transform the Police Department.

“Our first goal is to return honorable service to the citizens of Calexico, that most officers in the department still provide,” he said.

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