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    The US Department of Justice revealed a number of drawbacks in San Diego Police Department practices.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of Justice (DOJ) found numerous drawbacks in San Diego Police Department practices, including in its accountability, supervision and training, according to a DOJ Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) press release.

    “The report identifies a number of deficiencies in recruiting practices, supervision and training of officers, accountability systems, mechanisms for reviewing citizen complaints and leadership,” the press release, issued on Tuesday, said.

    The COPS began a review of the Sand Diego Police Department in March 2014, and focused on 17 cases of police misconduct over a period of five years.

    “The assessment recommends a comprehensive approach to… the training and supervision of officers, the recruitment and selection of new officers, accountability mechanisms, internal investigations and disciplinary practices,” the press release said.

    COPS Office Director Ronald Davis noted the report should be “a blueprint for reforms” for the San Diego police, and released 40 recommendations for the police to improve their practices, according to the press release.

    “The numerous recommendations they have made will only help us improve our department and the proud service we provide to our community,” San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman was quoted as saying in the press release.

    In December, US Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that Cleveland police was engaged in systematic power abuse in violation of the US Constitution.

    Earlier this month, the DOJ released a 100-page report about law enforcement practices in Ferguson, Missouri, and detailed how the city’s police and municipal court intentionally racially profiled African Americans and violated their rights. The report also revealed how Ferguson administrative and judicial officials systematically assisted friends, colleagues, acquaintances and themselves in eliminating citations, fines, and fees.

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