OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — Oakland’s acting police chief on Monday weighed in on the sex scandal that has rocked the department he now heads.
“I’m concerned. I’m very concerned. It goes against the core values of what a police officer is and what he or she does,” Interim Police Chief Ben Fairow told KPIX 5.
Fairow is referring to a teenage prostitute’s accusation that some Oakland officers had sex with her when she was a minor, in return for protection and information.
The 18-year-old girl, who goes by Celeste Guap, showed text messages from officers giving her information on undercover operations, and what parts of the city to avoid.
Five officers have been placed on administrative leave as a result of the ongoing investigation, and a sixth officer committed suicide.
When asked how widespread he felt the scandal might be, Fairow was hesitant.
“I feel, well, I’ve got to tell you – who knows?” said the chief. “I feel like we’ve gotten our arms around this and we have identified a majority of who might be involved. I hesitate to way we got everybody because the investigation is still ongoing.”
When pressed on how many officers he thought were involved, Fairow said he couldn’t talk numbers.
“At this point it is still under investigation,” he said. “I can’t get into specific, but I think our investigate team has worked hard to identify [all the officers involved].”
The scandal has changed how the department trains its officers.
“The training surrounding off duty activity has become more robust,” Fairow said.