The FBI was investigating allegations of mistreatment of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center by members of the Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, authorities announced Friday.
The allegations involved three deputies who were no longer employed by the department as of April 8, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.
Sheriff John McMahon also announced Friday that he had ordered an internal investigation into the allegations.
“I will not tolerate any misconduct by department personnel,” McMahon said in the release. “These allegations are being taken very seriously and this department is determined to get answers.”
The investigation began on March 5 when members of the department’s command staff received information regarding possible misconduct, the release stated.
No details regarding the specific allegations were released.