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Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2010 11:00 am

A three-year investigation into allegations of misconduct by Phoenix police officers based out of the South Mountain precinct during off-duty security work has yet to produce any resolution.

Trent Crump, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman, said the state Attorney General's Office has been looking into the allegations since 2007. Crump said he could not discuss details of the investigation.

The South Mountain precinct, northwest of Seventh and Southern avenues in Phoenix, provides police service to Ahwatukee Foothills.

"We turned over some information that we had received about officers out at the South Mountain precinct and off-duty work that they engaged in," Crump said. "The Attorney General's Office agreed to take a look at it. They have had it since then."

Mika Marquart, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office, said she could neither confirm nor deny the existence of any investigation.

Greta Rogers, a longtime Ahwatukee Foothills resident who monitors goings on at the South Mountain precinct, said she had been unaware an investigation had been in progress. But said that she doesn't believe such investigations are uncommon.

"In the last three to five years, occasionally there have been some investigations ongoing," Rogers said.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said few details about the investigation have reached the council.

"It's hard to tell the severity," he said.

Crump said the recent personnel shakeup at the precinct, including the change of the precinct commander and the transfer of several lieutenants to positions elsewhere in the city, is not related to the investigation.

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