Patrol investigates Seattle assistant police chief

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol has completed a criminal investigation into allegations of official misconduct by Seattle assistant police chief Mike Sanford.

Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins says the agency forwarded its report last week to the King County Prosecutor. He declined to specify the allegations, saying the case was still open.

Calkins says the patrol began its investigation about a month ago. He says the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office asked the patrol open a criminal investigation at the request of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/IVKUGE) first reported the news Tuesday. It says 51-year-old Stanford commands the department's patrol operations bureau and has been a key figure in overseeing broad reforms sought the Justice Department as part of a civil right investigation.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com