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By Juan Carlos Fanjul email

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) -- The city's top cop speaks out 1 day after the Palm Beach County State Attorney's office opened a probe into his department.

The State Attorney is looking into allegations of overtime padding in a specific unit of the Riviera Beach police department. They requested the FBI's help in the investigation.

Chief Clarence Williams did not say how many officers are involved and how high the investigation reaches, but says his staff turned over several records Tuesday and has launched an in-house internal investigation.

"If there are violations, if there was wrong doing, then the people responsible will be dealt with," said Williams.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the chief says he may change the process in which overtime is assigned to make sure no one takes advantage of the system.

"I can't think of a system in place where human beings are involved that people can't circumvent the process and find ways to do that. So if we discover that, we will shore that up," said Williams.

Williams said he has opened up his own internal investigation into the matter and hopes to conclude it in 180 days.

 

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