KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Police Department reports several officers have been suspended from its Crime Against Children Division.

Two sergeants and seven detectives have been suspended with pay while the department undergoes an investigation following claims that some cases have not been addressed in a timely fashion.

Arrest-Featured-PrintsAn internal probe was launched Thursday, January 28, 2016, after Chief Darryl Forte first became aware of issues within the department in October of 2015. The department is allegedly concerned some of the serious cases involving vulnerable victims may not have been handled properly. For the remainder of the probe, a commander, sergeant, and other experienced detectives will be managing Crime Against Children cases.

Crime Against Children is an investigative unit specializing in cases involving children 16 years old or younger who are victims of physical or sexual abuse and other crimes.