LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The FBI has confirmed to WHAS11 News the agency has opened an official criminal investigation into the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Youth Explorer Program.

The FBI says the agency conducted an initial review at the request of Mayor Greg Fischer’s office.

The mayor is looking to hire former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey of Lexington to investigate whether the department covered up the allegations.

Two police officers who were advisers to the Explorer Program were involved.

Kenneth Betts was reassigned in 2014 and Brandon Wood was placed on administrative assignment last fall while the department’s Public Integrity Unit conducted their investigation.