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(KTVI)- An official announcement could come today on a new federal department of justice investigation into the Ferguson Police Department.

Sources have told multiple media outlets that the investigation will be a top to bottom review of the Ferguson police department`s practices.

It will be conducted by the civil rights division of the Department of Justice.

One official tells CNN that the review will examine previous incidents and complaints involving Ferguson police. It will also look at the training of Ferguson police officers to see how the department operates and whether it meets federal standards.

This investigation will be separate from the ongoing inquiry by the justice department into whether Michael Brown's civil rights were violated when the 18 year old was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th.

Attorney General Eric Holder came to St. Louis on August 20th. Holder met with several groups including Michael Brown`s family.

At that point, he gave no indication that the federal investigation would be expanded beyond the initial civil rights probe.

Our partners at the Post-Dispatch are quoting Ferguson Mayor James Knowles as saying that he met with two department of justice workers Wednesday afternoon at the Ferguson City Hall.

Knowles says he welcomes the investigation and Ferguson officials have nothing to hide.

Activists who have been protesting the Michael Brown shooting have released a statement calling the latest investigation a victory in the search for justice for Michael Brown and a step toward ending police violence nation wide.