Sheriff's Dept. Report Reveals 'Trouble Cases' in Hiring Controversy

From City News Service

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has identified 15 cases in which employees who got jobs during a controversial mass hiring in 2010 went on to be disciplined for violating department rules, according to a new sheriff department report cited today.
The report comes a month after the Los Angeles Times reported that the sheriff's department hired dozens of officers even though background investigators concluded that they had committed serious misconduct, including falsifying records, stealing and soliciting prostitutes.
The Times found that three of those employees faced new accusations of misconduct after joining the department.  

The misconduct findings resulted in suspensions, reprimands and in one case, a deputy retiring in lieu of being punished, the department report said, according to The Times. Of the 15 cases, 13 involved sworn deputies and the other two involved non-sworn officials.
Nearly a dozen additional misconduct investigations involving employees hired in 2010 are still pending, officials said.
The study, which was submitted to the Board of Supervisors this week, marks the first time that Sheriff Lee Baca has acknowledged that some of those hires committed new wrongdoing in his department, according to The Times.
The employees were among about 280 officers hired from a small L.A. County police force called the Office of Public Safety that patrolled county facilities and parks. The OPS was disbanded as a cost-savings measure, with the sheriff's department taking over its responsibilities.
Jake Mooney January 02, 2014 at 11:03 PM
What does Baca plan to do about the problem?
Jake Mooney January 02, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Is this site becoming an extension of Huffington Post? I just had a comment deleted for no apparent reason. No profanity, no name calling, just not liberal.
Bill C. January 03, 2014 at 12:17 PM
This is a very left leaning site. Baca should be voted out and Tanaka is no better, has been part of the problem the entire time. Olmstead seems the logical choice.
Jake Mooney January 03, 2014 at 12:52 PM
You've got that right about Baca and Tanaka. This from a thirty year insider.
PC January 03, 2014 at 07:13 PM
Seriously? Left leaning? I think I'm the only Liberal in town and I wouldn't delete your comment Jake!!
Larry S January 03, 2014 at 08:44 PM
I'm the other liberal here PC and as far as I'm concerned anyone can say anything they want. I THOUGHT that the Constitution kind of guarantees that.
Bill C. January 03, 2014 at 11:47 PM
I've been deleted off Patch before and Huff Post as well, never off a right leaning website. The left is simply like that.


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