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L.A. County Sheriff Vows Crackdown on Armed Deputies Drinking Alcohol

November 13, 2008  | 

The deputies' union adamantly opposes any restrictions on a deputy's ability to carry a weapon while off-duty. But Sheriff Lee Baca said he's determined to get his way, noting that there has been a "very disturbing" rise in alcohol-related misconduct among his deputies.

This year alone, 61 deputies have been arrested on alcohol-related charges. Of those, 39 were accused of driving under the influence, nearly twice the average of recent years. Many of those arrested were armed.

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ROB ROY @ 11/14/2008 4:07 AM

L.A. County sheriff vow's crack down on armed deputie's drinking. Yeah this should be a real priority of l.a.'s sheriff to have with all the crap that's going on right now. Are you kidding me? Is this the best he can come up with? What the hell is going on in California?

walkin' trails @ 11/14/2008 5:12 AM

I've got mixed feelings about that sort of thing, but I think that department policy ought to drill in "responsibility" over excessive regulations. If one beer makes you want to fight everyone as I've seen some of our own behave, then you need to leave the beer in the cooler and drink a coke. I remember a case involving a federal officer stationed in Southern California a number of years ago who lost his life taking on a nut with a knife outside of a bar. The nut had just killed another bar patron, and the officer, who was off duty, did not have his gun. The LA sheriff needs to look at other ways to eliminate that problem.

danfive0 @ 11/14/2008 1:38 PM

I realize that things are different in the "big city" but give me a break..we are supposed to up hold the law not stretch it to the limits or in this case break it....let's practice what we preach....policy needs to be clear and enforced equally.....Policing ourselves is sometimes the hardest...the press doesn't need anymore ammunition...

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