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L.A. Sheriff Punished Deputies With Jail Duty

November 14, 2011  | 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been assigning deputies who have been disciplined for assorted misconduct to work in county jail as part of their sanctioned punishment, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In one example, Deputy Enrique Munoz's record included allegations of fraud, loan sharking and threatening to kill somebody when he was assigned to work as a jail deputy. For years, the department transferred problem deputies to the system's lockups as a way of keeping them from the public.


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Captain C @ 11/15/2011 5:48 AM

It would appear that the LA Sheriff is a poor manager and further lacks the vision to understand the liability he is placing LA County under. Further he is diminishing the professionals that work as jail deputies day in and day out in LA County. What a poor statement he is sending to this troops of the value he places on them and the role they play in the LA County Sheriff's Office. How disappointing. Maybe he should hang out with Sheriff Joe. Whether you like Sheriff Joe or not, atleast everyone knows that he values his detention staff.

getem @ 11/15/2011 6:20 AM

Good point, Sheriff Joe does have a great value on his Detention staff and has stated that many times.

getem @ 11/15/2011 6:22 AM

Having problem employees in the jail system is just as bad as having them on the streets. The punishment for example Munoz should be termination, period!

richard valdemar @ 11/15/2011 10:40 AM

The L.A. Times, as usual, over simplifies the problem. The article claims that the jail is the dumping ground for bad deputies …and that does happen. There is also a span of supervision problems with hundreds of deputies on a shift making proper daily briefings and direct supervision difficult. The poor hiring practices and background investigations of the Sheriff is another. The policy of leaving new deputies in the custody division for 8 – 10 years or more before they reach a patrol station is another. Inviting the ACLU into monitor the jail was also a serious mistake! But the jail system is also where Sheriff Baca promoted and placed his favored fair haired executives, some of whom were poor leaders. That top leadership degraded all the supervision down to the senior deputies.
Ultimately Sheriff Baca is in charge and the most responsible. After all according to the California Penal Code maintaining the county jail system is the Sheriff’s paramount duty.

dingo3497 @ 11/15/2011 1:09 PM

Very well said R.Valdemar

Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 11/15/2011 5:37 PM

Mr. Valdemar has good points. Baca is out of touch. In my time a deputy did maybe 2-3 years before the oppurtunity to transfer to patrol. 8-10 yrs in CJ could be cruel unless you wanted stability in shift assignments to go to college. But, the jail system has always been the spot to transfer inept patrol deputies, always. read www.whenlawmenlie.com

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