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LASD Hired Officers with Histories of Misconduct

December 02, 2013  | 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department hired dozens of officers even though background investigators found they had committed serious misconduct on or off duty, sheriff's files show.

The department made the hires in 2010 after taking over patrols of parks and government buildings from a little-known L.A. County police force. Officers from that agency were given first shot at new jobs with the Sheriff's Department. Investigators gave them lie detector tests and delved into their employment records and personal lives.

The Los Angeles Times reviewed the officers' internal hiring files, which also contained recorded interviews of the applicants by sheriff's investigators.

Ultimately, about 280 county officers were given jobs, including applicants who had accidentally fired their weapons,  had sex at work and solicited prostitutes, the records show.

Tags: Officer Misconduct, LASD, Hiring Standards


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Retired Chief @ 12/2/2013 6:14 AM

As a former member of the once exemplary LASD I am appalled at what the department has become under the current "leadership". There are so many issues of corruption, mismanagement, and negligent hiring that it is impossible to keep track of them all. Ultimately the only effective cure will be a new Sheriff from outside the department which, given the "politics" of Los Angeles and the huge amount of money needed to run against the incumbent Sheriff makes that cure next to impossible. The second cure would be in the form of a comprehensive federal grand jury investigation into all of the many allegations the department faces. Given the close ties between the Sheriff and the Obama regime that too is unlikely to happen. Meanwhile, department morale plummets to a new low and vast sums of $$$ is being paid to those who have filed legitimate claims against the agency. It is a shame what has happened and it explains why good managers in the agency eligible to retire are doing so.

Sammy Diggs @ 12/2/2013 3:35 PM

In addition to the numerous problems elucidated by Retired Chief above, there are also continuing serious problems at the jails including mistreatment of prisoners, not delivering mail including packages and legal mail as required by law, and routinely ignoring legal requirements to give inmates their medications, causing health problems and arguably indirectly, death.

Pup @ 12/2/2013 3:54 PM

Chief, you and I know how it was years ago. We can't allow a bad bunch to take us down. As you know, 37 years ago, when I first came on the department, we were well respected. Now days the respect is gone. However, we still have a great bunch of deputies. The ones who work and do a great job by serving the public and taking idiots to jail. I just ask the LE brothers and sisters to respect the hard working deputies of LASD. As for those who don't deserve to wear the badge, leave them in the dust. The code of ethics still lie upon the majority of us. This is why I'm still here. I believe we still have a great department in spite of our problems. God Bless and be safe....

Capt. Crunch @ 12/2/2013 6:48 PM

There are so many good people out there that are out of work and would make good police officer(s), but no the sheriffs dept. has to hire from the bottom of the barrel. Well folks look for more law suits.

JDB @ 12/2/2013 6:54 PM

Got to go with the pup on this one. There are many good deputies on the street, and that is why, ultimately, the agency will pull through. It will be painful for awhile no doubt, but the LASD is too good an agency to go down the drain. If even half of the allegations in the Times are true, the other county agency that was absorbed should have been held to the high standards of the Sheriff's Department. Apparently that did not happen, at least in some cases. If it was not plain to see before, you can now see how lowering hiring standards for law enforcement personnel will come back to bite you in so many ways. As a former Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff it pains me to read these stories in the media about an agency in which I was very proud to be a part. We are better than this! (Class 160).

S.S. @ 12/3/2013 10:53 AM

Well get ready for the law suits!!!

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/4/2013 1:58 AM

There are good Officers working everywhere, even in really corrupt agencies. In the south, corrupt LEO's are mostly at the management level and top Brass and High Sheriff's. Some agencies have been corrupt for so long they see it as "That's the way we have always done it" and have no inclination to change. When corruption runs that deep only the decertification of that agency can save it from itself and that will never happen because the FDLE has no teeth to enforce that kind of change. Law Enforcement is quickly becoming a dysfunctional family group. But the problems are nearly everywhere not just in one part of the country.

Alma Cruz @ 1/3/2014 4:50 PM


All hirings for County Police were approved by LASD and The Department of Personnel-Human Resources. LASD academy rejects were forced on County Police to hired or do without. All hirings and background checks were done by or approved by LASD since the 1970's. The Board of Supervisors approved all LASD Liasions assigned to County Police who reported to the Board of Supervisors directly. LASD Management TEAMS made themselves Chief and Asst. Chiefs without testing or the regular process for such titles.Sheriffs Baca, Block, Pitchess were all aware of County Police Operations on a monthly basis as a report was generated and distributed to the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff. All recent candidates who are running for Sheriff are well aware of County Police operations, in fact Mr. Tanaka was temporarily assigned to County Police. The hiring of Bayan Lewis, x-LAPD as Chief of County Police was found to have stolen machine guns parts and grenades from the military in his home, d
espite this incident he was not fired, in fact Mr. Michael Henry refused his resignation. I do agree with Sheriff Baca, the majority of men and women in LOS ANGELES COUNTY POLICE did a good job. I would like to see how many LASD personnel can pass a lie detector test after 5-10-15-20 years of service , I guarantee they would lose half of their force.

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