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L.A. Sheriff Baca Gave Take-Home Cars to Well-Connected Reserves

March 05, 2012  | 

Ford Crown Vic (2004). Photo:
Ford Crown Vic (2004). Photo:

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has recalled unmarked units assigned to reserve deputies after a Los Angeles Times investigation showed cars had been given to well-connected volunteers.

In one case, a fundraiser for Sheriff Lee Baca was assigned an unmarked vehicle. When contacted, an LASD spokesman said whether a reserve deputy is a donor doesn't factor into the decision to assign a take-home car.

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martyb @ 3/5/2012 4:17 PM

Maybe Bacca gave him an unmarked department vehicle to drive because he didn't have a valid, unexpired, or un-revoked California Driver's License... Oh Wait... Silly me that was only supposed to be for undocumented (illegal aliens)...

jas @ 3/5/2012 4:48 PM

Baca is notorious for many things ... this latest sleaze hardly even raises eyebrows. Among his other questionable activities is his endless cozying up to Islamic organizations, some of which are known fronts for terrorist organizations. Presumably they, like the people mentioned in this article, are "well-connected" and generous with donations to Baca.

notmeofficer @ 3/5/2012 7:51 PM

The drumbeat for Baca to go is deafening and I expect he will get a vote of no confidence at some point by the rank and file deputies. As an LASD sergeant I am saddened by the way our department has been changed by Baca... from a proactive policing organization where patrol deputies were lauded to a department full of climbers who flee from patrol at the first opportunity.
It chaps my ass to hear percs being given out when hard wroking road deputies are being squeezed at every opportunity to do moe with less.
Baca.. you are ruining the best Sheriffs Department in the US... and until there is a cleaning of the top brass and all the cronyism going on the department will continue to spiral into chaos and controversy... and the public will tar all of us with a broad brush because of the stink at the top.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 3/6/2012 1:02 PM

Nothing new...Even Biscaluez and Pitchess and Block gave away percs. Many times 'special' badges. And it will not change and LASD will continue to spiral downward. Being a deputy will become just a job - not an adventure or for those with serious law enforcement intentions. 9 to 5 and keep out of the lime light. Write a few cites and go home in one piece. Also, read

Joe Blowe @ 12/30/2012 12:24 PM

This whole take-home thing for cop cars is a bunch of bullshit anyway. It's not about cops being able to get to an incident quicker-that cop car does'nt belong to that cop! It's just like my work vehicle. It is only assigned to me to drive while I am working; the title, registration and insurance to that vehicle is in my company's name, not mine! Thus, it is not my vehicle to just simply do what I want with! Similarly, that cop car is not titled, registered or insured in the name of that individual cop-he is only assigned to drive it while he is on duty-but rather, that vehicle is titled and registered to the agency that he works for! And since that agency is a public governmental agency, when it really comes right down to it, that Ford Crown Vic or Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Tahoe or whatever it is, is the property of the taxpayers of that jurisdiction! Therefore, that cop needs to return that cop car back to the station he works out of when his shift is over, and PARK IT, and go home in his own personal car, and the cop that has the shift after his is over takes that cop car out and drives it during his shift! Anything other than that is an abuse of the public trust for which that cop needs to be TERMINATED!!!!

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