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