Dozens of police officers rejected for jobs at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct were given positions elsewhere in county government, reports the Los Angeles Times. The hirings occurred in 2010 after the county’s little-known police force, the Office of Public Safety, was dissolved as a cost-saving measure. The sheriff took on about 280 officers from that agency, many of whom had histories of serious misconduct and integrity-related problems.
More than 50 who didn’t make the cut at the Sheriff’s Department secured jobs at other county agencies, such as social services, children and family services and community and senior services. County officials said they were not required to hire the former officers. Still, they said, they wanted to avoid as many layoffs as possible. Among those hired was an officer who cut a man’s neck with a knife in an off-duty fight outside a bar and others who admitted to sleeping or having sex on duty. County officials who made the hiring decisions had access to only some of the problems discovered by sheriff’s background investigators. Agency heads could review personnel files, which contained details about on- and off-duty misdeeds that led to discipline. They were not privy to information that applicants disclosed to sheriff’s investigators during interviews and polygraph examinations.