LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Dozens of hires in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have histories of serious misconduct, according to a report.
KNX 1070’s Kim Marriner reports the department made the hires in 2010 after taking over patrols of parks and government buildings from a little-known Los Angeles County police force, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In 2010, the the Sheriff’s Department hired 280 officers from the Office of Public Safety, a county police force being dissolved to save money, according to the Times.
The hires included applicants who had accidentally fired their weapons, had sex at work and solicited prostitutes, the Times reported.
Investigators discovered evidence of dishonesty, such as making untrue statements or falsifying police records for nearly 100 hires, according to the report.
At least 15 more were caught cheating on the department’s own polygraph exams, while 29 others had previously been fired or pressured to resign from other law enforcement agencies over concerns about misconduct or workplace performance problems, The Times reported.
The report comes at a time when the department is already under fire for alleged abuse of inmates by deputies.
Sheriff Lee Baca has not commented on report, but a spokesman said Baca was not aware some of those new hires reportedly had troubled backgrounds.