Sheriff Baca Admits To Hiring Problem Officers - New York News

Sheriff Baca Admits To Hiring Problem Officers

Posted: Updated:

What next ?

I spent much of the morning at Sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park listening to Sheriff Lee Baca patiently acknowledge that yes, the Department could've done a much better job in hiring former Office of Public Safety personnel as Sheriff's deputies. Yes they'll look into it. Yes this is a problem, and yes the Sheriff is used to dealing with problems. 

For him, and apparently for the public that elects him, that's ok . The latest ‘'scandal'' if you want to call it that, revealed in a detailed LA Times investigation that revealed dozens of people hired as Deputies after the county's little known Office of Public Safety was disbanded about four years ago do not meet Sheriff's Dept hiring standards. 

The Times says problems included having sex on duty, firing your gun at your spouse, lying on polygraph exams, falsifying police records, and so on.  The former Undersheriff claims the County Board of Supervisors  put ‘'significant pressure'' on the Sheriff's Dept to hire as many of the OPS people as possible, something Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky told me point blank was not true when I interviewed him this morning.

He said the Board made it quite clear they wanted any new hires to meet stringent Sheriff's dept standards. Apparently that didn't happen. Zev has long had issues with the way the Sheriff runs his department, as have other Supervisors, yet the Sheriff seems to have the proverbial Teflon coating, while dealing with a huge Dept populated, as he likes to say "By human beings."  I do have to commend the Sheriff and his media relations people (who are quite professional, always available, and very friendly) for standing up and answering questions, even if he doesn't give much detail or information. We'll follow up.  

 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:57:17 GMT
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
  • Brooklyn man charged in shooting that wounded teen bystander

    Brooklyn man charged in shooting that wounded teen bystander

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:35:59 GMT
    The NYPD has arrested and charged a suspect in the shooting of a teenaged bystander as well as another man in Brooklyn. Police on Friday charged Kareem Potomont, 21, with two counts of attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm, and reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting that took place near a bus stop on Flatbush Avenue on Monday, April 14.
    The NYPD has arrested and charged a suspect in the shooting of a teenaged bystander as well as another man in Brooklyn. Police on Friday charged Kareem Potomont, 21, with two counts of attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm, and reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting that took place near a bus stop on Flatbush Avenue on Monday, April 14.
  • Special Olympics: Athlete Jessica Spitz

    Special Olympics: Athlete Jessica Spitz

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:35:09 GMT
    Jessica Spitz, 18, is training for one of the biggest days of her life. The Commack, Long Island, High School senior will be competing in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in the 100-yard dash and the shot put. From the moment Jessica joined Special Olympics last year, she was hooked.
    Jessica Spitz, 18, is training for one of the biggest days of her life. The Commack, Long Island, High School senior will be competing in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in the 100-yard dash and the shot put. From the moment Jessica joined Special Olympics last year, she was hooked.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices