Scandal-plagued Los Angeles County police head named US “Sheriff of the Year”Submitted by Bob-45 on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 21:17
By Alan Gilman
1 March 2013
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has been named “Sheriff of the Year” by the National Sheriffs' Association. The group represents about 2700 sheriffs' departments throughout the country.
The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, the largest in the United States with nearly 18,000 deputies and a budget of $2.5 billion, had been embroiled in a series of scandals involving rampant abuse of inmates in the county jail, the existence of secret gangs within the department, racial harassment by deputies in the Antelope Valley, and for having given special treatment to Baca’s friends and supporters.