LA Times: Sheriff's Dept hired officers with history of misconductSubmitted by LapHog on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 15:49
Presumably because they were perfect for the job, the entire description of which can also be summed up as "misconduct" in these modern times.
Original article: http://graphics.latimes.com/behind-the-badge/
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department hired dozens of officers even though background investigators found they had committed serious misconduct on or off duty, sheriff's files show.
The department made the hires in 2010 after taking over patrols of parks and government buildings from a little-known L.A. County police force. Officers from that agency were given first shot at new jobs with the Sheriff's Department. Investigators gave them lie detector tests and delved into their employment records and personal lives.
The Times reviewed the officers' internal hiring files, which also contained recorded interviews of the applicants by sheriff's investigators.
Ultimately, about 280 county officers were given jobs, including applicants who had accidentally fired their weapons, had sex at work and solicited prostitutes, the records show.
For nearly 100 hires, investigators discovered evidence of dishonesty, such as making untrue statements or falsifying police records. At least 15 were caught cheating on the department's own polygraph exams...
See also: summary article of the findings by, and with additional insights from, Radley Balko, author of "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/03/la-sheriffs-dept-hi...
A whopper of an investigation from the L.A. Times over the weekend found that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department -- the largest sheriff's department in America -- is hiring cops with histories of disciplinary and abuse of force problems. Of the 280 new hires in 2010 at the department, the paper found that:
-- 188 Were rejected for jobs at law enforcement agencies before being hired by the Sheriff's Department.
-- 97 showed evidence of dishonesty.
-- 92 were disciplined previously by other police agencies for significant misconduct on duty.
-- 29 were fired or pressured to resign from a previous law enforcement job.
-- 15 were flagged by background investigators for trying to manipulate the results of a polygraph exam.
It's one thing to fail a polygraph. The tests are far from perfect. It's quite another to get caught trying to cheat on a polygraph test -- and then get hired, anyway. And we aren't talking about, say, a construction job, here. We're talking about taxpayer-supported officials who carry guns, who wear badges, who are authorized to use force, and upon whose word people arrested, convicted, and imprisoned.
But that appears to be exactly what happened...
But in all of this, folks, please remember: these guys wear costumes and have badges. Therefore, they are heroes. Don't forget to offer your chin as a resting place for their balls whenever you are graced with their holy presences. After all, tis customary in the USSA, and anything less justifies lethal force against you and your dog, you terrorist.