Robert Faturechi and Ben Poston
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2013

via L.A. County Sheriff's Department Facebook
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hired dozens of officers with dirty backgrounds, image via L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Facebook

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.

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