Crime & Justice

Report: New LA sheriff's hires had troubled past

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Dozens of officers hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department several years ago had histories of serious misconduct.

That's according to the Los Angeles Times, which reported Sunday that 29 new officers either had been fired or pressured to resign from other law enforcement agencies.

The newspaper said its report was based on internal hiring files and interviews.

In 2010, the department hired 280 officers from the Office of Public Safety, a Los Angeles County police force that was being dissolved to save money. Most of the hires were sworn deputies; others took lower-level positions such as security guards.

Background investigators found evidence of dishonesty for nearly 100 new hires, including falsifying police records.

A spokesman told the newspaper Sheriff Lee Baca was unaware that new hires had such backgrounds.