Sheriff’s Department to Add New Policy on Screening Job Applicants

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is creating a new policy that will require the agency’s background investigators to report job applicants who admit to potential criminal conduct during the hiring process, officials said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca (File Photo)

The reform comes in response to inquiries from The Times about a mass hiring the sheriff conducted in 2010 after taking over the jurisdiction of the county’s smaller police force, the Office of Public Safety.

According to internal records reviewed by The Times, many of the county officers who then applied for jobs with the Sheriff’s Department admitted during the screening process that they had committed misconduct for which they had never been caught.

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