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LA Sheriff's Dept. Hires Employees with Troubled Backgrounds

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Dozens of officers hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department several years ago had histories of serious misconduct, including battery and soliciting a prostitute, a newspaper reported Sunday.

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 became sworn sheriff's deputies; others took lower-level positions such as security guards.

Background investigators who checked out the applicants found evidence of dishonesty for nearly 100 people who eventually became part of the department, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://bit.ly/184vr3t). Not all of the allegations had been proven, and not all were work related.