• Baca seeks to expand Sheriff’s Department

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityVeteran county police officers draw base salaries of about $52,000, compared with $76,000 for sheriff’s deputies. County police officers recently lost a lawsuit that sought to bring their pay in line with that of deputies. County Chief Executive Officer William T Fujioka said a Sheriff’s Department takeover is one of several options he’s considering. The county police currently report to the CEO’s office, an arrangement that Fujioka finds uncomfortable. “I’m not a law enforcement person,” Fujioka said. “The sheriff is our chief law enforcement officer. He knows how to supervise a law enforcement or security function. It seems to me it would be appropriate to look at that as one of the options.” For the last few weeks, sheriff’s employees have been visiting facilities that the county police supervise to determine how much a merger would cost. The Board of Supervisors would ultimately decide whether a merger was appropriate. ————————————- For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who already leads the largest sheriff’s department in the nation, may soon try to make his agency even bigger. At the request of the county’s top administrator, Baca has assigned a team to explore taking over the county Office of Public Safety, a police force that patrols parks, hospitals and government buildings. Although relatively obscure, it is the county’s fourth-largest police department with more than 460 sworn officers. The department, led by former Los Angeles police executive Margaret York, has struggled to retain officers, in part because it pays far less than other agencies. last_img

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