Thursday, October 04, 2007

Abuse The System? That Never Hap- Oh, Wait

Los Angeles, CA

Ah, The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Overworked, underpaid, and stuck pulling duty in the dankest shitholes of Los Angeles County. Can you blame them for wanting to have a little fun?

As a matter of fact, yes.

Seems that members of the LASD have been holding competitions to see who could make the most arrests, impound the most vehicles, grill the most gangbangers. "Operation Any Booking" (who came up with that name?) was a contest to see who could make the most arrests in a 24-hour period.

Unsurprisingly, this has raised a few questions on the validity of said arrests.

Hubert Williams, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Police Foundation, said the competitions were "highly problematic and inappropriate."

Los Angeles County Public Defender Michael P. Judge, wondered if the games could prompt deputies to make illegitimate arrests to boost numbers.

Though the arrest numbers didn't go up on the day of a competition, the impound numbers did.

Now, I'm not saying that anyone did anything wrong. But when the entire county is crawling up your asshole like they're looking for polyps you might want to keep an eye on public relations.

2 comments:

sandra said...

hey Steven, do you know anything about white collar crime? Don't think it's handled by the Sheriff's division. I know someone who had over 100k embezzled (forged checks), has the proof, all documented, turned it over to the police and the FBI, and they're just sitting on it.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

The LASD handles unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and cities they've contracted with, like Malibu, Palmdale and Compton.

As to white collar crime, I don't know if they have a particular division for that. Possibly, since they'd have to cover whatever crimes happen in their jurisdiction.

If the LAPD (I'm assuming that's who you mean by police) and the FBI are involved, I can't imagine the LASD being brought in on it at all.