Police-recruiting safeguards set

first_img(213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While the LAPD and personnel technically share responsibility for recruitment, Personnel has handled background checks since 2004. The function was shifted to save money and put more sworn officers back on the street. But LAPD and Personnel officials said they didn’t believe the City Council needs to move recruitment services back to the LAPD. Since the incident, Personnel General Manager Margaret Whelan said she has initiated audits, a quality-control division to oversee investigations and a new protocol to let LAPD know immediately if there is a problem in a background investigation. “We have done 7,000 backgrounds since assuming responsibility (for recruitment),” Whelan said. “My folks are working very, very hard. And, yes, we had a problem. We own that problem and it will not happen again.” [email protected] The city’s Personnel Department said Wednesday it has adopted new quality controls for police-officer screening after a background investigator falsified records that led to the LAPD hiring a recruit who should have been rejected. The background investigator resigned after his supervisor discovered the problems. The Los Angeles Police Department rookie was fired. But City Councilman Dennis Zine said the incident raises questions about whether police recruitment and hiring should be handled by the Personnel Department or returned to the LAPD. “We need to maintain the standard of quality versus quantity,” Zine said. “I’ve got concerns about the system.” last_img read more