LASD Recruiting Has Had A Rough Three Years

What percentage of Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs would encourage a loved one–or their worst enemy?–to work for the LASD?

10 percent?  20?  Whatever it is, it’s not much.

LASD has reportedly been understaffed by approximately 1,000 deputies for the past four years, with even top-notch recruitment strategies unable to keep pace with the attrition of existing deputies bailing out.

Sheriff McDonnell blames this on a good (tough) job market and candidates who are informed on the agencies they’re applying to.  Yes–applicants are weighing salary and schedule and pension…but most of all they’re weighing “Is this a place I want to work at? Are the people here enjoying what they do?  Does this place make sense for me?”

And increasingly, candidates are looking at Jim McDonnell’s LASD and saying “pass!”  

We admit it: we like the “One Badge: Unlimited Opportunities” slogan.  Because it’s true: Nowhere else do you the the opportunities to have such an awesome and diverse career than you at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  Yet nowhere else do you have such an opportunity to be fired for sport or to be made an example; to be two years into your career and counting down the days ’till retirement.  Even if Beverly Hills or Torrance or wherever pays more, people should be be fighting for a chance to work at LASD because of the police work they will get to do and the opportunities they will have in their career.  The slogan only works if it’s likely they’ll get to that point.

Can you imagine anything more boring than driving around Beverly Hills for 30 years, like a goldfish in a bowl?  Lame.

LASD should be every applicant’s agency of choice.  But we’re not.  Maybe it’s time for a real conversation about the reasons why.  Sure, salary is important, ALADS–but people will take less pay for a job they love.  Current LASD leadership and policy isn’t producing an environment or culture which people who want to protect the public will love.  And so they go to Torrance. Or Santa Ana.  Or Glendale.  Or Beverly Effin Hills.

And we’re stuck with the dregs.

Here’s some free advice, Recruitment team.  Skip the videos about donuts and camels and just show ’em this, from a better day:


2 thoughts on “LASD Recruiting Has Had A Rough Three Years”

  1. Did you know PPOA accepts deputy members? That’s right. If you aren’t happy with Ron Hernandez and his disappointing board that refuses to fight the sheriff on 90 percent of his unethical crap, you will be happier at PPOA. Yah we know, what has PPOA done? Well, we know Ron Hernandez is defensive of the sheriff so what other reason is there to join PPOA?

  2. I worked recruiting back when. A couple of things, people don’t want to work where they were policed. We got the same base as any other P.D.
    We trained our people to be self sufficient. Like the video the deputies made, LAPD wasn’t allowed to make decisions without at least one sergeant.
    As I recall that tape was made by Carson and they took some heat. There was an other arrest of an LASD deputy near the HOJ. LAPD arrested a deputy on a ‘sounds like’ warrant. Full uniform in a black and white. PJP had big piece of Chief Gates butt. If folks don’t want the job recruiting ain’t going to get them. I had an interesting collateral as a boot sergeant in Sheriff’s Personnel. The PEP or later called CETA program. For those not familiar the Government decided to fund the salary of 250 deputies up to a year hoping you would then hire them. At least they would be trained. At the time it was $250,000 a month. Of course there were clauses. Must be unemployed, live in certain cities, and work as temporary items. As a temp they didn’t need testing, background, physical. Well as an ex FPK and DI I wasn’t going to hire anyone I wouldn’t work with. So I hired off the exsisting list those who met the CETA program until there were 250 items. Then wrote a civil service code allowing me to promote them at six months to full time. I also had the reclassification program, know as Y-rating. Between these two I became very popular for FOS’s. For those who recall Baxter Ward, I was on his hit list.

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