Wednesday, June 10, 2009

LAPD Murder

LA Detective Charged

The Los Angeles Police Department has over eight thousand sworn officers on the job. They work in a violent, dangerous city and risk their lives every day that they put on their uniform. Over 200 officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1859 when the department was first formed. That's over one a year. Far too many, in the course of your career as an LAPD officer, you can count on thirty of your co-workers dieing while at work.

Now an LAPD detective has been charged with the murder of a woman, before she was a police officer. If this is true, then somehow the background check missed that and the police at the time may not have done a good enough investigation. With thousands of officers sometimes a background check will miss something. In a county with a thousand murders a year, sometimes a few won't get solved.

This case, strangely enough, is actually a good example of how good LAPD really can be. They never gave up on the murder case, their cold case officers matched up some DNA and found a match. Then when the evidence showed that the suspect was an LAPD officer, they did not hesitate to make the arrest. LAPD does a difficult job well, that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

I wonder if anyone has done a study of the number of "bad" Cops compared to the number of those Cops hired under affirmative action policies? Seems to me that any time you lower your hiring standards you invite this kind of trouble.

Bunkermeister said...

Anytime an agency has trouble hiring people the first thing they want to do is drop the standard. Or "revise" the test. Keep the standards high and hire on a first come first serve basis.