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Those hired by other L.A. county agencies included an officer who cut a man’s neck with a knife in an off-duty fight, records show.

By Ben Poston and Robert Faturechi
December 29, 2013

Dozens of police officers rejected for jobs at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct were given positions elsewhere in county government, according to interviews and internal hiring records reviewed by The Times.

The hirings came in 2010 after the county’s little-known police force, the Office of Public Safety, was dissolved as a cost-saving measure. The Times reported earlier this month that the sheriff took on about 280 of the officers from that agency, many of whom had histories of serious misconduct and integrity-related problems.

More than 50 of those who didn’t make the cut at the Sheriff’s Department secured jobs at other county agencies, such as social services, children and family services and community and senior services. County officials said they were not required to hire the former officers. Still, they said, they wanted to avoid as many layoffs as possible.

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