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New inspector general will work with interim sheriff to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department.

By Abby Sewell
February 25, 2014, 6:12 p.m.

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the newly appointed inspector general of the Sheriff’s Department to work with interim Sheriff John L. Scott to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department.

The officials will look into how such a body could be structured and weigh in on whether they advise creating it at all. They will report back to the board by the end of June.

The supervisors also asked the county’s attorneys to look into what steps would be required to create a commission with legal authority rather than a purely advisory body. That would probably require legislative action at the state level.

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