What happens when the people assigned to police those who break the law don’t follow the laws themselves?

According to details from KTLA, a new report has revealed that drunk driving and other alcohol related offenses are on the rise among Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies.  In several cases, the deputies were found to be drinking on the job.

L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies are driving drunk while on-duty.

A report done by the Los Angeles county Office of Independent Review, which monitors the sheriff’s department, shows that cases of sheriff’s deputies who drink on the job are increasing.  As it currently stands, 33 alcohol-related incidents have occurred since January.  That is more than all of last year.

The report even documented several cases of deputies who were drinking on the job.

In one case, a supervisor appeared drunk and fell down while helping residents evacuate during a wildfire.  He later admitted to drinking vodka during the blaze that he had concealed in a sports drink bottle.  When the sheriff’s department learned of this, the deputy was relieved immediately after an investigation was conducted.

Sheriff’s deputies were also irresponsible enough to drive while under the influence of alcohol.  An on-duty deputy was arrested while driving drunk on his way to an assignment because he ran a red light and caused a car accident where personal injuries were sustained by in two other people involved in the crash.

One section of the report stated that another deputy was drinking at a bar and was later arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly firing his handgun in the air on the Redondo Beach pier.  This behavior is incredibly careless because firing his gun the wrong way could have resulted in someone’s wrongful death.

Sheriff Lee Baca acknowledged that there have been attempts to help end drinking on the job, but those attempts failed.  Baca vowed to make more efforts to fix this serious problem before it gets any worse.

Police and sheriff’s deputies are charged with the incredible responsibility of keeping citizens safe.  Consuming alcohol on the job doesn’t help them with that responsibility, and it can ultimately put the very people they protect in harm’s way.

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