LA County hired officers rejected by sheriff

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Los Angeles county officials hired dozens of police officers rejected for jobs at the sheriff's department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that more than 50 police officers whose unit was dissolved as a cost-saving measure were hired in 2010 to work at other county agencies including social services.

The sheriff's department hired about 280 of the officers from the dissolved unit. The newspaper says those who didn't make the cut were often hired by other agencies to avoid having too many layoffs.

The officers included one who cut a man's neck with a knife in an off-duty fight and another who slept on duty.

County officials say they had access to only some information discovered by sheriff's investigators.

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