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LA County Sheriff McDonnell on Tanaka indictment, recruiting, ICE in county jails and more

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Former Long Beach Police Department Chief Jim McDonnell became the first non-LASD member to head of the department in 100 years. McDonnell was sworn in on December 1 as Los Angeles County’s 32nd Sheriff. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

The Los Angeles’ Sheriff’s Department says it wants to leave no questions when it comes to what the department’s internal ‘honesty policy’ means.

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced planned enhancements to LASD's internal policy on honesty during KPCC’s “AirTalk with Larry Mantle” Wednesday after an internal memo went out to LASD employees earlier that morning.

“We put that out this morning to all of our staff to make clear the highest standard is expected in all that we do. Just as I hold myself to these high standards, I hold everyone else in the department to them as well.”

LASD didn’t provide specific details regarding what changes will be coming to the policy on honesty, as the proposal is still in a final draft form and must be reviewed and greenlit by the police unions before it can go into effect.  Sheriff McDonnell says he'll also be taking a more proactive role in internal discipline, which was not the case before.

Also, the Los Angeles Times published a story that suggested staffing shortages could delay Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s plans for a sweeping overhaul of the way the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department conducts business.

Sheriff McDonnell ran on a platform of reforming the department, promising to weed out corruption and increase department transparency. About a month earlier, former LASD Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and another former high-ranking LASD official were indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiring to do so.

Larry asks Sheriff McDonnell about his plans to bring in more deputies and fill the recruiting gap as well as the indictment against former Undersheriff Tanaka. He’ll also talk with Larry about the fictitous “Masonic Fraternal Police Department,” which was run, in part, by a former aide to California attorney general Kamala Harris.

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Jim McDonnell, Sheriff of Los Angeles County

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