Find­ing able sher­iff ’s deputies

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Short­age of deputies in L.A. County,” May 31

A re­cent Times ar­ti­cle de­scribed the chal­lenges faced by the L.A. County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment in find­ing suf­fi­cient num­bers of will­ing and able ap­pli­cants to fill the ranks. The ar­ti­cle in­di­cated that the fail­ure rate on the med­i­cal exam ex­ceeds 50%.

While the county main­tains high stan­dards to en­sure that new re­cruits will per­form their du­ties safely and ef­fec­tively, the ac­tual fail­ure rate on the med­i­cal exam is only 6%. The higher fig­ure pro­vided to The Times by the Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment con­sid­ered sev­eral ad­di­tional fac­tors that may lead to an ap­pli­cant’s re­moval from the hir­ing process at this stage. Th­ese may in­clude an ap­pli­cant’s in­abil­ity to meet the depart­ment’s re­quired height and weight stan­dards, fail­ure to pro­vide re­quested med­i­cal records or fail­ure on the re­quired psy­cho­log­i­cal exam.

The county’s oc­cu­pa­tional health pro­gram con­tin­ues to work in part­ner­ship with the sher­iff to en­sure that no will­ing and able ap­pli­cants are “left be­hind.”

R. Leonard Goldberg,

MD

Los An­ge­les

The writer is med­i­cal direc­tor of oc­cu­pa­tional health pro­grams for Los An­ge­les County.

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