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L.A. County sheriff's aircraft used for personal reasons, audit finds

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An audit released Thursday found that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department managers improperly used department aircraft, including a helicopter dispatched to give a commander’s daughter a ride to a retirement party. (latimesblogs.latimes.com) Mehr...

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onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 3
I might be wrong but didn't they use one of their helicopters to ferry Micheal Jackson's body from the hospital to the coroners office?

StymieHo
Chris Donawho 2
You are correct sir. Just googled up some video on it. Same green and yellow LA County Sheriff's Dept on it.
StymieHo
Chris Donawho 1
Despite how ridiculous that sounds, they probably needed to airlift his body. People (fans) can be pretty retarded about stuff like this.
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 4
perhaps but a rubber bullet will turn anyone around...lol
StymieHo
Chris Donawho 2
Good point.
btweston
btweston 0
So we should just shoot people.
mx747
mx747 3
Anyone who knows anything knows that the most corrupt sonsabitches who walk the planet are cops. Doesnt surprise me a bit
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
How many flight hours were audited?

"The county audit was prompted earlier this year by a Los Angeles Times report about allegations that officials were abusing aircraft privileges, purposely delaying emergency calls to make the case for more overtime pay, and possibly manipulating time sheets. The Times reporting was based on internal sheriff’s memos and a deputy’s lawsuit that implicated officials."

That sounds like reasonable investigative journalism. Delaying emergency calls sounds a bit more significant than airlifting the commander's daughter.
fedexman2
Eric Schmaltz 1
and this surprises nobody...
StymieHo
Chris Donawho 1
Exactly, no evidence of delaying any emergency calls was found during this audit. My guess is, since this does look like somewhat of a witchhunt, the audit was thorough. Again, the only discrepency they truly found evidence on was the commander's daughter hitching a ride in rush hour, which is small potatoes considering the scope of the allegations.

All things considered, I think the grade is PASS. Reprimand the one incident and move on. There are other departments they can probably find a good hornet's nest in, but from my point of view, the auditors essentially came up empty-handed.
StymieHo
Chris Donawho 1
Not sure what all the fuss is about. The only finding that would have raised my eyebrow was the helicopter ride for the Commander's daughter to get to his retirement gig. That was inappropriate.

The training flight was probably exactly that, a training/proficiency flight. You have some people in AZ who need to get to LA, a plane that is already in use during that time for "training" purposes... Why not send that plane to pick them up AND log the training time as well? I dont find it inappropriate to knock out two birds with one stone. In my book, that's called maximizing equipment utilization. Otherwise, the fuel burn would have only accounted for training...something they were doing anyway. May as well get some use out of it. It didnt sound like the people they picked up were coming to town to catch some massive waves. My bet is they had business to conduct with the LAPD and, as a matter of convenience, a dept plane would be conducting a cross-country training flight....

The other flight to the east coast to look at helicopters... well that business aviation argument vs airlines will go on and on for years to come. May as well toss this event into the pile.

So, an audit of one of the largest law enforcement aviation departments revealed ONE questionable flight??? From where I'm standing, they just passed an audit!
StymieHo
Chris Donawho 0
My point above? The LA Times ran out of mindless shit to print so they manufactured this story to cause another LAPD rift. Gotta love them liberals!
btweston
btweston 4
Yes. Those liberals are known for their hatred of government spending.

So anyway, I guess whenever you don't want to believe or agree with something it must be "them liberals," right?
StymieHo
Chris Donawho 2
No, "them conservatives" do it all the time too. It's just of matter of realizing from which camp your information is coming. The LA Times story revealed next to nothing, one incident that is flat-out inappropiate use of taxpayer dollars. Nothing else. The others were purely speculative on the part of the paper. The headline insinuates the article will be chock full of misappropriations. It fell well short of that.

I dont align myself with either of them. I stand on my own two feet and make my own grown-up decisions. Whether the story comes from Hannity or Matthews, you gotta consider the source. It just makes sense.
StymieHo
Chris Donawho 1
Ok, below... never know where they are gonna post your comments.
sparkie624
sparkie624 -1
Liberals gotta make news, even if it is false. Bad article.
btweston
btweston 2
What evidence do you have that the information in this article was fabricated? That's a pretty serious allegation you're making and your dislike of liberals has nothing to do with whether or not there is any truth to it. In fact people generally sound like idiots when they throw around a word like "liberal" as though it somehow makes a point.
StymieHo
Chris Donawho 2
Einstein, the LA Times has been an outwardly liberal paper since its inception. Sheriff Baca was elected after running on the Republican ticket. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure this stuff out. In fact, people generally sound like idiots when they have to have everything spelled out in front of them.
joelwiley
joel wiley 0
Are you confusing the LA Times with Faux News Network?
tarbaby
phil gibson -4
What is the big deal. Look at all the Government Departments that use their aircraft for whatever reason. Hell, in the end it provides jobs in aviation....Oil Companies and other vendors and so on and so on. Let them use them. BFD!
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 3
government is government....private sector is private sector.....aircraft goes down and the lawsuits begin