Probe urged of Baca’s ID practice

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “To prevent abuse, it is vital that only official law enforcement personnel have badges or IDs that may imply that the holder is a peace officer,” Antonovich said. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the department welcomes any investigation of the practice. “We believe that we are not only following the ordinance to the letter, but also to its spirit,” Whitmore said. Sheriff’s candidate and Glendale Police Department Lt. Don Meredith said the situation warrants an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security or District Attorney’s Office. “I have real concerns when someone can use a badge to get behind security at the Burbank Airport,” said Meredith, adding that he wants to know whether the badge and ID card holders have been through complete homeland security background checks. Los Angeles County supervisors directed staff members Tuesday to review regulations governing Sheriff Lee Baca’s practice of issuing photo identification cards to civilian volunteers. The cards and official name tags have been issued by the Sheriff’s Department to a number of civilian volunteers who have contributed to Baca. But the items have led to special favors or allowed recipients access to secure areas that would have otherwise been denied, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. Antonovich said he wants to determine whether issuing the cards to Baca’s donors violated any county laws. Baca has said he has no intention of asking the Homeland Security Support Unit’s 50 members to return their ID cards. “This is an election season, so people are going to be saying things to get their names in the paper,” Whitmore said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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