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California Sheriff’s Office banned 47 officers from making arrests, carrying firearms 

California Sheriff's Office banned 47 officers from making arrests, carrying firearms 

The California Sheriff’s Office banned 47 officers from making arrests and equally carrying firearms over failed psychological evaluation exams. The sheriff’s office relieved 47 officers of their police duties. This is due to “unsatisfactory” evaluations on psychological tests dating back to 2016.

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This came just weeks after a deputy who had previously failed a psychological exam, shot and killed a married couple.

Gregory Ahern, the sheriff of Alameda County, states in a letter dated September 23 that a recent internal audit revealed that 47 deputies had received “D. Not Suited” ratings from January 2016 to the present.

The affected deputies will still receive their pay and benefits. However, they lost their rights to make arrests and their access to firearms.

Another psychological examination will be set, according to Ahern. He also stated that his goal is to “resolve this issue as swiftly as possible.” This is in order to return to “full duty status once you acquire a ‘suitable’ result.”

Retests will take place in the upcoming “few months,” the sheriff’s spokesman, Lt. Ray Kelly said. However, he said he had no clue how many of the 47 deputies would be able to get their jobs back.

The re-tests would be administered by a psychologist who is accredited by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training but does not work for the sheriff.

The letter came weeks after 24-year-old Devin Williams Jr., a former deputy of Alameda County, shot and killed a married couple inside their house after working a shift at the Santa Rita jail. He had a romantic relationship with the woman, who was a nurse.

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Devin Williams Jr. failed his psychological exam in 2021

Williams was hired in September 2021, and the station reported that four sources claimed he had failed his psychological exam. Kelly had previously stated, however, that Williams had passed all psychological examinations.

Devin Williams Jr., 24, a former deputy of Alameda County, shot and killed a married couple inside their house
Devin Williams Jr., 24, a former deputy of Alameda County, shot and killed a married couple inside their house

The Sheriff’s Office has been charged with previously turning a “blind eye” to the issue of unqualified deputies, according to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, an Oakland-based charity that addresses racial and criminal justice concerns.

Jose Bernal, the center’s organizing director, said in a statement: “This further shows the terrible levels of incompetence and corruption that have plagued the sheriff’s office for years.”

Kelly claimed that there was “enormous pressure” on the agency to hire more deputies. He also claimed it was difficult to find candidates for the demanding position.

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According to sources, Williams failed his psychological examination. So, the sheriff is now checking to see whether anyone else in the department has also failed due to liability concerns.

A few weeks back, a Kansas City detective who sexually preys on women was indicted on sexual abuse charges. See details here

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1 Comment

  1. Jenny Gabenn

    All he’s doing is covering his own arse politically. He’s as useless and incompetent as the 47 clowns he just disarmed…TEMPORARILY (mark my words folks).

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