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47 sheriff's deputies moved to desk jobs after audit finds they failed psychological exams

Original post made on Sep 28, 2022

Alameda County sheriff's officials believe 47 deputies who allegedly failed a psychological exam and now have desk jobs will pass the exam when they retake it and get their guns and peace officer powers back, per the ACSO.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 2:05 PM

Comments (9)

Posted by Ob
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2022 at 5:50 am

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This is an astounding accomplishment of incompetence.


Posted by factchecker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2022 at 10:04 am

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Wow, just wow!! Another reason for the election result in the sherriff's race!!


Posted by Bob Britton
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:19 pm

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And the Sheriff calls it "unfortunate" he can't hire people who are deemed "not suited" for employment.


Posted by Joe V
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:41 pm

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Good thing that Sheriff Ahern was not reelected!
Sheriff Ahern's office is still saying that all 47 officers, or 100%, will pass the test on the the second try, and everything will be resolved quickly.
What about all the lawsuits, that Alameda County taxpayers will have to cover? Are they going to be resolved quickly also?
Would be good to hear from new elected Yesenia Sanchez.


Posted by MissViv
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2022 at 1:57 pm

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Since the sheriff says it, I guess they will all pass, maybe they have been told how to answer "correctly". I would prefer that the deputies were given training and some time for their behavior to be observed after the training to see if it has really changed their approach to their work. As a citizen with no record, I have had unpleasant interactions with several in the sheriff's dept. I can't imagine what it would be like to be a suspect in their custody.


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 28, 2022 at 4:31 pm

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“Olly Olly Oxen free!” Or is it CYA?

I love this statement by the Sheriff: “Our intention is to resolve this issue as quickly as possible," Ahern said. "We also intend to have you return to full duty status once you obtain a 'Suitable' finding."

Well excuse me, you had a lot of time during the hiring process to get the best applicants possible, NOT to fulfill your political ideology of ‘equity hires.’ They knew they were walking a fine line when these hires were given ‘D’ ratings. Is that what the public deserves from the ACSO, rejects roaming the streets? We pay ALL your salaries and demand quality officers to perform their duties. Go Woke and Go Broke.


Posted by Becky
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 29, 2022 at 8:39 am

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Is the test that ALCO sheriff used a standard test that every department in California uses, or can every police department pick their own? I've heard that only 1% of the population has the right personality to become a LEO.
It would be interesting to know what areas they failed at.


Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 1, 2022 at 5:37 pm

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An enormous amount of taxpayer money goes to supporting the salaries, benefits, training, and pensions of law enforcement, thusly, these constituents deserve the best the testing process provides. These were ‘D’ applicants so why are we holding onto them?


Posted by Stacey A Swanson
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 5, 2022 at 9:58 am

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I'd submit that most LE officers don't want to work with colleagues who lack maturity, judgement and who may not be ethical. That might explain some of the hiring challenges. Their lives are also affected by working with less than stellar folks.
So glad we are making a change.
We deserve better.


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