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* Los Angeles Times: "LAPD officials downplay report on 'ghost cars'" - From the LAT:
Los Angeles police officials Tuesday downplayed a recent report about falsified patrol records, saying it was an isolated problem that had been overstated and corrected.
Last week, the inspector general for the Police Commission, Alex Bustamante, released the findings of an investigation into the so-called "ghost car" scheme, in which officers were inaccurately shown in department databases and deployment logs to be on patrol. In the report, Bustamante said his investigators had found evidence of problems with deployment records in at least five of the LAPD's 21 divisions. Officers, the report said, were signed on to department computers and recorded as being on patrol, when in fact they were working behind a desk at a police station or handing out equipment to other officers.
Bustamante did not specify who was responsible for the deception but said it stemmed from department requirements that call on commanders in each division to have a minimum number of officers on the streets for every shift.
After Bustamante presented his findings to the commission at its weekly meeting, LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger sought to convince the oversight body that any problems with deployment records were an isolated issue and were not as serious as Bustamante had stated in his report. Paysinger said he had ordered an internal examination of deployment records throughout the department and found no indication of "troublesome patterns" that the problem was widespread. He also tried to refute examples of what he said was inaccurate reporting included in Bustamante's report, saying there were probably legitimate explanations why the officers were shown to be on patrol.
In a rare display of public testiness and open disagreement, Bustamante responded, telling the commission that Paysinger's comments were inaccurate.
Paysinger's attempts to undercut Bustamante's report seemed to flummox commissioners, including President Steve Soboroff, who cut the assistant chief off........................