The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) brought the allegations of criminal misconduct to the attention of federal investigators several months ago.  Since that time, the LASD has been directly cooperating with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during all aspects of the investigation.   

The 50-year-old employee, Kenneth Collins, has been with the Department for 15 years as a deputy sheriff and was most recently assigned to the County Services Bureau.  He has been placed on administrative leave by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department expects all of its members to hold themselves to the highest ethical and professional standards at all times.  The allegations presented are very serious and of great concern to the Department and the communities we serve.  When allegations of criminal activity involve law enforcement, we have systems in place to root out misconduct in the organization and any Department member who chooses to violate the law and public trust.  The LASD will continue to work with our federal partners in all aspects of the investigation. 

Sheriff McDonnell and all the members of the LASD are committed to continuing to protect the integrity of our profession and to hold our personnel to the highest standards.  We must demonstrate to the public and to our own Department that conduct which violates the public trust will not be tolerated. 

*Civil Service Rule 18.01 authorizes the Department to implement procedures to suspend an employee without pay when criminal charges are filed against the employee.  The suspension may continue up to 30 days after the adjudication of the criminal case.  As soon as the criminal charging documents are received from the Unites States Attorney’s Office, the LASD will begin the process of pursuing suspension without pay in this case.