LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles county officials hired dozens of police officers who were rejected for jobs at the sheriff's department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct.

More than 50 county police officers whose unit was dissolved as a cost-saving measure were hired in 2010 to work at other county government agencies including social services, children and family services and community and senior services, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday (http://lat.ms/19y0SSg).

The sheriff's department hired about 280 of the officers who previously worked at the dissolved Office of Public Safety. Those who didn't make the sheriff department's cut—including an officer who cut a man's neck with a knife in an off-duty fight and others who acknowledged sleeping or having sex on duty—were often hired by other county agencies to avoid having too many layoffs, the newspaper reported.

County officials say they had access to only some information discovered by sheriff's investigators, and noted they were not privy to information disclosed by applicants during interviews with sheriff's officials.

David Sommers, a county spokesman, said criminal convictions don't necessarily bar someone from employment. He declined to discuss specific cases.

Officer Allen V. Davis was suspended for 20 days around 2003 after he cut a man's neck in a fight outside a bar. Davis, who could not be reached for comment, was later rehired by the county to work as a supervising clerk at the registrar-recorder's office, the newspaper reported.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com