OAKLAND, Calif. - A total of 47 Alameda County Sheriff's deputies were told on Friday that they were relieved of their law enforcement duties because they received unsatisfactory results on their psychological examinations dating back to 2016, KTVU has learned.That means the deputies – roughly 5% of the 1,000-member sworn force – who received "D.
Not Suited" will be stripped of their arresting powers and firearms, but they will retain their pay and benefits. KTVU obtained a copy of the letter over the weekend.In his letter, Sheriff Gregory Ahern promised to schedule another psych exam and that his intention is to "resolve this issue as quickly as possible" and "return to full duty status once you obtain a ‘suitable’ finding." On Monday, Sheriff's spokesman Lt.
Ray Kelly said it "was horrible" to have to relieve the deputies of their duties.Kelly said he hoped that the retests would occur in the next "couple months." He said he had no idea how many of the 47 deputies would be able to get their jobs back.
Thirty deputies work at Santa Rita Jail, where there have been 59 in-custody deaths since 2014, and the remaining 17 have jobs elsewhere, including patrol, Kelly said.