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Investigative Reporting Program


Law Enforcement

Shining a light on policing and misconduct.

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This Central Valley police chief forced an officer to remodel his home; now he’s California’s latest criminal cop

J-School /IRP students Katey Rusch and Laurence Du Sault report on one case that underscores how officers’ questionable pasts get overlooked or never revealed.

How did this California police department hire so many officers with troubling pasts?

The MacFarland Police Department in California knew that many of its officers had dubious backgrounds. But as J-School/IRP students Katey Rusch and Laurence Du Sault report, the department hired them anyway.

California’s Criminal Cops: Who they are, what they did, why some are still working

A statewide investigation that involved J-School students and alum found that more than 80 law enforcement officers working today in California are convicted criminals