Man with colored past hired by LA County Sheriff Dept
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
October 12, 2012 | 11:00 a.m. PST
Daniel Bissman, 36, hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as an unarmed courthouse security guard despite his history of violence and theft. How did this happen? Despite an extensive background investigation detailing Bissman’s misdeeds, he was hired for the $25,944-a-year job in November 2009.
Bissman’s colored history involved liaisons with prostitutes and when he applied for the job, he was still on probation for punching a man unconscious. Then there was his drug use, dishonesty and involvement in what he estimated to be as many as 100 domestic violence incidents, according to confidential sheriff’s employment records reviewed by The Times.
Bissman’s mother is the longtime personal secretary for Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, the second-in-command at the Sheriff’s Department. This connection possibly aided in his favor to acquiring the job despite his background.
After a reporter’s inquiry, Bissman, was placed on leave and an internal sheriff’s investigation was launched into the circumstances of the hiring, including whether Bissman received special treatment, according to a department spokesman. Records reviewed by The Times do not explain why Bissman was hired or who made the decision. Tanaka, Bissman and Bissman’s mother declined to comment.