The state of California operates a special police force devoted to protecting the residents of five board-and-care hospitals for the developmentally disabled.
These taxpayer-funded facilities – staffed by psychiatric technicians, nurses and doctors – are home to about 1,800 men and women with cerebral palsy, severe autism and other intellectual disabilities. They are located in Los Angeles, Sonoma, Tulare and Riverside counties.
Officers working for this police force – called the Office of Protective Services – are some of California government’s most proficient users of overtime. But even while they have boosted their paychecks, the force has been criticized for its sloppy investigations into potential crimes.
This graphic examines the force’s overtime pay from several vantage points. California Watch, which is part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, analyzed just how many hours the biggest earners claimed to have worked on their timesheets.