LARGO — The Pinellas County Sheriff Office, which has been troubled by recent problems in its narcotics unit, beefed up its internal affairs division Tuesday and made other personnel moves related to retirements and tough budgetary times.
The Administrative Investigations Division, which investigates alleged misconduct by deputies, had lost positions over the last four years as the sheriff's staff dropped from about 3,400 employees to 2,800.
Now, a lieutenant, a sergeant and an acting sergeant have been added back to "make sure we are thorough in conducting proper and objective investigations,'' Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. The department must be able to "get to the bottom of anything.''
Added were Lt. Glenn Luben, Sgt. Scott Matthews and acting Sgt. Tony Stevens.
Nine other deputies were either transferred or promoted.