Are our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members who are state investigators worth their weight in gold? You be the judge.
"Most times, when a state investigator uncovers a crime or a violation it means money for the state of California," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "State investigators generate millions for California and while doing so, protect us from harm, they're true public safety and consumer protection pros."
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its investigators and enforcement team generated a whopping $31 million for California in 2012. That's nearly $2.6 million a month.
The biggest bonus came when DTSC's Office of Criminal Investigations uncovered hazardous waste violations that resulted in civil judgments against CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens. Those judgments resulted in more than $30 million in penalties.
"And it's not just DTSC investigators," said Barcelona. "We have investigators in the Department of Insurance, Department of Consumer Affairs, Employment Development Department, all doing the same thing. And that's just to name a few of the departments, there are many others. "