Posts By :

SIB Staff

Video Production Crew Receives Third Emmy Award 1024 768 SIB Staff

Video Production Crew Receives Third Emmy Award

Video Production Crew Receives Third Emmy Award

And the award goes to…the Video Production Unit! Nominees chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards included a public service Announcement category, for which the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department “Drive Baked, Get Booked” production was selected the winner for the Los Angeles area. We wish to recognize the following professionals who received the prestigious award, as well as their talented support crew who helped put the production together:

Sergeant Harry Drucker (retired), Producer
Eric King, Producer
Deputy Yury Polissky, Director, Writer
Video Production Specialist Vance Kotrla, Graphic Designer

The things we see in television, movies and commercials are powerful influencers. Broadcasts can be informative, evoke emotions, provoke thoughts, sway us to make purchases, and persuade us to action. Public service announcements present messages through words and scenarios to raise awareness about a variety of topics and compel change, which the “Drive Baked, Get Booked” piece does in less than a minute.

Because of recent changes to regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis in California, people may not realize that, although smoking marijuana may be legal for some, driving impaired is illegal and dangerous for everyone. The intent of the video was to improve public awareness and safety regarding the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana, presented in a true-to-life scenario with a hint of dry humor. A driver who is clearly inhibited finds himself face-to-face with a deputy as water rains down on them. The seasoned deputy comments flatly on the wet weather to the sleepy-eyed driver sitting inside of a smoke-filled car. It is only when the driver looks upward through the windshield that the viewer realizes he struck a fire hydrant, which is blasting a waterfall. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEdUCUYWWFU.

This is the third Emmy award received by the Video Production Unit. Their expert crew produced the gripping “Surviving an Active Shooter” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFQ-oxhdFjE and a four-part public safety announcement series on gun safety, “If They’re Not Secured, They’re Not Safe,” which you can watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVfej3WzYgk,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOtRFqqEiU4,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-iyCryuM0Q,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxA78dHRp7U.

The Video Production Unit, which falls under the umbrella of Training Bureau, is an in-house video production unit staffed by sworn and professional personnel with experience in the film and television industries. They produce public service announcements, training videos, and livestream ceremonial events, academy graduations and press conferences for the entire Department.

Prepared by:
Deputy Lillian Peck
Sheriff’s Information Bureau
211 West Temple Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.org

“If You See Something, Say Something”
L.A. Crime Stoppers: Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may call “L.A. Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Text and email, register for LASD Nixle messages: To receive more detailed, up-to-date information via E-MAIL and/or TEXT directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), sign up for Nixle alerts at http://www.Nixle.com and register for “LASD- Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff” and your local LASD station area. To receive URGENT TEXT ALERTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.

Alex Villanueva, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

stock graphic of handcuffs on a wrist
Arrest of suspect and safe recovery of 7 month Old Child 600 338 SIB Staff

Arrest of suspect and safe recovery of 7 month Old Child

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau (MCB) announces the arrest of Gianni Winters, for Home Invasion Robbery, Burglary, Child Abduction and Child Endangerment and the safe recovery of a seven month old child.

On July 1st, 2020, Major Crimes Bureau – Metro Detail detectives were notified by of a home invasion robbery in the city of Paramount, that resulted in the abduction of a seven month old baby.  Upon contacting the mother of the baby, detectives learned that her ex-boyfriend (Suspect Winters) and biological father of the baby, was recently arrested for domestic violence, but had since been released on a Bond.  Suspect Winters came to her residence and forced his way inside by kicking the door open.  Once inside the residence, Suspect Winters forcibly grabbed the baby from a family member who was holding him.   

The suspect then placed the baby in the rear seat of his vehicle unsecured by any type of car seat or restraint device, and sped off away from the residence.  As the family member went back inside the residence, they noticed money and jewelry missing that had been apparently stolen by Suspect Winters during the encounter.

Lakewood station deputies and MCB Metro Detail detectives determined the baby was possibly in serious physical danger based upon the suspects reported violent actions and recent and past criminal history.  Information was developed that led them to an apartment in the 12200 block of Heritage Springs Drive in the city of Santa Fe Springs.  Believing the baby was inside the apartment, detectives forcibly entered the residence where the suspect was found to be hiding.  Suspect Winters was taken into custody and the baby was safely recovered unharmed and reunited with the mother.  

Suspect Winters was arrested for several felony charges, including child abduction, child endangerment, burglary, and home invasion robbery.  He is being held on $150,000 bail and has a next court date of July 6, 2020 at the Compton Superior Court.  

The baby was examined at the scene by Santa Fe Springs Fire Department paramedics and found to be uninjured.      

If convicted of the criminal charges, Suspect Winters would be facing significant time in state prison. 

The MCB Metro Detail works closely in support of all Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station’s detective bureaus, as well as other Southern California local and federal law enforcement agencies.  
Forwarded by:  

Deputy James Nagao 
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom   
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department  
211 West Temple Street,  
Los Angeles California 90012  
   
Website: http://www.lasd.org    
 
*Text & Email, Register for LASD Nixle messages: To receive more detailed, up-to-date information via E-MAIL and/or TEXT directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), sign up for “Nixle” alerts at http://www.Nixle.com and register for “LASD – Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff” AND your local LASD station area. Or, to receive URGENT TEXT ALERTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan.  
 
Alex Villanueva, Sheriff  
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 

Detectives continue their investigation into a deputy-involved 600 338 SIB Staff

Detectives continue their investigation into a deputy-involved

Homicide detectives continue their investigation into a deputy-involved shooting in the uninc Gardena area

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting. The incident occurred on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at approximately 5:52 P.M. at the 400 Block of Redondo Beach Blvd, in the unincorporated Gardena area.

Homicide Investigators have learned that deputies from the Compton Sheriff’s Station observed the suspect in the area of the location. The suspect looked toward the deputies and produced a firearm then proceeded to run south bound between two businesses. A short foot pursuit ensued and at the conclusion, the deputies contacted the suspect and a deputy involved shooting occurred.

The suspect was struck by gunfire in the upper torso and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The suspect was described as a Male Hispanic between 18 – 20 years old.

A handgun was recovered at the scene.

No deputies were injured during the incident.

This investigation is in its preliminary stages and there is no additional information available at this time.

Whenever a deputy-involved shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, and a person is struck by gunfire, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immediately notifies the Office of the Inspector General who sends a representative to the incident scene and provides independent oversight throughout the investigative process. Once concluded, a preliminary review is conducted by the Critical Incident Review Panel to determine whether any immediate actions are warranted. Every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee. Input from Constitutional Policing Advisors is provided during the process. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Justice System Integrity Division, conducts a legal analysis to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed and if the shooting was legally justified.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), using your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Forwarded by:
Deputy James Nagao
Sheriff’s Information Bureau
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Hall of Justice – First floor
211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.org
Recruitment LASD: http://www.careers.lasd.org
Follow LASD HQ via Text and Email: http://www.Nixle.com
https://nixle.com/lasd—los-angeles-county-sheriffs-dept-information-bureau-sib/
Twitter: @LASDHQ http://twitter.com/LASDHQ
Twitter: @LASDespanol https://twitter.com/LASDespanol
Facebook LASD HQ http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment
Instagram LASD Photos: http://instagram.com/LASDHQ
Pinterest LASD Photos: http://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/
YouTube LASD Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/LACountySheriff/videos?view=0
Alert LA County: Telephone emergency mass notification system
http://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla

Alex Villanueva, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

LASD HOMICIDE DETECTIVES CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION 297 294 SIB Staff

LASD HOMICIDE DETECTIVES CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting. The incident occurred on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at approximately 4:33 P.M. at the 3400 block of 15th Street West, in the City of Rosamond.

Homicide Investigators have learned that Detectives from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station were investigating a case involving domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, terrorist threats and false imprisonment. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office had filed 12 felony charges against the suspect and there was an active warrant for his arrest. Palmdale Detectives enlisted the help of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau-Surveillance Apprehension Team, to locate and arrest the suspect. The suspect was reportedly armed with a black, semi-automatic handgun when he assaulted the victim.

The suspect was identified as 31 year old Terron Jammal Boone, of Palmdale. It was reported that he was the half-brother of Robert Fuller, who had been discovered hanging from a tree on June 10, 2020 and is currently the subject of a death investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau and the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner.

On June 17, 2020, the domestic violence investigation led the Major Crimes detectives to the 3400 block of 15th Street West in the City of Rosamond, in Kern County. The detectives observed a male who matched the wanted suspect’s description, seated in the front passenger’s seat of a blue SUV.

Detectives effected a traffic stop of the vehicle to identify the occupant and if confirmed, arrest the suspect. The vehicle was driven by an adult female, who was unrelated to the crime being investigated. As the vehicle came to a stop inside the parking lot of an apartment complex on 15th Street West, the suspect opened the front passenger door of the vehicle and fired several shots at the deputies, from a black, semi-automatic handgun, impacting a detective’s vehicle.

Three Detectives and their field supervisor returned fire, striking the suspect numerous times in the upper torso. The suspect was taken into custody. Paramedics responded to provide emergency medical treatment, however the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene.

The female driver was also struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released.

A seven year old girl, who was seated in the rear seat of the vehicle, was uninjured. No deputies were injured.

The deceased suspect was positively identified as Terron Jammal Boone, by the Kern County Coroner’s Office.

Whenever a deputy-involved shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, and a person is struck by gunfire, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immediately notifies the Office of the Inspector General who sends a representative to the incident scene and provides independent oversight throughout the investigative process. Once concluded, a preliminary review is conducted by the Critical Incident Review Panel to determine whether any immediate actions are warranted. Every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee. Input from Constitutional Policing Advisors is provided during the process. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Justice System Integrity Division, conducts a legal analysis to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed and if the shooting was legally justified.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), using your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Forwarded by:
Deputy James Nagao
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Operations Center
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Hall of Justice – First floor 
211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

May 15 – Peace Officer’s Memorial Day 2020 592 362 SIB Staff

May 15 – Peace Officer’s Memorial Day 2020

In observance of #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay, we honor all peace officers across the United States who made the ultimate sacrifice, and laid down their lives while serving and protecting their communities. We also hold the families of those brave men and women in our hearts for the hardships they have faced after losing a loved one. We at @LASDHQ express our gratitude for the sacrifices made by these families.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Presides Over Graduation Ceremonies of Deputy Academy Class #447 1024 576 SIB Staff

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Presides Over Graduation Ceremonies of Deputy Academy Class #447

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Presides Over Graduation Ceremonies of Deputy Academy Class #447

On Thursday April 23, 2020, a total of the 72 polished recruits lined up at STARS Center, in what would be their final platoon formation as academy classmates.  

The ceremony was a formal transformation of academy recruits into sworn peace officers. Sheriff Alex Villanueva presided over the graduation ceremony, and delivered encouraging remarks to the 17 female and 55 male graduates and their guest.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined on stage by Captain David Povero, Covina Police Department; Chief Carl Povilaitis, Glendale Police Department in presenting the 72 graduates with their Peace Officer Standards and Training certificates.  The graduates were then officially sworn in as California Peace Officers

In a special segment of the ceremony, Joseph Gonzalez, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was named as the class Honor Recruit.  This award is earned by the recruit who achieved the highest numerical average based upon leadership qualities, academics, marksmanship, and physical performance throughout the training period.   Christina Natividad, was honored as Academic Recruit.  This award is earned by the recruit who achieved the highest academic scores.

Academy Class #447 is a largely international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County.  Of the 72 graduating recruits, 2 were born outside the United States in the countries of Mexico and Nicaragua; 4 recruits lived abroad in the countries of Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Philippines; and 38 recruits speak a language other than English, including Armenian Sign Language, Armenian, Korean, and Spanish.
These graduates bring with them a large source of higher education (30), service experience in the armed forces (10), and backgrounds in law enforcement (9), and many come from families with a tradition of serving in law enforcement (18). 

Women’s History Month: Detective Karen Velasquez 1024 682 SIB Staff

Women’s History Month: Detective Karen Velasquez

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department continues to honor Women’s History Month by highlighting strong and courageous women while celebrating their accomplishments. Today we recognize #LASD Special Operations Division, Transit Services Bureau, Detective Karen Velasquez.

“All my life I have been into Physical Fitness and Nutrition. After graduating from Cal State San Bernardino with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science, my interest in Law Enforcement started after I read an article about a female Deputy Sheriff. She was very small in stature like myself and it inspired me to apply for a position as a Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “

Detective Velasquez has experienced a multitude of great assignments since graduating from the LASD Academy in 2000. Her Career started as a Module Deputy who oversaw male Felons at the Men’s Central Jail. That experience helped as she transitioned into a Patrol Deputy assignment at Cerritos Sheriff’s Station in 2007.

Detective Velasquez’s desire to become an Investigator stems from her selfless need to help people who are unable to help themselves. Detective Bureau Supervisor, Sgt. Edward O’Neil says, “Detective Velasquez is highly self-motivated in her desire to be the best detective she can be. On top of being kind and outgoing, her Leadership abilities can always be counted upon as a mentor to our newer Deputies.

In reflecting upon the strong role models in her own life, Detective Velasquez is most inspired by her Husband and Daughter. Her husband is also a Sworn Deputy Sheriff who has helped reinforce the notion that through fortitude and perseverance; anything she sets her mind to is possible.

“Women’s History Month is a time for all women to collectively come together,” said Detective Velasquez. “It’s a time to reflect upon how our collective cohesiveness positively impacts everyone around us in the workplace, and also to the victims we compassionately help daily.”

Coronavirus Scams 1024 1024 SIB Staff

Coronavirus Scams

There are unscrupulous persons out there who are taking advantage of the Coronavirus nationwide circumstances. Please prepare & protect yourself and your family, but don’t panic. The Department is aware there are a few scams out there, please read the information below to avoid becoming a victim. At this time, our Department is not aware of any local cases. We are, however, monitoring COVID-19 and making sure the public is aware of these scams. 

DO NOT click on phishing emails, links, or attachments you don’t recognize; hackers maybe be able to access your personal information if you click, open, or log in to a fake page. You may receive emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites or Doctors. For example, an email will come from @CDC-GOV.ORG vs. the official email sender of @CDC.GOV. Make sure you hover over the link to verify the URL & domain name (Uniform Resource Locator).  

IGNORE fraudulent online offers claiming they are selling COVID-19 knockoff products, cures or treatments. At this time, per CDC, there is no vaccine for Coronavirus. There are scammers claiming they are selling the “N95” respirator face masks vs. regular surgical masks, or hand sanitizer that is 60% alcohol. Please purchase from businesses you trust. 

BE AWARE of fraudulent fundraising campaigns or donation requests for cash, gift cards, and credit cards. There are scammers seeking contributions via emails or going door to door. At this time, CDC is not sending persons door to door for cash or soliciting donations through bitcoin or PayPal.

PRICE GOUGING California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a price gouging alert due to State of Emergency. 

To get information, resources, and updates from official Departments, please visit www.CDC.gov or https://www.cdph.ca.gov . For local Los Angeles County information please visit the local webpage at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/. If you believe you have been scammed, contact your bank and/or credit card company immediately and report it to your local law enforcement. If you think there is a situation where a business may be charging excessively, please file a complaint through the website at https://www.oag.ca.gov/ or call 800-952-5225.

Sheriff’s Statement on Declared Local Health Emergency 679 166 SIB Staff

Sheriff’s Statement on Declared Local Health Emergency

Sheriff’s Statement on Declared Local Health Emergency

LASD Executive Coronavirus Briefing and Planning Meeting

On March 11, 2020, Sheirff Villanueva and the Department's executive team met at the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center to discuss the Department's response to, and plan for, the potential spread of Covid-19 through the County of Los Angeles. The executive team toured the Emergency Operations Center and was briefed by the Department's tactial planning experts which are assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau. Response readiness plans as well as a equipment and resource needs were discussed in an effort to better prepare the Sheriff's Department to respond to any request if needed. Currently the Sheriff's Department is working with the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Health Services, the Correctional Health Services unit, and various other County/City agencies to ensure we are all ready for a county-wide response.To read more, please visit: https://lasd.org/sheriff-statement-corona-virus/ or https://lasd.org/coronavirus-update/, and http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/#

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Earlier today the Board of Supervisors declared a local public health emergency in the County of Los Angeles, in response to the novel coronavirus.  Although this declaration is precautionary, I want to assure the residents of this great county your Sheriff’s Department is prepared to keep residents safe.

The Sheriff’s Operation Center is staffed 24 hours a day with personnel continuously and vigilantly monitoring the needs for resources across Los Angeles County.  Our Emergency Operations Bureau is co-located and in constant communication with the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management to ensure we are ready for a county-wide response, if needed. 

We are collaborating with personnel from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Correctional Health Services unit, to ensure adequate resources are available to respond to any potential outbreak, not only for the public, but for those incarcerated in our jail system, as well. 

I want to assure the public we will do everything in our power to keep our residents safe. But it doesn’t just stop there; I urge you to take precautionary measures, to help ensure your own safety.

The Department of Public Health recommends the following to protect ourselves against respiratory illnesses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds at a time,with soap and water. Do this especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular, household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Face masks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.
  • Get immunized to prevent influenza, if you have not already done so this season.

As the Department of Public Health mentioned, please continue to offer welcoming environments for ALL members of our community.  Neither the California State Public Health Department nor Los Angeles County Public Health recommend that any regularly-scheduled events be canceled due to novel corona virus.  There is no community spread of the novel corona virus in the United States at this time, and the risk to the general public remains low. 

2020 Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting the Special Olympics 1024 768 SIB Staff

2020 Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting the Special Olympics

We are getting geared up for the 2020 Law Enforcement Torch Run benefitting #SpecialOlympics! It’s an immense awareness fundraiser in #SoCal, championing acceptance, and inclusion. Happy to provide opening remarks to volunteers, Special Olympics Southern California and LASD personnel.” – #SheriffV