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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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

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The 4th Immigrant Community Leadership Summit

Today marked the 4th Immigrant Community Leadership Summit, a joint partnership between the GRULAC consulates and law enforcement in Los Angeles.

Hosted jointly by Ambassador Marcela Celorio and Marcia Loureiro of the Consulates of Mexico and Brazil, respectively, the discussion topics were 1) the abuse of opioids and 2) recovery strategies following natural disasters.  Both topics are of importance to consular officers as their constituents live and travel through Los Angeles. 

The summit brought together Consuls General of Latin American Consulates with experts from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD)—including Sheriff Alex Villanueva.  

Over the course of the morning, attendees heard presentations from the FBI and DEA on opioids.  Renowned seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones followed up with an informative session on earthquakes, damage mitigation, and the need for community resilience after a large disaster.

On the topic of opioids, Sheriff Villanueva was clear in his message, advising that parents must learn to recognize the symptoms of opioid abuse, and to watch for those habits in their children.  He added that the Department diligently investigates dealers and practitioners suspected of over-prescribing opioids.  LASD subject matter experts from Narcotics Bureau contributed information on how the Department works with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to stop pharmacies operating illicitly.  The mission of the LASD Narcotics Bureau is to investigate and enforce the law as it pertains to the use, possession, sale, manufacturing, and transportation of controlled substances.

Personnel from LASD’s Emergency Operations Bureau also participated in the roundtable discussion, and helpfully contributed the County of Los Angeles “Emergency Survival Guide,” which can also be downloaded in multiple languages: https://lacounty.gov/emergency/emergency-survival-guide/

Though the topics discussed were very diverse, the summit will surely lead to future discussions on how consulates and law enforcement must work together for the benefit of all LA County residents. 

In fact, as the event wrapped up, Sheriff Villanueva announced that LASD is slated to host the 5th edition of the Immigrant Community Leadership Summit later this year.      

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Sheriff Villanueva Hosts Monthly Media Briefing Event

Sheriff Villanueva Hosts Monthly Media Briefing Event

Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s monthly media briefing took place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at the Hall of Justice.  He began by thanking representatives from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas (COFEM), and One Stop Immigration, for joining him at the conference.   

The Sheriff began the conference by reminding everyone that one of his campaign promises was to remove Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from County jails, and he has followed through.  Last year, ICE transfers were lowered by 52% and serious crime decreased by 7%.  “These numbers show that SB-54 and similar laws have not led to an increase in violent crime,” said the Sheriff.

Recently, the White House announced the deployment of SWAT-style agents to sanctuary cities like Los Angeles to enforce immigration laws. Sheriff Villanueva stated that such a move was unnecessary and it would only drive an already vulnerable population deeper into the shadows. He reiterated that, “As Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I’m responsible for everyone’s public safety, regardless of immigration status.”

Before closing the event, Sheriff Villanueva reminded everyone about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census and clarified that the census itself is not related to immigration enforcement.  Again, he thanked the advocacy groups for reaching and educating all members of the community so that they can be counted. Every person in the United States must be counted regardless of their status.    

Prepared by:

Alba Ibarra

Sheriff’s Information Bureau

211 West Temple Street,

Los Angeles, CA  90012

213-229-1850

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“If You See Something, Say Something”

LA Crime Stoppers: Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Alex Villanueva, Sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Sheriffs response on Border Patrol Tactical Unit Deployment

SHERIFFS RESPONSE ON BORDER PATROL TACTICAL UNIT DEPLOYMENT

According to the New York Times today, President Trump is deploying elite tactical border patrol agents known as BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) to so called sanctuary cities. I strongly oppose this irresponsible deployment of federal SWAT agents in Los Angeles County for civil immigration enforcement.


In 2019, I reduced ICE transfers by 53% and lowered serious crimes in Los Angeles County by 7%. This debunks the White House’s claim that SB-54 and similar laws throughout the nation will somehow lead to an increase in violent crime. We cannot allow the federal government to weaponize our immigration system for partisan politics. This poorly thought out plan can only be seen as a tactic to intimidate an already vulnerable population and drive them deeper into the shadows.


As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I am responsible for everyone’s public safety regardless of immigration status. We are not any safer if an entire segment of our population is afraid to report crimes to local law enforcement.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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LASD Search and Rescue Hiking Plan Worksheet

LASD SEARCH AND RESCUE HIKING PLAN WORKSHEET

Regardless of the weather conditions, it’s important that all Hiking groups in Los Angeles County fill out an LASD Search and Rescue Hiking Plan worksheet as part of their pre-planning. The completed worksheet should then be given to a responsible person who will provide this information to Law Enforcement / Search and Rescue, in the event you do not complete your trip as scheduled.

You can download the form by visiting:
http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_163961.pdf

The LASD Sheriff’s Emergency Services Detail (ESD) deputies operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to their tactical operations. All ESD deputies are certified paramedics and rescue divers and are responsible for coordinating and participating in mountain search and rescue, underwater search and rescue, and swift water rescue operations for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. They staff the Air-5 Rescue Helicopter, the Ocean Rescue Boat, and accompany the Special Weapons Teams on all operations.The ESD also maintains two Reserve companies assigned to its command. The Medical Company consists of doctors and medical specialists who are available to work with the Air-5 crew on busy weekends and major holidays.

Additionally, augmented alongside the full time crew are Reserve Deputies who are dedicated volunteers from the local community. They come from all walks of life and bring their own unique skills and experiences to the team. These Reserve Deputies are also EMT’s and Mountain Rescue certified and share common bond “So that others may live”.

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

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Lieutenant Marc Lucio promoted to Captain

LIEUTENANT MARC LUCIO PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has selected Marc A. Lucio to lead Transit Services Bureau (TSB).  TSB is the bureau tasked with providing police services to Metro buses, trains, and properties, throughout Los Angeles County.

Captain Lucio began his law enforcement career in 1992 as a reserve deputy assigned to Pico Rivera Station (PRV).  He graduated from the Academy in 1995 and served as a deputy at Men’s Central Jail, PRV, and Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS). 

In 2006, Captain Lucio promoted to sergeant and was assigned to East Los Angeles Station, Court Services East Bureau, PRV and OSS before promoting to lieutenant in 2012.   

As a lieutenant, Captain Lucio’s first assignment was TSB, where he was a watch commander, service area lieutenant, and the operations lieutenant.  During his time as a lieutenant, he also worked at  Compton Station, Emergency Operations Bureau as the Tactical Planning Lieutenant, Aero Bureau as the operations lieutenant, and most recently, as the Division Aide at Special Operations Division.

Captain Lucio has always been connected to his community and in 2018, was elected to the City Council in the City of Chino.  He currently serves on several city boards and committees.

Captain Lucio has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of La Verne and a master’s degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California.  He is married to his wife Sandra, who is a lieutenant on the Sheriff’s Department and together they have a blended family of six children.  In his off-duty time, Captain Lucio enjoys spending time with his family, working out, and serving his community.

Captain Lucio is among several captains to be promoted under Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s new captain selection process, which in this case, involved a panel of Metro Executives.  Once all of the finalists were interviewed, the panel chair made a recommendation to the Sheriff, who made the final decision in appointing a captain.

The Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau is currently the fifth largest transit law enforcement agency in the country.  This bureau has been part of Los Angeles County transit policing since 1990.

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Robbery Suspect Arrested

Operation safe streets detectives arrest ROBBERY SUSPECT in chatsworth

On Friday, January 24, 2020, at approximately 4:00 AM, Los Angeles County Sheriff Operation Safe Streets detectives served a search warrant this morning in the 22000 block of Zaltana Street in Chatsworth in the furtherance of an on-going criminal investigation.

Twenty nine year old Keenon Jackson, otherwise known as “YG”, a resident at the home, was taken into custody at the time of the service pursuant to an arrest warrant.  He was transported to Men’s Central Jail where he was booked for robbery. 

Jackson’s arraignment is set for Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in Compton Court. He remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail. 

There is no additional information available at this time.

LA Crime Stoppers:  Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station.  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

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