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HOMELESS COUNT 2020 510 680 SIB Staff

HOMELESS COUNT 2020

Law enforcement personnel are often the first contact with those experiencing homelessness.  For that reason LASD HOST was created to exemplify the county’s efforts to combat homelessness and preserve public safety.  HOST’s mission is to positively impact the homeless crisis in the county while increasing public safety and preserving the rights and dignity of persons experiencing homelessness.  Through our contacts with thousands of homeless neighbors, HOST has earned a reputation for being compassionate, accountable, innovative, and bold.  HOST has transcended the role of traditional law enforcement.  For years, HOST has accomplished the mission with zero uses of force.    

Sheriff Villanueva walked with volunteers in the city of East Los Angeles to see the growing homeless crises and in need of shelter.Video courtesy of KTLA 5 News:

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, January 23, 2020
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Suspect arrested after short pursuit in La Puente 600 128 SIB Staff

Suspect arrested after short pursuit in La Puente

A suspect is in custody after biting a deputy sheriff, and leading several other deputies on a pursuit through residential streets before crashing into another vehicle.   

It began on Friday, January 10, 2020, at approximately 5:00 PM, when Deputy Sheriff’s from Industry Station conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle at the intersection of Evanwood Avenue and Lassalette Avenue, in the unincorporated area of Valinda. The suspect was asked to exit his vehicle but refused to comply with the Deputy’s commands.  The driver instead reached for a bag on the floorboard of the vehicle.  Thinking the suspect might be reaching for a weapon, the Deputy grabbed hold of the suspect’s arm/shoulder preventing him from reaching inside the bag.  As the Deputy held on, the suspect reached down and bit the Deputy’s hand.  The suspect drove away from the scene after the Deputy let go of him and went in pursuit of the suspect  through various residential streets in La Puente, and surrounding areas.

Upon reaching the intersection of Willow Avenue and Fairgrove Avenue, the suspect crashed into another vehicle.  The suspect’s vehicle  then came to rest after colliding into a wall.  Deputies were then able to detain the suspect with no further incident.  The Los Angeles County Fire Department transported the Suspect to a nearby hospital for a medical evaluation and clearance for booking.  A firearm was recovered inside the bag the suspect was reaching for.  

A woman in the other vehicle involved in the collision, was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries. 

The Deputy who was bit by the suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time. 

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Sheriff Villanueva holds Press Conference about school shooting threat

On Thursday November 21, 2019, LASD Century Station personnel responded to a school shooting threat against students at Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School.  The threat alleged a student was going to shoot other students at the school on Friday, November 22, 2019.  Multiple students overheard the threat and immediately told their teachers.  The teachers immediately emailed the school administration, who then called the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Century Station. 

Deputies immediately initiated an investigation and conducted interviews to gather more information.  The investigation led them to the subject, a 13 year old male, who allegedly made the threat.  Through investigative methods, the subject’s address was located and search warrants were authored for the residence.  During the execution of the warrant, a rifle with a high capacity magazine was seized along with ammunition.  The subject had in his possession a rudimentary hand drawn map of the school, as well as a list containing names. Additionally, a 19 year old male suspect, who is a relative of the subject, was arrested for possession of an unregistered firearm and is being held on $35,000 bail.

The Sheriff encourages Los Angeles County residents that if that if they see or hear something to say something. We have Detectives from local station who are working with School Resource Officers, Crime Analysts as well our Major Crimes Bureau Detectives who monitor the web on a constant bases to ensure the safety and security of all of our schools.  We take all threats against schools in our jurisdiction very seriously.  In these unpredictable situations, preparation is key. Please visit our page and watch our videos at www.activeshooter.lasd.org

Link to Press Conference:  https://bit.ly/2KKoZpp


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SEARCH AND RESCUE – TBT

#ThrowbackThursday #LASD The Search and Rescue teams function as the Sheriff’s Department’s official emergency response unit. The unit provides services to those citizens who become stranded, lost, or injured in the mountainous areas of Los Angeles County.

There are eight individual teams: Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, Antelope Valley Search and Rescue, Malibu Search and Rescue Team, Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue Team, Montrose Search and Rescue, San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team and Avalon Search and Rescue Team.

Most of the team members are Los Angeles County Sheriff Reserve Deputies, while others are dedicated volunteers from the local communities to assist in search and rescue operations. All teams are under the direction of the local Sheriff’s Stations.

Because team members would go into steep and treacherous terrain, possibly at night or in the rain, it is imperative that all members are well trained. In addition to academy training, Search and Rescue Team members undergo extensive mountaineering training. Also, they must hold a current Emergency Medical Technician license and usually must live within a fifteen or twenty minute response time of the station where they serve. 

Each team member is selected for his or her physical capabilities, maturity, and willingness to respond at a moment’s notice in emergency search and rescue situations. The men and women of the team are highly trained in technical rope rescue, swift water, snow and ice operations search theory and tracking.

As a part of the state of California mutual aid system, the teams also provides support search and rescue efforts throughout California and the United States.

They are ready to respond to emergency 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to “anywhere in the wilderness that someone needs help”!

**#1951 picture from LASD museum

** Malibu search team picture from their facebook.