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Safer At Home Order

The safety and security of all LA Co residents has always been my top priority. Please view my videotaped message on my social media platforms, explaining how LASD will respond to the “Safer at Home” program implementation and enforcement measures. Together, as a community, we will get through these tough times.

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Academy class 445 graduation

On Friday March 13, 2020, a total of the 81 polished recruits lined up at the STARS Center Gymnasium, in what would be their final platoon formation as academy classmates.  After 22 weeks of rigorous academy training, the recruits pressed through an equally intense and meticulous formal class inspection by law enforcement executives just before the ceremony.
 
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 64 male graduates and their guests.
 
Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined on stage by Chief George Mueller, California Department of Insurance; Assistant Chief Ronald Iizuka, Culver City Police Department; Chief Mark Fronterotta, Inglewood Police Department; Deputy Chief Timothy Anderson, Los Angeles School Police Department; Region 7 Manager Matthew O’Deane, California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, in presenting the 81 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, Nathaniel T. Hocking, 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.   Michael Guzman, California Department of Insurance, was honored as Academic Recruit.  This award is earned by the recruit who achieved the highest academic scores.
 
Each class of recruits processed through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department STARS Center Training Academy, brings together a collection of unique aspects, qualities and experiences. Academy Class #445 is a largely international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County.  Of the 81 graduating recruits, 10 were born outside the United States in the countries of Guatemala, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, and Serbia; 9 recruits lived abroad in the countries of Germany, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Japan, New Zealand (33 years), Peru (34 years), and Serbia (26 years); and 50 recruits speak a language other than English, including Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Hindi, Gujarati, Serbian, and Spanish.
 
These graduates bring with them a large source of higher education (32), service experience in the armed forces (12), and backgrounds in law enforcement (10), and many come from families with a tradition of serving in law enforcement (28).

 
Congratulations Academy Class 445!

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Sheriff elevates the response readiness level for County Emergency Operations Center

Sheriff elevates the response readiness level for County Emergency Operations Center in response for CoVid-19

As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the safety and security of all residents is Sheriff Villanueva's top priority. As the County's top law enforcement official, the Sheriff is designated as the Director of the Emergency Operation's Center for the County of Los Angeles. Today, Sheriff Villanueva, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, toured the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure the County was ready to manage the health and safety of its residents. The Operations Center, generally staffed by the Sheriff's Department and the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, houses the tools and resources needed for all County departments to coordinate their disaster and recovery efforts, ensuring continuity in response to county-wide emergencies. During these declared emergencies, County Departments send representatives to the Emergency Operations Center to begin planning efforts to support those county residents who are affected.Due to the emerging needs of the County and in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Sheriff elevated the response level from level 2 (minimal staffing by county department to provide for centralized emergency management) to a level 1, (Full staffing of the Emergency Operations Center to support centralized emergency management during a proclaimed local emergency). Since this COVID-19 is a health-driven event, the Office of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Management are the lead agencies. However, The Sheriff's Department will allocate management resources to garner all available resources better to support them. The Department is Staffing our Operation's Center 24 hours a day. It will provide a Division Chief for the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure proper management of resources and shared information across the County of Los Angeles. Sheriff Villanueva added, "It's not about being scared; it's about being prepared."LASD remains dedicated to working with all County of LA Leaders and Officials to combat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, March 12, 2020

SHERIFF ELEVATES THE RESPONSE READINESS LEVEL FOR COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER For covid-19

As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the safety and security of all residents is Sheriff Villanueva’s top priority. As the County’s top law enforcement official, the Sheriff is designated as the Director of the Emergency Operation’s Center for the County of Los Angeles. Today, Sheriff Villanueva, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, toured the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure the County was ready to manage the health and safety of its residents.

The Operations Center, generally staffed by the Sheriff’s Department and the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, houses the tools and resources needed for all County departments to coordinate their disaster and recovery efforts, ensuring continuity in response to county-wide emergencies.

During these declared emergencies, County Departments send representatives to the Emergency Operations Center to begin planning efforts to support those county residents who are affected.
Due to the emerging needs of the County and in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Sheriff elevated the response level from level 2 (minimal staffing by county department to provide for centralized emergency management) to a level 1, (Full staffing of the Emergency Operations Center to support centralized emergency management during a proclaimed local emergency).

Since this COVID-19 is a health-driven event, the Office of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Management are the lead agencies.

However, The Sheriff’s Department will allocate management resources to garner all available resources better to support them. The Department is Staffing our Operation’s Center 24 hours a day. It will provide a Division Chief for the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure proper management of resources and shared information across the County of Los Angeles.

Sheriff Villanueva added, “It’s not about being scared; it’s about being prepared.”

LASD remains dedicated to working with all County of LA Leaders and Officials to combat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Sheriff Villanueva speaking to a man and woman in an alley
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HOMELESS COUNT 2020

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. 

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said “Over the past three evenings, LASD personnel escorted volunteers throughout the county of for Homeless Count 2020. Homelessness is a complex issue for the County. These residents struggle with poverty, some struggle with mental illness. Unfortunately, our younger adults are more vulnerable. Young People who lack stable housing are at a higher risk of being trafficked and more likely to experience substance use and depression.

By conducting these counts with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and forming collaborations with service providers, LASD’s Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) continues to assist those experiencing homelessness throughout the County. Los Angeles County has established subsidies to support our most vulnerable residents, and it has proven affordable and effective. The County is redoubling efforts to combat this issue, and as part of the county family, the Sheriff’s Department is as well.

 It is my goal to increase the number of Department personnel assigned to the LASD’ HOST three-fold to help people get on their feet and off the streets. By providing compassion and access to services, we can help those in need and keep them out of our jail system.”

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.    

Video courtesy of KTLA 5.

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

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

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

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.