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Sheriff Addresses BOS regarding Budget and Promotions

SHERIFF ADDRESSES BOS REGARDING BUDGET AND PROMOTIONS

During a live virtual Board of Supervisors’ (BOS) meeting held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Sheriff Alex Villanueva addressed the BOS motion regarding the partial release of $143.7M in appropriated funds that had been frozen by the Board on October 1st, 2019. After the motion was introduced, Supervisors Kuehl and Solis amended it to include a bombshell, which was the surprise announcement of a promotional freeze for all positions within the Sheriff’s department, including critical front line supervision. 

The Sheriff introduced a descriptive graph that illustrated the deliberate defunding of the Sheriff’s Department budget over the course of the last five years, as it compares to the overall county budget.  Since 2000, the LASD budget has grown on average 0.86% every five years, an almost flat growth rate that does not cover rising labor and operating costs.  Over the last five years, the LASD budget has shrunk in relations to the overall county budget by 1.41%, leaving public safety structurally underfunded. 

The Sheriff cited several complex areas which were underfunded: Trial Court Security Funding – $76M, Workers’ Compensation – $33.4M, Retirement Payouts – $28.8M, Retiree Health – $16.2M, Court Liability Judgments – $10.8M, in addition to Federal Lawsuit Compliance, maintenance costs to work in Aging Facilities, Unscheduled Overtime (Tick Fire, Calabasas Helicopter Crash, Saugus High School Shooting, and the COVID-19 pandemic).  The Sheriff went on to explain, “In spite of these unforeseen expenditures, it is anticipated that LASD will reduce overtime expenditures by $10.8 Million this fiscal year.” 

Lastly, Sheriff Villanueva explained the harmful effects of stopping all promotions and reducing Academy classes by two thirds.  With 356 sergeant vacancies and 34 lieutenant vacancies, this represents critical front line supervision of law enforcement activities, where the county faces the greatest liability and a critical point of concern noted in the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence (CCJV).  Sworn vacancies, which now total over 700, are the driving force behind overtime expenditures, and the monies invested in Academy classes now will result in a reduction of over $400M in overtime expenditures over the next five years. 

The sheriff is disappointed that the Board is playing politics with public safety and falsely portraying the financial status of the LASD for political gain. 

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Addresses the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – 04/28/2020

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Addresses the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – 04/28/2020

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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WATCH SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA ON KTLA REGARDING COVID19

Watch sheriff alex villanueva on ktla regarding covid19

Watch Sheriff Alex Villanueva on KTLA stating that safety and security of every County of LA resident is his top priority and remains committed to moving forward during the #COVID19 pandemic.

We will all work together to #FlattenTheCurve #SaferAtHome #LASD

Sheriff Alex Villanueva on @KTLA tonight

Sheriff Alex Villanueva told @KTLA tonight that safety and security of every @CountyofLA resident is his top priority and remains committed to moving forward during the #COVID19 pandemic. We will all work together to #FlattenTheCurve #SaferAtHome #LASD

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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SHERIFF CONFERENCE REGARDING COVID19

Watch Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s latest press conference regarding Covid19

Press Conference

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Addresses Mental Health Teams and County Emergency Operations Amid COVID-19

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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ONLINE INMATE VISITATION SCHEDULING AND REGISTRATION SYSTEM reGARDING COVID-19

Online Inmate Visitation Scheduling and Registration System REGARDING COVID-19

“Pursuant to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, we are making efforts to ensure the health and welfare of all those who live, work, and visit the County jails and patrol stations.

At the recommendation of the Los Angeles County Correctional Health Services, all public visits have been cancelled as part of the County’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) prevention efforts starting from Friday, March 13, 2020. Only attorney and professional visits will be allowed during this period. The inmate visiting at all Los Angeles County Jail facilities and the patrol stations’ jails will remain suspended until further notice.

As this Department values visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation, we will remain committed to providing public visiting once these unique circumstances allow for in the nearby future. We are committed to supporting you and loved ones in our care during this time of uncertainty. If you have any questions or concerns regarding visitation, please contact the Inmate Video Visitation System Help Desk at IVVSPublicHelpDesk@lasd.org or call (213) 680-IVVS (4887), Monday through Friday, 7:00am – 2:00pm.”

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LASD hONORS SUMTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CPL. ANDREW GILLETTE

LASD HONORS SUMTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CPL. ANDREW GILLETTE

LASD extends its sincere condolences & prayers to our family at Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (Sumter, SC) for the loss of Corporal Andrew Gillette, who was killed in the line of duty today. May you be in God’s arms. #LODD #ThinBlueLine

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crime time Tuesday: suspect sentenced

CRIME TIME TUESDAY: SUSPECT SENTENCED

#LASD #CrimeTimeTuesday Man Sentenced for Killing Woman and Hiding her Body in a Wall, Unincorporated #Lomita 37 year-old, Raven Campbell, missing since July 2009, will finally be able to Rest in Peace. On Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Suspect Garbutt was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for her 2009 murder. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 6:30 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives discovered human remains on the 26800 block of Western Avenue, Unincorporated Lomita. Detectives along with the Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner personnel responded to a tip that human remains were hidden in a residence. Cadaver dogs alerted and detectives assisted Coroner’s Special Operations Response Team in excavating and removing the human remains. Thursday, July 9, 2015, officials from the County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner conducted a post mortem examination and identified the cause of death as blunt force trauma. Wednesday, February 3, 2016, deputies arrested Randolph Garbutt, male, Black, 43 years-old, for a traffic warrant. At the time of Victim Campbell’s disappearance the suspect and victim shared the residence on Western Avenue. Suspect Garbutt was booked for the murder of Raven Campbell on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Link to press conference re: http://bit.ly/2Mjgrqz