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Please discuss internet safety with your children.
With recent school closures due to #COVID19 many children are using the internet and have recently created email accounts or social media profiles to communicate with their friends or complete school work & programs.
Tips from LASD
💻TALK about Internet safety with children of ALL ages when they engage in online activity.
📲Review & approve games and apps before they are downloaded… especially video, voice, and messaging apps.
🔑Make sure privacy settings are set to the strictest level possible for online gaming systems and electronic devices. You can use parental controls or ask children to scan their device as needed.
👀 Monitor your children’s use of the Internet; keep electronic devices in an open, common room of the house. You can add parental controls & google “vault” or popular “hiding apps”
✅Check your children’s profiles and what they post online. Make sure they are not posting age, address, phone numbers etc.
📸Explain to your children that images aka selfies posted online will be permanently on the Internet.
❌Make sure children know that anyone who asks a child to engage in sexually explicit activity online should be reported to a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult and law enforcement.
🚔Remember that victims should not be afraid to tell law enforcement if they are being sexually exploited. It is not a crime for a child to send sexually explicit images to someone if they are compelled or coerced to do so.
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1. The government will not ask you to pay any fees or up front charges to receive these benefits. 2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer. 3. Issuing of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer. 4. Remember, government agencies do not communicate through social media. Be wary of unsolicited messages.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
SEVERAL LASD EMPLOYEES CAME IN CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. WHAT’S THE LATEST?
WE HAVE PERSONNEL FROM
WALNUT/DIAMOND BAR, SANTA CLARITA VALLEY AND MALIBU/LOST HILLS STATIONS, AND
THE TRANSIT SERVICES BUREAU, WHO WERE EITHER EXPOSED OR POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO
THE VIRUS WHILE ON-DUTY. ALTHOUGH THEY
WERE ASYMPTOMATIC, IT WAS OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION THEY WERE SENT HOME TO
SELF-QUARANTINE AND SELF-MONITOR, AS OUTLINED BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE
CONTROL AND PREVENTION.
AS OF TODAY, TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH, 2020, THERE ARE 43 EMPLOYEES WHO ARE SELF-QUARANTINED; 21 OF THEM ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED ON-DUTY; SEVEN OF THE 21 TESTED RETURNED WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS AND WENT BACK TO WORK; 14 DID NOT FIT THE CRITERIA TO BE TESTED; THREE ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH A CONFIRMED COVID-19 PATIENT. OF THE THREE DEPUTIES, TWO RETURNED TO WORK AFTER TESTING NEGATIVE AND ONE TEST IS PENDING.
22 OF THE 43 EMPLOYEES
ARE SELF-QUARANTINED. OF THESE 22
PEOPLE, 15 ARE SWORN AND SEVEN ARE NON-SWORN.
WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERS TO ASSESS IF COVID-19 TESTING OF
DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL IS REQUIRED. IN THE
MEANTIME, WE ARE MONITORING PERSONNEL FOR SYMPTOMS AND ENCOURAGING STAFF TO
WEAR THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WE ISSUED AND TO STAY HOME IF THEY FEEL ILL.
AS THE COVID-19 VIRUS
PROGRESSES, THERE WILL CERTAINLY BE MORE AND MORE EXPOSURE, ON AND OFF
DUTY. MANY PERSONNEL ON OUR DEPARTMENT
ARE MARRIED TO OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS, WHO ARE ALSO AT RISK OF EXPOSURE. WHEN THEY COME HOME, THEY TAKE THEIR WORK
WITH THEM, SO TO SPEAK.
CERTAINLY, WE CARE
ABOUT THE PUBLIC WE SERVE AND WANT TO PROVIDE THE MOST PROFESSIONAL SERVICE WE
CAN. PART OF THIS IS ENSURING THAT WE
NOT ONLY REMAIN HEALTHY, BUT THAT WE DON’T PRESENT A RISK OF CARRYING AN
EXPOSURE, FROM ONE SERVICE CALL TO THE NEXT, OR BRING IT HOME.
WE ASK THAT IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A NON-EMERGENT POLICE REPORT, VISIT OUR LASD.ORG WEBSITE (http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx) AND FIRST DETERMINE IF YOUR INCIDENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR FILING ONLINE. YOU CAN ALSO CALL YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO SEE IF THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS TO REPORTING NON-EMERGENT INCIDENTS, SUCH AS LOST OR STOLEN PROPERTIES, AND THEFTS OR VANDALISMS UNDER CERTAIN DOLLAR AMOUNTS.
IF YOU HAVE REGULARLY
SCHEDULED CHILD CUSTODY EXCHANGES OR ARE OBLIGATED TO VISIT FOR A COMPLIANCE
CHECK-IN, CALL AHEAD OF TIME, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FLU-LIKE
SYMPTOMS, FEVER OR RESPIRATORY ILLNESS, SO DEPUTIES CAN TAKE PRECAUTIONS.
AND OF COURSE, IF THERE
IS A SITUATION IN WHICH A LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE IS NEEDED TO IMMEDIATELY
PROTECT LIFE, SAFETY OR PROPERTY, CALL 9-1-1.
IF THERE IS SOMEONE AT THE LOCATION OR AN INVOLVED PARTY WHO IS EITHER
DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 VIRUS OR DISPLAYING SIGNS OF IT, PLEASE TELL THE
DISPATCHER AT THE TIME OF YOUR CALL.
WHAT IS BEING DONE TO CUT THE JAIL POPULATION TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS?
THE HEALTH OF OUR
CUSTODY ENVIRONMENT IS CERTAINLY VULNERABLE TO WHAT COMES INTO IT, AND IS DEFINITELY
ONE WE HAVE TO VIGILANTLY PROTECT.
LA SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA RAISED THE AGGREGATE BAIL AMOUNT FOR BOOKING INMATES FROM $25,000 TO $50,000, WHICH ALLOWS MORE PEOPLE TO RECEIVE CITATIONS, RATHER THAN GET BOOKED INTO CUSTODY. THIS REDUCES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ENTERING OUR JAIL FACILITIES, THEREFORE REDUCING THE CHANCES OF VIRUS BEING INTRODUCED INTO THAT ENVIRONMENT.
OUT OF THE 16,459 INMATES IN YESTERDAY’S MORNING COUNT,
THERE WERE ZERO CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS.
NINE INMATES ARE IN ISOLATION HOUSING, 21 INMATES ARE IN QUARANTINE AT
MEN’S CENTRAL JAIL, AND FIVE INMATES ARE IN QUARANTINE AT TWIN TOWERS
WE INCREASED THE
STRINGENCY OF OUR SCREENING PROCEDURES AND ARE DOING TEMPERATURE SCANNING OF
EVERYONE WHO ENTERS OUR CUSTODY FACILITIES TO HELP MAKE SURE THAT SOMEONE WHO
IS POTENTIALLY INFECTED DOES NOT EXPOSE THE REST OF THE POPULATION.
PUBLIC VISITING WAS
SUSPENDED, TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT OUR JAIL FACILITIES, AND THEREFORE
REDUCE THE NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES OF THE VIRUS TO BE INTRODUCED.
WHAT ABOUT PANIC-BUYING? HOW IS THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WORKING TO KEEP THINGS UNDER CONTROL AT LOCAL GROCERY STORES?
ALL PATROL STATIONS AND
FRONT LINE COMMAND WILL REMAIN OPEN AND OPERATIONAL. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO
MAINTAIN OUR PRIMARY MISSION OF PUBLIC SAFETY, RESPONDING TO CALLS FOR SERVICE
MAINTAINING ORDER, AND ASSISTING THE PUBLIC, AS NEEDED. THIS INCLUDES REMAINING OPEN FOR BUSINESS 24
HOURS A DAY.
STAFF VACATIONS WERE
CANCELLED THROUGH THE END OF APRIL, TO ENSURE MORE PERSONNEL ARE ON-HAND, AND
THOSE WORKING NON-ESSENTIAL ASSIGNMENTS CAN BE TEMPORARILY MOVED TO CUSTODY OR
PATROL ASSIGNMENTS TO OFFSET AND AUGMENT MANPOWER SHORTAGES.
WE INCREASED OUR PRESENCE
IN THE FIELD BY DEPLOYING THOSE NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL FROM OUR DETECTIVE
BUREAU TO VARIOUS PATROL STATIONS. THIS
IS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IN GROCERY
STORES, COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSES AND SHOPPING CENTERS; THE MERE PRESENCE OF LAW
ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL SHOULD BE A DETERRENT OF CRIME, AND WE WANT STAFF THERE,
JUST IN CASE THERE IS SOME SORT OF CONFLICT.
TYPES OF SUPPLEMENTAL DEPLOYMENTS ASSIST WITH INCIDENTS RELATED TO PANIC-BUYING,
WHILE ENSURING A STEADY COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND LOCAL BUSINESSES. IT
ALSO ENSURES THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF SERVICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY. THESE DEPLOYMENTS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL I DEEM
IF EVERYONE REMAINS CIVIL, COMPOSED AND CALM, SHOPPING FOR EVERYDAY ITEMS CAN BE SUSTAINABLE.
HOW MANY INMATES WERE IN TODAY’S (TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020) COUNT?
HOW MANY INMATES WERE CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19?
*ZERO. LA COUNTY JAILS HAVE NO CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID- 19.
HOW MANY INMATES ARE IN ISOLATION HOUSING AND AT WHICH FACILITIES?
10 HOUSED AT THE CORRECTIONAL TREATMENT CENTER (CTC) AT TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.
Below are the LASD educational programs that are continuing. Some of our programs have been cancelled at the direction of our educational providers
CTE stands for Career Technical Education.
South – CTE, Life Skills, and College of the Canyons continuing– no high school classes
NCCF – CTE, Life Skills and College of the Canyons continuing – no high school classes
North – Life Skills continuing– no high school
MCJ – CTE only – no high school
CRDF – Gender Responsive classes continuing – no high school
Reassures Residents; “Let’s Be Prepared, Not Scared”
press conference on Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Hall of Justice, Sheriff
Alex Villanueva stated his reassurance that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
Department is working hard to ensure law enforcement services in the areas we
serve remain uninterrupted by the coronavirus.
County Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) remains open at a Level I status, fully-staffed
with knowledgeable experts from other L.A. County departments. Our Department continues to collaborate with
local agencies, monitor world events and provide the most up-to-date
information to the public.
innovative and creative measures, Sheriff Villanueva was adamant about keeping
staff levels up and the inmate population count down. Staff vacations were cancelled through the
end of April to ensure more personnel are on-hand, and those working non-essential
assignments can be temporarily moved to custody or patrol assignments to offset
and augment manpower shortages. This
decision is particularly helpful for coverage, as a small number of personnel
were self-quarantined over the weekend.
Sheriff raised the aggregate bail amount for booking inmates raised from $25,000
to $50,000, which allows more people to receive citations, rather than get
booked into custody. This reduces the
number of people entering our jail facilities, therefore lowering chances of
the virus being introduced into that environment. Out of the 16,459 inmates in today’s morning
count, there were zero confirmed cases of coronavirus. Nine inmates are in isolation housing, 21
inmates are in quarantine at Men’s Central Jail, and five inmates are in
quarantine at Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
protective equipment was issued to field personnel. Inventory of these supplies was bulked-up,
with a likely request to follow for the release of Service and Supply funds, to
address the ongoing need for more items, such as masks, gloves, goggles, and
sanitizer. Patrol station and custody
facility unit commanders were directed to sanitize their stations and jails as
a preventative measure. Personnel are
reminded to be cognizant of hand-washing, don personal protective equipment,
covering sneezes, not touching their faces, and practice social distancing
all county buildings being ordered to close their doors to the public, Sheriff
Villanueva directed all patrol stations to keep their lobbies open. He encouraged the use of online reporting for
non-emergent, qualifying incidents, as outlined here: http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx
or calling your local patrol station. He
also asked that those who must visit a patrol station for services, such as
regularly-scheduled child custody exchanges or compliance check-ins, to notify
deputies if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms, fever or respiratory
illness so they can take precautionary measures.
events occur, information regarding public safety and other services will be
provided by our agency and updated on several platforms. Please monitor our social media sites,
@LASDHQ on Twitter, @LosAngelesCountySheriffDepartment on Facebook, and our https://lasd.org/
website for up-to-date information.
Stay connected, remain
composed and we will get through this together.
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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.
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
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.
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.
LASD CUSTODY OPERATIONS WORKING WITH DPH AND CHS TO PREPARE FOR 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
As 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world and new cases are being reported throughout the United States, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Custody Services Division (LASD) has been working diligently with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services – Correctional Health Services (CHS) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) to prepare.
Although we do not currently have any inmates in our custody who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, LASD and CHS continue to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to assess and monitor inmates in our custody, as well as newly arriving inmates, for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and will arrange for quarantine as necessary.
If an inmate meets the criteria of a suspected coronavirus patient, the inmate will be placed in isolation and staff will follow proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines. A surgical mask will be placed on the inmate patient who will be isolated in separate housing, away from general population housing. If that inmate is confirmed to have COVID-19, they will be re-housed in the medical ward of the jail. Proper PPE procedures for Department members and staff include safety eye goggles, an N-95 mask, disposable gloves, and a disposable gown.
Currently, Inmates who are scheduled to be released from custody will not be impacted; however, if the county jail system begins to see cases of COVID-19 within its housing locations, those housed in quarantined areas will go through a release protocol monitored by the Department of Public Health. The Department of Public Health will additionally monitor them after their release from custody.
The Department is working with the Superior Court of California-County of Los Angeles on a plan to minimize the impact on court proceedings for those who are quarantined if such need occurs. Inmates will still have access to contact their attorneys.
Monitoring and potential quarantine procedures will remain in place until CHS and DPH officials determine it is safe to return to normal operations.
To identify if your loved one is housed in a quarantined area, please visit the www.lasd.org and schedule a visit with your loved one. If a pop-up message is displayed that your loved one is in an affected area, he/she is under observation (quarantine) until further notice.
—— Information about COVID-19 ——
According to the Department of Public Health, COVID-19 is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets produced through coughing and sneezing, close personal contact with an infected person, and on rare occasions from infected objects or surfaces.
Chief Laura E. Lecrivain has been a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Department) since 1995. She oversees Countywide Services Division which includes the Community Partnerships, Community Colleges, Parks, and County Services Bureau. Prior to her promotion to chief, she worked as a commander for Countywide Services Division and Custody Division.
As a captain, Chief Lecrivain commanded the Twin Towers Correctional Facility (TTCF) where she was responsible for over 800 personnel and the care of 3,000 mentally ill inmates arrested in Los Angeles County (County). The TTCF is the largest mental health facility in the United States and houses the County’s most severe mental health inmates.
During her time on the Department, Chief Lecrivain had the privilege of working an array of assignments. As a deputy, she worked Century Station patrol, detective bureau, and Operation Safe Streets (OSS). Later, as a sergeant, Chief Lecrivain worked at the Men’s Central Jail, Compton Station, OSS, and Administrative Services Division. Upon her promotion to lieutenant, Chief Lecrivain worked as a watch commander at Palmdale Station, and later at Compton Station.
Chief Lecrivain is lifetime resident of Los Angeles County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management, and a Masters’ Degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California. In her spare time, Chief Lecrivain enjoys spending time with her family and Dodger baseball. She also loves reading and enjoys running.