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LASD Metrolink Bureau


Did you know #LASD Metrolink Bureau under contract with Metrolink, has the exclusive jurisdiction of policing all crimes aboard our Metrolink trains throughout the entire operational system. They are also tasked with the policing of the railroad rights-of-way within Los Angeles County only. LASD coordinates with local agencies during all incidents that occur within their jurisdiction.

Metrolink Bureau deputies perform a grade crossing enforcement operation throughout the six counties. They conduct a roving Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR)/Fare Operation on the different Metrolink Trains.

Explosives canines sweep the trains between station stops. The main objectives for Metrolink deputies is to ensure an orderly and safe event, to protect the welfare and safety of Metrolink patrons, employees and contractors and to ensure the uninterrupted movement of Metrolink and Union Pacific freight trains through the enforcement area.

Metrolink deputies consistently monitor and maintain a constant state of situational awareness and operational readiness related to the operations.

#LASD Metrolink Bureau is on board with Metrolink’s mission statement of providing a “safe, efficient, dependable, and on-time transportation service that offers outstanding customer experience, and enhances quality of life.”

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Lakewood Station Deputies keep 17 year tradition going


17 years ago Lakewood Sheriff’s Station decorated Deputy David A. Powell’s home for Christmas the day before we was laid to rest. 17 years later, Lakewood Station still carries on the tradition of never forgetting their partner and always supporting his wife. May you always being watching over us Dave!

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Lakewood Station Honors Deputy David Powell


Deputies at Lakewood Station honor fallen hero Deputy David A. Powell by running in his honor on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

On November 30, 2002, Deputy David A. Powell paid the ultimate sacrifice. Deputy Powell and his partner responded to a call of “shots fired” near the area of 166th Street and Elaine Avenue in the city of Artesia. A short time later, he was alerted to the presence of the suspect in a nearby residence. Informed that the suspect had taken a woman hostage, Deputy Powell and his partner attempted to force entry through the front door when four shots were fired through the house. Deputy Powell suffered a fatal gunshot wound. His partner returned fire with a shotgun and mortally wounded the suspect.

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LASD Explorers Celebrated Family Night


#LASD Explorer Class 103 celebrated FAMILY NIGHT with their family and friends. Congratulations to each and everyone of them.

The Explorers had to endure many weeks of grueling physical agility obstacles and many tests to get to where they are at today.

Also many thanks to Lt. Roberto Medrano, Sgt. Anthony Romo, Deputy Michael Sanchez and all the other participating agencies and staff for true dedication to the Explorer Program.

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Meet LASD Metrolink Bureau’s Newest K-9!


Please welcome Metrolink’s new K-9 Handler Deputy Anthony Velasco and his partner, Tina!

LASD/Metrolink Bureau is honored to have Deputy Velasco and Tina as part of our team. The Metrolink Bureau, currently deploys three K-9’s throughout approx 500 miles of train track.

Deputy Velasco and his partner are trained in explosives detection. The explosives detection K-9 teams combine excellent mobility and maneuverability with reliable detection through their natural born senses and experience. Their use today has evolved to include searching areas in response to bomb threats in aviation and mass transit systems. In addition, K-9 teams serve as general deterrents to any would-be terrorists and/or criminals.

Interesting Facts about K-9 Handlers: All Metrolink Bureau canine teams endure intense training at the TSA Explosives Detection Canine Handler Course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

From there, each handler and K-9’s have to be annually certified through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) National Explosive Detection Canine Training program (NEDCTP).


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Sheriff Villanueva Holds Town Hall Meeting in Compton


The Sheriff’s 25th town hall in #Compton on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 was a great success. At the tremendous turnout, residents’ spoke about their concerns within their community. It was our pleasure to meet with them and detail LASD’s efforts to address the issues we face together. Marijuana dispensaries have been a concern in the community and we are diligently working with community leaders to close them. Sgt. Kitchen spoke about our Homeless Outreach Services Team (H.O.S.T.) and LASD’s efforts to assist and aid the homeless in the community. Thank you to all who attended. #WorkingTogether #Townhall

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LASD Metrolink Bureau Spreads Holiday Cheer To Its Patrons


#LASD Metrolink Bureau and Metrolink team up to bring the holiday cheer with the transit community.

Captain Ed Wells of Metrolink Bureau and Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins join in on the fun by greeting all riders at this years Holiday Express Train at the Laguna Niguel Station. Toy donations were collected and give-always and holiday cheer were shared by all.

Thank you to all who participated, donated toys and their time. #CommunityInvolvement

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Sheriff Villanueva Spreads Holiday Cheer at Women’s Jail


Holidays are typically a time to spend with family and friends, so for inmates away from their families, a temporary or permanent absence in the lives of their loved ones can magnify a difficult time, both physically and emotionally.

Yes, maybe they’ve done something they shouldn’t have done. But that should not allow us to forget the spirit of the season, where we open our hearts to one another. It’s a lesson in doing the right thing, for the right reason; about sharing acts of kindness and thoughtfulness with others to lift their spirits.

In choosing to be forgiving and compassionate, LASD Sheriff Alex Villanueva invited Mariachi to not only surprise the inmates, but also to remind them that they are not forgotten.

As Mariachi music is often present at important events and celebrations in the lives of Latino people, this beloved music has transcended language, geography and politics and brought people together.

Not only has music always given a voice to the lost and forgotten, for many it has evolved into a sort of soundtrack full of thoughts that turn into emotion. These acoustic harmonies show the power of music to heal.

Sheriff Villanueva’s Mariachi at CRDF, a women’s jail, is about the humanity behind a jail cell. “Every person is worthy and deserves respect as a human being,” said Sheriff Villanueva. “Just because they are here in jail does not mean they stop being human, or they stop feeling or stop thinking about their family members. We all have to think about loved ones that are inside the jails and in the hospitals on this Christmas day. It’s very important.”

For the staff at CRDF and first responders in general, working all if not most of the holidays is part of the job. Deputies and staff assigned to CRDF and scheduled to work during the holidays will miss family events. Although deputies will typically celebrate together by bringing in a dish, oftentimes those meals will be interrupted.

Sheriff Villanueva’s hope is that Mariachi fans among the deputies and staff at CRDF will become enchanted by the sounds of the guitars, trumpets and violins, uplifting their spirits in appreciation of their commitment and dedication in service to others.

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Sustainability Team

LASD Sustainability Team

In 2016, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established the Chief Sustainability Office to make Los Angeles communities “healthier, more equitable, economically stronger, more resilient, and more sustainable.” As of August of this year, the Our County Sustainability Plan was implemented. This plan will have tremendous impacts throughout the county. As a result, the Sheriff’s Department has created the LASD Sustainability Team. The Sustainability Team’s goal is to meet the targets of the County’s plan; most notably, Goal 9 which encourages sustainable production and consumption of resources. With this plan we hope to make our stations and custody facilities more sustainable and more resilient, hopefully making a stronger impact on our environment.

Community Beach Cleanup – December 14, 2019 from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm at Topanga State Beach. To sign up, please use this link

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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

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