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Sheriff Villanueva, Community Members Denounce Violent Rioters in South Los Angeles Community

Sheriff Villanueva, Community Members Denounce Violent Rioters in South Los Angeles Community

Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a press conference today, Thursday, September 10, 2020, to denounce recent unlawfulness in the streets of the Westmont community, spurned in protest of a fatal deputy-involved shooting which occurred last month in the area.  The event took place in front of South Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station, which serves the areas of Athens, El Camino Village, Del Aire, unincorporated Gardena, Lennox, Lawndale, Moneta Gardens, and Wiseburn.

Since the shooting, numerous protests staged in front of the station turned into unlawful assemblies and lasted through early morning hours.  Crowds upward of 100 people gathered nightly at the intersection, and went from peaceful to assaultive toward deputies protecting the building.  Unruly participants vandalized the property, likely to cost thousands of dollars to repair.  Rebellious, self-proclaimed anarchists threw frozen water bottles, fireworks, smoke bombs, glass bottles, metal pipes, and chunks of cement to create chaos, damage and injury.  It was easy to see these participants did not come to make a civic difference for a good cause; they came armed and clad for battle in protective vests, helmets, shields, goggles, and heatproof gloves; they prevented commerce and travel by blocking the streets; and their loud and dangerous actions kept residents awake and shuttered in their homes for hours on several nights.

To determine the source of unruliness, numerous brave and concerned residents filtered through the crowds and did not recognize the majority of rioters and asked many where they reside.  Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Burbank, Hollywood, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, etc.:  People came from miles around to an area where they were strangers, to create havoc under the guise of communal regard.

On the fourth night in a row, the peace, flow and quality of life of the community was disturbed.  Deputies quelled the situation and engaged the rabble-rousers and anarchists.  Over the course of the last several days, 37 people were arrested for civil disobedience-related crimes, including Failure to Disperse at the Scene of a Riot.

Sheriff Villanueva expressed the importance of listening to those who reside and conduct business in the areas we serve, whose voices were overshadowed by the shouting and misconduct by others coming into the area.  He wanted them to have a platform to convey their points of view and concerns about the current events.  “We’re going to encourage the first amendment right, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to address government, by all means.  But it has to be in a manner that does not disrupt local law enforcement (and) does not disrupt our local community,” he said.   

A number of speakers at the press conference who live, grew up and conduct business in the area expressed the community’s collective displeasure and exhaustion with those foreign to the area coming in and trampling their city.  The destruction of structure and flow by wholly unconnected and unconcerned parties became such a concern, residents wanted to publicly address those responsible or considering it, to dissuade them from further action and let them know they are unwelcome.

Lifetime Westmont resident Kevin Orange said those who come from out of town to protest violence in their community and cause disruption undermine the efforts of locals who work hard to keep the area safe.  “So when you come here, like in a disrespectful way…it’s like our value and what we’re trying to do for this community is not warranted no more,” he said.  “If you’re not coming here to give us some kind of structure, to get behind us (or) on the side of us, you’re not doing us no good.”

Local business owner Robert Gomez expressed his frustration with strangers who enter the area and destroy what helps the local economy flourish and keeps people employed.  “I’m okay with peaceful protest…but I’m not okay with outsiders coming to our community and creating chaos.  I’m not okay with them looting and burning our businesses,” he said.  “I’m not okay with the disruption and chaos that these outsiders are creating to our community.”

Joe Collins poignantly stated the community’s collective position of self-preservation, not self-destruction, “We understand that black lives matter just as much as everyone else’s lives matter, but we’re not going to destroy our community to prove that.  And we will not allow anyone else to come into our communities and destroy it to prove that.”  Mr. Collins stated their firm resolve to stay intact, unlike some other national cities which were overrun with violence and lawlessness for months, wreaked under the cloak of cultural concern.  “South L.A. is not going to be anyone’s practice dummy.  We will not be Portland, Oregon; we will not be Washington State; we will not be Chicago; and we will not be New York.” 

Mr. Collins addressed an attorney in the audience, who said she represented one of the

arrested rioters.  She decried the use of rubber bullets on protesters, likely rounds launched from an ARWEN (Anti-Riot Weapon EnField), a less-lethal tool specifically designed for riot control.  Mr. Collins encouraged her to come to the area at night and observe the type of protests occurring with fireworks, rocks, bottles, and fire being hurled.  He pointed out the great danger of one of these objects making its way into a home or car and affecting an unwitting family or occupant. 

“Do not come from out of town into our town causing ruckus, causing violence.  The community will push back and we’re going to support the Sheriff and their use of force to remove these people from our cities because they are a danger,” warned Mr. Collins, in reference to outsiders who bring calamity and lawlessness to their neighborhood.  “I support the law enforcement, we support the law enforcement.  And, how we say in our streets, ‘That’s what they get.’”

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Sheriff Alex Villanueva Presides Over Graduation Ceremonies of Deputy Academy Class #447

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Presides Over Graduation Ceremonies of Deputy Academy Class #447

On Thursday April 23, 2020, a total of the 72 polished recruits lined up at STARS Center, in what would be their final platoon formation as academy classmates.  

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 55 male graduates and their guest.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined on stage by Captain David Povero, Covina Police Department; Chief Carl Povilaitis, Glendale Police Department in presenting the 72 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, Joseph Gonzalez, 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.   Christina Natividad, was honored as Academic Recruit.  This award is earned by the recruit who achieved the highest academic scores.

Academy Class #447 is a largely international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County.  Of the 72 graduating recruits, 2 were born outside the United States in the countries of Mexico and Nicaragua; 4 recruits lived abroad in the countries of Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Philippines; and 38 recruits speak a language other than English, including Armenian Sign Language, Armenian, Korean, and Spanish.
These graduates bring with them a large source of higher education (30), service experience in the armed forces (10), and backgrounds in law enforcement (9), and many come from families with a tradition of serving in law enforcement (18). 

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LASD HOST Hand out ppe to homeless community

Today, Leading by Lt. Deedrick, #LASD Homeless Outreach Service Team and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority visited the homeless community in the San Gabriel Valley area to hand out PPE and hygiene kits.

Lt. Deedrick stated that we will educate everyone we encounter the seriousness of the COVID19 virus and how we could do to prevent from getting it. Part of our role, as deputies, is to model compassion and caring for the community. We will make every effort to slow down the spread of the virus.

LASD wants to thank the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles for the donation of the masks.

Today, Leading by Lt. Deedrick, #LASD LASD Homeless Outreach Services Team and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Los Angeles Homeless Services Authorityvisited the homeless community in the San Gabriel Valley area to hand out PPE and hygiene kits. Lt. Deedrick stated that we will educate everyone we encounter the danger of the COVID19 virus and how we could do to prevent from getting it. Part of our role, as deputies, is to model compassion and caring for the community. We will make every effort to #FlattenTheCurve and slow down the spread of the virus. LASD wants to thank the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles for the donation of the masks.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, April 23, 2020



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Sheriff villanueva’s ktla interview on covid19

Watch Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s interview with KTLA regarding Covid19 and it’s affect on #LASD.  We are working hard and bringing more people in to work to keep the communities we serve safe.

Watch Sheriff Alex Villanueva's interview with @KTLA regarding Covid19 and it’s affect on Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. We are working hard and bringing more people in to work to keep @CountyofLA residents safe.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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Women’s History Month

Today we would like to recognize #LASD Assistant Sheriff Limon, thank you for your hard work and dedication to our Department. #womenshistorymonth

Assistant Sheriff (A/S) Limon graduated from the Academy in 1989 and began her LASD career as a Line Deputy at Sybil Brand Institute for Women. In 1991, she transferred to Transportation Bureau where she was assigned as a bus driver.

In 1995, A/S Limon transferred to Norwalk Station (NWK). During her tenure at NWK, she worked as a Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer and a member of the COPS team. In 1999, A/S Limon promoted to Detective at Major Crimes Bureau, where she worked the Major Crimes Vice & Gaming Unit.

In 2001, A/S Limon was promoted to Sergeant. She served as a Line Sergeant at both North County Correctional Facility and Inmate Reception Center until moving to Pico Rivera Station in 2003 as a Field Sergeant and Watch Sergeant. In 2008, she moved to Emergency Operations Bureau as a Sergeant for the Tactical Planning Unit.

In 2010, A/S Limon promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Men’s Central Jail as the Watch Commander and Risk Management Lieutenant. A/S Limon transferred to Court Services Division where she served as an Area Lieutenant and Operations Lieutenant for Court Services East Bureau and an Area Lieutenant for Central Bureau. In 2015, A/S Limon returned to NWK station. While assigned there, A/S Limon served as a Watch Commander and the Whittier Service Area Lieutenant.

In December 2018, she was selected by Sheriff Alex Villanueva and promoted to the rank of Chief, where she was charged with overseeing Court Services Division. In early 2019 she promoted again, to the rank of Assistant Sheriff. In her current role, she oversees Countywide Operations, which includes Court Services, Special Operations, Countywide Services, Technology & Support Division, and Detective Division.

A/S Limon has received numerous awards and commendations over her career for her dedication to the Department and hard work displayed in the communities of Los Angeles County.


A/S Limon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Whittier College and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Management from California State University, Long Beach.