Sheriff Presides over Deputy Academy Class 444

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On Thursday February 6, 2020, a total of the 79 polished recruits lined up at the East Los Angeles College, Ingalls Auditorium, 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 12 female and 67 male graduates and their guest.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined on stage by Assistant Sheriff Bruce Chase, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Chief George Mueller, California Department of Insurance; Assistant Chief Ronald Iizuka, Culver City Police Department; Chief Mark Fronterotta, Inglewood Police Department; Chief John Incontro, San Marino Police Department in presenting the 79 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, Noah A. Oliver, Inglewood Police 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.   Juan Fernando Portillo, LASD, 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 College of the Canyons Training Academy, brings together a collection of unique aspects, qualities and experiences. Academy Class #444 is a largely international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County.  Of the 79 graduating recruits, 12 were born outside the United States in the countries China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines and Vietnam; 13 recruits lived abroad in the countries of China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Japan, Jamaica, Nigeria, Mexico and Vietnam; and 46 recruits speak a language other than English, including Armenian, Cantonese, Igbo, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

These graduates bring with them a large source of higher education (32), service experience in the armed forces (5), and backgrounds in law enforcement (10), and many come from families with a tradition of serving in law enforcement (17).

Congratulations Academy Class 444!

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.