Minh G. Dinh promoted to Captain

Minh G. Dinh promoted to Captain 457 572 SIB Staff


Minh Dinh is the latest Captain to be promoted under Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s new Captain promotional process.  Captain Dinh, a 33-year veteran of the Department, has been selected to take the helm of the Cerritos Station. 

Captain Dinh graduated from Academy class 239 and spent his first 12 years on the Department as a deputy at Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), Temple Station (TEM), Personnel bureau and Operation Safe Streets before promoting to Detective at COPS Bureau, working on the Asian Crimes Taskforce.

Captain Dinh returned to TEM as a sergeant for five years before promoting to lieutenant and transferring back to MCJ as the Watch Commander.  He also served as a lieutenant at Lakewood Station and Professional Standards Division. 

Captain Dinh has an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources, and a jurist doctorate from Northwestern California University School of Law.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has completed multiple Department leadership courses. 

Captain Dinh has participated in televised Public Safety Announcements promoting child car seat safety, and has appeared on Vietnamese speaking channels to promote general safety awareness.  He was also part of the Department’s security detail for President George W. Bush’s inaugural parade in 2005.

At the age of 14, Captain Dinh came to the United States by himself after spending a year in a Malaysian refugee camp.  He supported himself after graduating high school and decided to join the Department in 1987.  He has been married to retired LASD Lieutenant, Jenny Ha, for 29 years and their adult daughter, Claire, a Fulbright alum, is currently attending Harvard Medical School.  In his free time, Captain Dinh enjoys swimming, reading and bicycling.

The city of Cerritos is located in Southeastern Los Angeles County and has a population of approximately 50,000.  LASD has provided law enforcement services for the city since 1956 and the station is located adjacent to City Hall.  The Department and city government have a strong relationship and are both deeply committed to emphasizing community oriented policing.  

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.