Policy Regarding Immigration Inquiries and Notification

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Policy Regarding Immigration Inquiries and Notification

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Policy Regarding Immigration Inquiries and Notification

This policy is intended to reassure immigrant communities that there is no need to fear contact with the Sheriff’s Department.  Policy Section 05-09/271.00 “Immigration Inquires and Notifications.”

  • Department members shall investigate criminal activity without regard for an individual’s legal status.
  • Department members shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the individual’s immigration status.
  • Deputies shall not arrest an individual on suspicion of violating a federal immigration law relating to illegal entry, being unlawfully present, or overstaying a visa.
  • Department members shall not inquire about an individual’s immigration status.
  • If a victim’s, witness’ or offender’s immigration status is discovered during an investigation, deputies shall not forward that information to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • Department members shall not use an immigration authority as an interpreter.
  • For additional policy information visit www.lasd.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be deported by LASD during a routine traffic stop or call for help?
Answer: No.  The Sheriff’s Department does not enforce federal immigration laws.
Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are prohibited from asking about a person’s immigration status during routine traffic stops or calls for service.

If a deputy discovers I’m an undocumented immigrant, will the deputy arrest me for a violation of a federal immigration law?
Answer: No.  Sheriff’s Department policy prohibits deputies from arresting or booking an individual on suspicion of violating federal immigration laws.

Can I be deported by LASD if I report a crime or call for help?
Answer: No.  The mission of the Sheriff’s Department is to investigate crimes that have occurred, regardless of a victim’s or offender’s immigration status.  When receiving a call for service, the focus of the Sheriff’s Department is helping victims and witnesses, not enforcing federal immigration laws.  If a victim’s or a witness’ immigration status is discovered during an investigation, Department personnel are prohibited by policy from notifying ICE of the person’s immigration status.

What happens to a Deputy who asks about my immigration status?
Answer: A deputy sheriff who inappropriately inquiries about immigration status is subject to administrative discipline.

Does the Sheriff’s Department assist ICE with immigration enforcement operations?
Answer: No.  The Sheriff’s Department does not participate in or assist ICE with immigration enforcement operations.  We may participate in joint federal task force operations with federal immigration authorities only where the purpose of the task force is to investigate violations of local, state, or federal criminal laws.

Guía Informativo Sobre Inmigración

Preguntas Frecuentes
¿Seré deportado por ICE después de haber sido encarcelado por un delito?
Respuesta: Depende.  El gobierno federal tiene acceso a las huellas dactilares de todos los que es­tán encarcelados por todo el país y puede comen­zar procedimientos de deportación. Sin embargo, el LASD solo permite el acceso de ICE a reclusos que han sido condenados por ciertos crímenes, tal como son enumerados en el Proyecto de la Ley 54 del Senado de California (Consulte la sec­ción 7282.5 del Código del Gobierno de Cal.).

¿Cuál es el procedimiento para que una víctima de un delito solicite una “Visa U”?
Respuesta: La persona debe ser víctima de un crimen calificado. En algunos casos, los testigos y / o miembros de familia pueden ser elegibles en solicitar una Visa U. El solicitante o el detective de la estación pueden iniciar la solicitud de la Visa U (Formulario I-918 de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS)). El formulario debe ser llenado y presentado al detective manejando el caso. El detective revisará el expediente y de­terminará si el solicitante fue víctima de un cargo calificado y fue útil en la investigación. La present­ación de cargos penales y un enjuiciamiento crimi­nal no son requisitos para nuestra certificación en la solicitud de una Visa U. Si se cumplen todos los requisitos en la solicitud, la estación o el capitán de la unidad certificarán la solicitud, firmándola en nombre del Alguacil. La copia original es devuelta al solicitante o al defensor. El peticionario enviará todos los documentos aplicables al USCIS.

Para preguntas o quejas por favor llame a la:
Unidad de Información del Alguacil (213) 229-1700
Unidad de Asuntos Internos (800) 698-8255

Les animamos en ponerse en con­tacto con cualquier estación local del Alguacil para ob­tener respuestas a cualquier pregunta adicional o si tiene una preocupación.

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.