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Sheriff outlines Challenges in Custody amid COVID 19

Sheriff Villanueva Outlines Challenges in Custody Environment Amid COVID-19

Sheriff Villanueva Outlines Challenges in Custody Environment Amid COVID-19

Since realizing COVID-19 was underway, headed into our lives, facilities, jails, and daily operations, Sheriff Alex Villanueva directed Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employees to take precautionary measures for everyone’s protection, including those in our custody environment.Today, Sheriff Villanueva spoke about a dangerous trend in our jail system: Inmates deliberately trying to catch COVID-19, in hopes of early release. Watch the news conference to see Sheriff Villanueva discuss this new plot, and see inmates pass around protective equipment and cups, all in hopes of catching this disease.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Monday, May 11, 2020

Since realizing COVID-19 was underway, headed into our lives, facilities, jails, and daily operations, Sheriff Alex Villanueva directed Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employees to take precautionary measures for everyone’s protection.
 
Custody is a particularly unique environment in which to take these kinds of measures.  Nevertheless, with a lot of consideration, new protocols, and collaboration with medical staff, we got it done.  On Monday, May 11, 2020, during one of his virtual weekly press conferences conducted at the Sherman Block Building in Monterey Park, Sheriff Alex Villanueva outlined measures used to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our jail system.

Unfortunately, through video surveillance, it was determined a group of inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center-North County Correctional Facility deliberately attempted to infect themselves with COVID-19.  Multiple men were seen sipping from a single bottle of hot water for two reasons:  To falsely elevate their oral temperature moments before having their temperature taken by a nurse, and to spread the potential of infection.  The bottle and a secondary cup of hot water were passed among the men inside of a day room, which is a common area next to a housing area with beds, akin to the living room of a house or apartment. There was plenty of space in which to observe physical distancing, however, the men chose to interact close to each other, making their intentions obvious.  

As a direct result of the behavior seen in the video, 21 men tested positive for COVID-19 within a week.  A gross misunderstanding among the inmate population led many to believe that those diagnosed with COVID-19 may be released, which is untrue.  Current numbers show there were a total of 4,590 inmates quarantined within the Los Angeles County jail system, 317 were isolated. Since the pandemic, we had a total of 222 positives inside the jail, 117 inmates recovered and 18 inmates released from custody after testing positive for COVID-19, but prior to meeting CDC standards for being considered fully recovered.

The Sheriff did everything possible to protect those entrusted to the care of the Department through modifying bail and booking dollar amounts, reducing our inmate population by more than 5,000 bodies, ordering COVID-19 screening at booking areas, having both staff and inmates educated about the dangers and preventative practices, directed custody personnel to implement and conduct quarantine and isolation measures, making personal protective equipment available to everyone inside our facilities, and, on Sunday, May 3, 2020, enacting a new procedure for the testing of COVID-19 for all inmates entering the jail system.  So far, 682 were tested, of which 16 met with positive results.  “We’ve done everything within our power to reduce or prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our jail system,” said Sheriff Villanueva.  

In addition, there were 320 LASD personnel quarantined, in total, comprised of 227 sworn and 93 professional staff throughout the Department. Of those quarantined, 107 tested positive; 71 of them sworn and 36 of them professional staff. Fortunately, 927 employees returned to work, 612 of them sworn, and 315 of them professional staff.  

The Sheriff outlined the decline of violent crimes, in general, by nine percent, with criminal homicides rising seven percent and rape reporting down by 29%. Property crime reduced by seven percent, and since Sunday, March 29, 2020, there were four COVID-19-related arrests and 65 citations.

If you have concerns regarding the above, share your voice.  You may contact your Board of Supervisors at the below:
 County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors

Hilda L. Solis
Supervisor, First District
Phone: (213) 974-4111
FirstDistrict@bos.lacounty.gov

Mark Ridley-Thomas
Supervisor, Second District
Phone: (213) 974-2222
MarkRidley-Thomas@bos.lacounty.gov

Sheila Kuehl
Supervisor, Third District
Phone: (213) 974-3333
Sheila@bos.lacounty.gov

Janice Hahn
Supervisor, Fourth District
Phone: (213) 974-4444
FourthDistrict@bos.lacounty.gov

Kathryn Barger – CHAIR
Supervisor, Fifth District
Phone: (213) 974-5555
kathryn@bos.lacounty.gov

Not sure who your Supervisor is?  Click Link to Find Out: http://bos.lacounty.gov/About-Us/Board-of-Supervisors

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Innovation and Fiscal Responsibility, in the Face of COVID-19

Innovation and Fiscal Responsibility, in the Face of COVID-19

During a virtual press conference given Monday, April 27, 2020, Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined by Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Service; Chief Daryl Osby, Los Angeles County Fire Department; Captain Chris Kovac, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department-Custody Support Services; and Director Wesley Grose, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department-Scientific Services Bureau. 

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Speaking at a podium infront of thousands of masks inside a decontamination Center.

The event was held at the COVID-19 Regional Decontamination Center, located at the first Los Angeles County custody facility built in 1963 specifically for women and named for philanthropist and women’s rights advocate, Sybil Brand.  The Sybil Brand Institute, located in East Los Angeles, was innovative for its time and continues to be so, in contemporary times, as well.

Front of the Regional Decontamination Center. Masks sit infront of a large window, viewable from the courtyard.

Sheriff Villanueva began the conference with a reminder to continue practicing physical distancing protocols, then outlined the reflection of lowered percentages in crime statistics calculated during the COVID-19 quarantine, as compared to last year.

Because medical and public safety personnel often find themselves in positions and situations with a greater potential for exposure to COVID-19, Sheriff Villanueva collaborated with some of our county partners to create a decontamination center, from which they spoke.  Captain Kovac recognized the need for such a place, in light of a world shortage of N95 masks and gowns, and counterfeit products.  He questioned if it were possible to sanitize and reuse the personal protective equipment we already have.  Research identified a process called Hydrogen Peroxide Vaporization, which could make cleaning and reuse of the equipment possible, and extend the life of our inventory, as well as our budget.  “Innovation and fiscal responsibility,” said the Sheriff, is what we must practice.

The four-step cleaning process is conducted inside of a decontamination chamber the size of a small dishwasher.  It dispenses a mist of vaporized hydrogen peroxide over the masks, eliminating 99.9% of all pathogens within a few hours, without removing any of its protective properties.  A system of conditioning, gassing, dwell time, and aeration give new life to used personal protective equipment, with water and oxygen as its only byproducts.

The process was vetted by numerous studies, cited by the Centers for Disease Control, and is in motion within Los Angeles County now.  It will take place around the clock and is expected to sanitize more than 30,000 masks per day.  The LASD will manage the program with our stakeholders and county partners, allowing front line workers across the board to reuse the same N95 mask up to 20 times.

Thousands of facemask haning on racks inside the decontamination center.

With prices for N95 masks fluctuating between $3.75 and $12.74 per piece, the economic impact of extending the value and life of our equipment, as opposed to additional purchasing, will certainly benefit all county agencies across the board, and ultimately save tens of millions of dollars.  Decontamination costs pennies on the dollar, as opposed to the cost of continuously replenishing stock.  For example, the cost of 250,000 masks at $3.75 per piece is $937,000; a $50,000 cost of putting them through 20 decontamination cycles makes their adjusted total purchase cost $987,5000.  In an estimation of five million masks needed to get us through the pandemic, the savings on decontamination versus purchasing five million more new pieces would lead to a $17,762,000 savings.  If the five million pieces went through 50 decontamination cycles, this would lead to a staggering $18,325,000 in savings.

The equipment used in the cleaning process was generously provided by the University of California-Los Angeles.  Their dedication to helping others was articulated in a statement:  “Just as others have supported UCLA’s front-line health care workers, UCLA is pleased to support the Sheriff’s Department in its important effort to establish a decontamination center for N95 masks used by first responders.  UCLA is honored to make available hydrogen peroxide fogging equipment used to clean many of our research labs now idled for safety reasons because of the pandemic. We are all in this together, helping our community in a time of need.  #TeamLA”

Sheriff Villanueva standing inside the center with staff among hanging masks.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “Our medical and public safety personnel place themselves in positions where the potential for catching COVID-19 is greater.  It is our role as public safety leaders to do everything we can to provide our personnel with the equipment they need to do their jobs.  This center will decontaminate masks around the clock.  It is our expectation the center will decontaminate over 30,000 masks per day, ensuring first responders have access to what they need to protect others.”

The Sheriff also addressed the decrease of crime in the county.  Violent crimes in general are down by 11%, criminal homicide by 24%, rape reporting by 33%, property crime by 9%, as well as calls for service.  There were three COVID -19-related arrests and 41 citations issued since Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Personnel, of course, are also part of the communities we serve and reflect the numbers of those physically affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  There were 167 sworn and 83 professional staff quarantined, 61 of whom tested positive for the affliction, and 754 who returned to work.

The inmate population is vulnerable to the daily movement and fluctuations within it, and it is under constant, protective supervision to preserve balance.  The quarantine of inmates is still taking place, always on the side of caution.  Whenever someone is identified as displaying symptoms, the entire dormitory is quarantined.  This may cause numbers to fluctuate, however, it is conducted simply as a preventative measure.  So far, 2,563 inmates were quarantined and 71 were isolated to prevent the perpetuation of disease further, among both population and staff.  Of the 123 who tested positive, 31 are fully recovered.

PRESS CONFERENCE: Sheriff Alex Villanueva Provides LASD Status Update in the Face of COVID-19. 04/27/2020

PRESS CONFERENCE: Sheriff Alex Villanueva Provides LASD Status Update in the Face of COVID-19.04/27/2020

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Monday, April 27, 2020
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Sheriff Updates

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Provides Information and Updates Related to the Emergency Operations Center, COVID-19 Scams, and L.A. County Board Motion to Remove Him as Emergency Operations Director

Sheriff Alex Villanueva Provides Information and Updates Related to the Emergency Operations Center, COVID-19 Scams, and L.A. County Board Motion to Remove Him as Emergency Operations Director

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Coronavirus Text and Phone Scams

Watch For Coronavirus Text, and Phone Scams


Tips from #LASD for Stimulus Check Package Scams

1. The government will not ask you to pay any fees or up front charges to receive these benefits.

2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.⁣

3. Issuing of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.⁣

4. Remember, government agencies do not communicate through social media. Be wary of unsolicited messages.

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East L.A. Sheriff’s Station Adapting to “Coronavirus”

East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station Adapting to “Coronavirus”

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Much like the entire world, the East Los Angeles Station is adapting to the challenges presented as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  It is paramount that during these harsh conditions, we strengthen the lines of communications with the communities we serve.  To this end, please know we have NOT curtailed our deployment and will continue to respond to ALL law enforcement related activities in our community.  This crisis is rapidly evolving, and the Sheriff’s Department is adapting in real time and working together with all of our partners in an effort to maintain the field staffing levels. We want it to be perfectly clear that our communities are our priority, and we will carry on our public safety mission.

We have begun the process of preparing this station for various scenarios by equipping our staff with personal protective gear and keeping them informed. Our station personnel has been fully briefed on the Coronavirus symptoms and potential issues which might arise as we continue to respond to calls for service.  We are committed to taking the necessary precautions when dealing with the public.  As previously mentioned, we will continue to respond to all calls and will assess the deployment of personnel on a day-to-day basis.   

It is our mission and goal to continue to provide the highest level of service, while preserving the safety and health of our communities.  Based on logical precautions, we have modified some procedures to limit exposure of the public and our employees by limiting unnecessary public contact.  Keeping in mind the health and safety of our communities, we are adhering to the following necessary precautions:
 

  • For limited non-emergency crime reporting, we may accept and document some crime reports via telephone rather than in person. 
  • Our station lobby will remain open for limited purposes, however, we encourage residents to call ahead at (323) 264-4151 in order to determine if we can serve your needs without requiring a visit to our station lobby. 
  • For the remainder of March and with the exception of mandatory and/or emergent situations, we are limiting the station’s lobby traffic in order to protect the health of the public and our station personnel.
  • The following restrictions do NOT apply to lobby traffic:
  • Regularly scheduled child-custody exchanges
  • Individuals who are required by law to check in with law enforcement for compliance to terms of release.
  • Situations in which a law enforcement presence is needed to immediately protect life, safety and/or property.
  • Mandatory visits for payment of fees or collection of property.

If you request a call for service to report criminal activity, to file a report, to obtain a copy of a report, and/or have questions of a law enforcement matter, please call our station at (323) 264-4151.  If you are experiencing an emergency please call 9-1-1.  When placing your call for service, if you are experiencing flu-like or Coronavirus symptoms, such as cough, fever and/or shortness of breath, please notify the operator when placing the call for service.  This will allow our first responders to take any needed personal safety precautions prior to our arrival, and further enhance your safety and health.

Limited police reports can be made online by visiting our LASD website at  http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx.  If applicable, we encourage our residents to take advantage of this service.  The following reports can be made with our online service:

  • Lost or stolen cell phones valued at $950 or less
  • Lost or stolen property valued at $950 or less
  • Vandalism, excluding graffiti, where damage is valued under $400
  • Theft of items from an unlocked vehicle valued at $950 or less
  • Theft of items from an open or unsecured area valued at $950 or less
  • Supplemental Loss Form to document items taken in a burglary or similar theft (must already have a LASD report number

For updates and resources regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019, please visit the California Department of Public Health website at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx.

While we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, your East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station personnel are committed to the safety and well-being of our citizens and dedicated to maintaining the superior service everyone has come to expect from our personnel. Help us protect ourselves, so we can protect you! 

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Al igual que en todo el mundo, la Estación Este de Los Angeles se está adaptando a los desafíos presentados como resultado de la pandemia de Coronavirus (COVID-19). Es primordial que durante estas duras condiciones, fortalezcamos las líneas de comunicación con las comunidades a las que servimos.  Esta crisis está evolucionando rápidamente, y el Departamento del Sheriff se está adaptando en tiempo real y trabajando junto con todos nuestros socios en un esfuerzo por mantener los niveles de personal sobre el terreno. Queremos que quede perfectamente claro que nuestras comunidades son nuestra prioridad, y continuaremos con nuestra misión de seguridad pública.

Hemos comenzado el proceso de preparación de esta estación para diversos escenarios equipando a nuestro personal con equipo de protección personal y manteniéndolos informados. Nuestro personal de la estación ha sido completamente informado sobre los síntomas del coronavirus y los posibles problemas que podrían surgir a medida que continuamos respondiendo a las llamadas de servicio.  Nos comprometemos a tomar las precauciones necesarias al tratar con el público.  Como se mencionó anteriormente, seguiremos respondiendo a todas las llamadas y evaluaremos el despliegue de personal en el día a día.

Nuestra misión y objetivo es continuar proporcionando el más alto nivel de servicio, preservando al mismo tiempo la seguridad y la salud de nuestras comunidades.  Basándonos en precauciones lógicas, hemos modificado algunos procedimientos para limitar la exposición del público y nuestros empleados al limitar el contacto público innecesario.  Teniendo en cuenta la salud y la seguridad de nuestras comunidades, nos adherimos a las siguientes precauciones necesarias:

  • Para informes limitados de delitos que no sean de emergencia, podemos aceptar y documentar algunos informes de delitos por teléfono en lugar de en persona.
  • Nuestro vestíbulo de la estación permanecerá abierto para propósitos limitados, sin embargo, alentamos a los residentes a llamar con anticipación al (323) 264-4151 para determinar si podemos satisfacer sus necesidades sin necesidad de una visita al vestíbulo de nuestra estación.
  • Para el resto de marzo y con excepción de las situaciones obligatorias y/o emergentes, estamos limitando el tráfico del vestíbulo de la estación con el fin de proteger la salud del público y nuestros personal de la estación.
  • Las siguientes restricciones no se aplican al tráfico del vestíbulo:
  • Intercambios de custodia de niños programados regularmente
  • Individuos que están obligados por ley a verificar con las fuerzas del orden público el cumplimiento de los términos de la liberación.
  • Situaciones en las que es necesaria una presencia aplicación de la ley de protección a la vida de inmediato, la seguridad y / o propiedad.
  • Visitas obligatorias para el pago de tarifas o cobro de bienes.

Si solicita una llamada de servicio para denunciar actividades delictivas, presentar un informe, obtener una copia de un informe y / o si tiene preguntas sobre un asunto de aplicación de la ley, llame a nuestra estación al (323) 264-4151. Si tiene una emergencia, llame al 9-1-1. Al realizar una llamada de servicio, si experimenta síntomas similares a los de la gripe o el coronavirus, como tos, fiebre y / o falta de aire, notifique al operador cuando realice la llamada de servicio. Esto permitirá a nuestros socorristas tomar las precauciones de seguridad personal necesarias antes de nuestra llegada y mejorar aún más su seguridad y salud.

Los informes policiales limitados se pueden hacer en línea visitando nuestro sitio web LASD en http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx.  Si corresponde, alentamos a nuestros residentes a aprovechar este servicio. Los siguientes informes se pueden hacer con nuestro servicio en línea:

  • Celulares perdidos o robados valorados en $ 950 o menos
  • Propiedad perdida o robada valorada en $ 950 o menos
  • Vandalismo, excluyendo graffiti, donde el daño está valorado en menos de $ 400
  • Robo de artículos de un vehículo desbloqueado valorado en $ 950 o menos
  • Robo de artículos de un área abierta o no segura valorada en $ 950 o menos
  • Formulario de pérdida suplementaria para documentar artículos tomados en un robo o robo similar (ya debe tener un número de informe LASD)

Para obtener actualizaciones y recursos sobre la enfermedad de Coronavirus 2019, visite el sitio web del Departamento de Salud Pública de California en https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx.

Nos disculpamos de antemano por cualquier inconveniente que esto pueda causar, el personal de la estación del Sheriff de East Los Angeles está comprometido con la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros ciudadanos y está dedicado a mantener el servicio superior que todos esperan de nuestro personal. ¡Ayúdanos a protegernos para que podamos protegerte!

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SEVERAL LASD EMPLOYEES CAME IN CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.  WHAT’S THE LATEST?

  • WE HAVE PERSONNEL FROM WALNUT/DIAMOND BAR, SANTA CLARITA VALLEY AND MALIBU/LOST HILLS STATIONS, AND THE TRANSIT SERVICES BUREAU, WHO WERE EITHER EXPOSED OR POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS WHILE ON-DUTY.  ALTHOUGH THEY WERE ASYMPTOMATIC, IT WAS OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION THEY WERE SENT HOME TO SELF-QUARANTINE AND SELF-MONITOR, AS OUTLINED BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION. 
  • AS OF TODAY, TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH, 2020, THERE ARE 43 EMPLOYEES WHO ARE SELF-QUARANTINED; 21 OF THEM ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED ON-DUTY; SEVEN OF THE 21 TESTED RETURNED WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS AND WENT BACK TO WORK; 14 DID NOT FIT THE CRITERIA TO BE TESTED; THREE ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH A CONFIRMED COVID-19 PATIENT.  OF THE THREE DEPUTIES, TWO RETURNED TO WORK AFTER TESTING NEGATIVE AND ONE TEST IS PENDING. 
  • 22 OF THE 43 EMPLOYEES ARE SELF-QUARANTINED.  OF THESE 22 PEOPLE, 15 ARE SWORN AND SEVEN ARE NON-SWORN.
  • WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERS TO ASSESS IF COVID-19 TESTING OF DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL IS REQUIRED.  IN THE MEANTIME, WE ARE MONITORING PERSONNEL FOR SYMPTOMS AND ENCOURAGING STAFF TO WEAR THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WE ISSUED AND TO STAY HOME IF THEY FEEL ILL.
  • AS THE COVID-19 VIRUS PROGRESSES, THERE WILL CERTAINLY BE MORE AND MORE EXPOSURE, ON AND OFF DUTY.  MANY PERSONNEL ON OUR DEPARTMENT ARE MARRIED TO OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS, WHO ARE ALSO AT RISK OF EXPOSURE.  WHEN THEY COME HOME, THEY TAKE THEIR WORK WITH THEM, SO TO SPEAK. 
  • CERTAINLY, WE CARE ABOUT THE PUBLIC WE SERVE AND WANT TO PROVIDE THE MOST PROFESSIONAL SERVICE WE CAN.  PART OF THIS IS ENSURING THAT WE NOT ONLY REMAIN HEALTHY, BUT THAT WE DON’T PRESENT A RISK OF CARRYING AN EXPOSURE, FROM ONE SERVICE CALL TO THE NEXT, OR BRING IT HOME. 
  • WE ASK THAT IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A NON-EMERGENT POLICE REPORT, VISIT OUR LASD.ORG WEBSITE (http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx) AND FIRST DETERMINE IF YOUR INCIDENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR FILING ONLINE.  YOU CAN ALSO CALL YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO SEE IF THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS TO REPORTING NON-EMERGENT INCIDENTS, SUCH AS LOST OR STOLEN PROPERTIES, AND THEFTS OR VANDALISMS UNDER CERTAIN DOLLAR AMOUNTS.
  • IF YOU HAVE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CHILD CUSTODY EXCHANGES OR ARE OBLIGATED TO VISIT FOR A COMPLIANCE CHECK-IN, CALL AHEAD OF TIME, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, FEVER OR RESPIRATORY ILLNESS, SO DEPUTIES CAN TAKE PRECAUTIONS.
  • AND OF COURSE, IF THERE IS A SITUATION IN WHICH A LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE IS NEEDED TO IMMEDIATELY PROTECT LIFE, SAFETY OR PROPERTY, CALL 9-1-1.  IF THERE IS SOMEONE AT THE LOCATION OR AN INVOLVED PARTY WHO IS EITHER DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 VIRUS OR DISPLAYING SIGNS OF IT, PLEASE TELL THE DISPATCHER AT THE TIME OF YOUR CALL.

WHAT IS BEING DONE TO CUT THE JAIL POPULATION TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS?

  • THE HEALTH OF OUR CUSTODY ENVIRONMENT IS CERTAINLY VULNERABLE TO WHAT COMES INTO IT, AND IS DEFINITELY ONE WE HAVE TO VIGILANTLY PROTECT.
  • LA SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA RAISED THE AGGREGATE BAIL AMOUNT FOR BOOKING INMATES FROM $25,000 TO $50,000, WHICH ALLOWS MORE PEOPLE TO RECEIVE CITATIONS, RATHER THAN GET BOOKED INTO CUSTODY.  THIS REDUCES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ENTERING OUR JAIL FACILITIES, THEREFORE REDUCING THE CHANCES OF VIRUS BEING INTRODUCED INTO THAT ENVIRONMENT.
  • OUT OF THE 16,459 INMATES IN YESTERDAY’S MORNING COUNT, THERE WERE ZERO CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS.  NINE INMATES ARE IN ISOLATION HOUSING, 21 INMATES ARE IN QUARANTINE AT MEN’S CENTRAL JAIL, AND FIVE INMATES ARE IN QUARANTINE AT TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.
  • WE INCREASED THE STRINGENCY OF OUR SCREENING PROCEDURES AND ARE DOING TEMPERATURE SCANNING OF EVERYONE WHO ENTERS OUR CUSTODY FACILITIES TO HELP MAKE SURE THAT SOMEONE WHO IS POTENTIALLY INFECTED DOES NOT EXPOSE THE REST OF THE POPULATION.
  • PUBLIC VISITING WAS SUSPENDED, TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT OUR JAIL FACILITIES, AND THEREFORE REDUCE THE NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES OF THE VIRUS TO BE INTRODUCED.

WHAT ABOUT PANIC-BUYING?  HOW IS THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WORKING TO KEEP THINGS UNDER CONTROL AT LOCAL GROCERY STORES?

  • ALL PATROL STATIONS AND FRONT LINE COMMAND WILL REMAIN OPEN AND OPERATIONAL. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO MAINTAIN OUR PRIMARY MISSION OF PUBLIC SAFETY, RESPONDING TO CALLS FOR SERVICE MAINTAINING ORDER, AND ASSISTING THE PUBLIC, AS NEEDED.  THIS INCLUDES REMAINING OPEN FOR BUSINESS 24 HOURS A DAY.
  • STAFF VACATIONS WERE CANCELLED THROUGH THE END OF APRIL, TO ENSURE MORE PERSONNEL ARE ON-HAND, AND THOSE WORKING NON-ESSENTIAL ASSIGNMENTS CAN BE TEMPORARILY MOVED TO CUSTODY OR PATROL ASSIGNMENTS TO OFFSET AND AUGMENT MANPOWER SHORTAGES. 
  • WE INCREASED OUR PRESENCE IN THE FIELD BY DEPLOYING THOSE NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL FROM OUR DETECTIVE BUREAU TO VARIOUS PATROL STATIONS.  THIS IS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IN GROCERY STORES, COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSES AND SHOPPING CENTERS; THE MERE PRESENCE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL SHOULD BE A DETERRENT OF CRIME, AND WE WANT STAFF THERE, JUST IN CASE THERE IS SOME SORT OF CONFLICT.
  • THESE TYPES OF SUPPLEMENTAL DEPLOYMENTS ASSIST WITH INCIDENTS RELATED TO PANIC-BUYING, WHILE ENSURING A STEADY COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND LOCAL BUSINESSES.   IT ALSO ENSURES THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF SERVICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY.  THESE DEPLOYMENTS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL I DEEM THEM UNNECESSARY.
  • IF EVERYONE REMAINS CIVIL, COMPOSED AND CALM, SHOPPING FOR EVERYDAY ITEMS CAN BE SUSTAINABLE.

HOW MANY INMATES WERE IN TODAY’S (TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020) COUNT?

  • 16,427

HOW MANY INMATES WERE CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19?

  • *ZERO.  LA COUNTY JAILS HAVE NO CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID- 19.

HOW MANY INMATES ARE IN ISOLATION HOUSING AND AT WHICH FACILITIES?

  • 10 HOUSED AT THE CORRECTIONAL TREATMENT CENTER (CTC) AT TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

Below are the LASD educational programs that are continuing.  Some of our programs have been cancelled at the direction of our educational providers

CTE stands for Career Technical Education. 

South – CTE, Life Skills, and College of the Canyons continuing– no high school classes

NCCF – CTE, Life Skills and College of the Canyons continuing – no high school classes

North – Life Skills continuing– no high school

MCJ – CTE only – no high school

CRDF – Gender Responsive classes continuing – no high school

TTCF – no classes

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Sheriff elevates the response readiness level for County Emergency Operations Center

Sheriff elevates the response readiness level for County Emergency Operations Center in response for CoVid-19

As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the safety and security of all residents is Sheriff Villanueva's top priority. As the County's top law enforcement official, the Sheriff is designated as the Director of the Emergency Operation's Center for the County of Los Angeles. Today, Sheriff Villanueva, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, toured the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure the County was ready to manage the health and safety of its residents. The Operations Center, generally staffed by the Sheriff's Department and the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, houses the tools and resources needed for all County departments to coordinate their disaster and recovery efforts, ensuring continuity in response to county-wide emergencies. During these declared emergencies, County Departments send representatives to the Emergency Operations Center to begin planning efforts to support those county residents who are affected.Due to the emerging needs of the County and in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Sheriff elevated the response level from level 2 (minimal staffing by county department to provide for centralized emergency management) to a level 1, (Full staffing of the Emergency Operations Center to support centralized emergency management during a proclaimed local emergency). Since this COVID-19 is a health-driven event, the Office of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Management are the lead agencies. However, The Sheriff's Department will allocate management resources to garner all available resources better to support them. The Department is Staffing our Operation's Center 24 hours a day. It will provide a Division Chief for the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure proper management of resources and shared information across the County of Los Angeles. Sheriff Villanueva added, "It's not about being scared; it's about being prepared."LASD remains dedicated to working with all County of LA Leaders and Officials to combat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, March 12, 2020

SHERIFF ELEVATES THE RESPONSE READINESS LEVEL FOR COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER For covid-19

As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the safety and security of all residents is Sheriff Villanueva’s top priority. As the County’s top law enforcement official, the Sheriff is designated as the Director of the Emergency Operation’s Center for the County of Los Angeles. Today, Sheriff Villanueva, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, toured the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure the County was ready to manage the health and safety of its residents.

The Operations Center, generally staffed by the Sheriff’s Department and the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, houses the tools and resources needed for all County departments to coordinate their disaster and recovery efforts, ensuring continuity in response to county-wide emergencies.

During these declared emergencies, County Departments send representatives to the Emergency Operations Center to begin planning efforts to support those county residents who are affected.
Due to the emerging needs of the County and in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Sheriff elevated the response level from level 2 (minimal staffing by county department to provide for centralized emergency management) to a level 1, (Full staffing of the Emergency Operations Center to support centralized emergency management during a proclaimed local emergency).

Since this COVID-19 is a health-driven event, the Office of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Management are the lead agencies.

However, The Sheriff’s Department will allocate management resources to garner all available resources better to support them. The Department is Staffing our Operation’s Center 24 hours a day. It will provide a Division Chief for the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure proper management of resources and shared information across the County of Los Angeles.

Sheriff Villanueva added, “It’s not about being scared; it’s about being prepared.”

LASD remains dedicated to working with all County of LA Leaders and Officials to combat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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LASD CUSTODY OPERATIONS WORKING WITH DPH AND CHS TO PREPARE FOR 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

As 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world and new cases are being reported throughout the United States, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Custody Services Division (LASD) has been working diligently with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services – Correctional Health Services (CHS) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) to prepare.

Although we do not currently have any inmates in our custody who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, LASD and CHS continue to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to assess and monitor inmates in our custody, as well as newly arriving inmates, for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and will arrange for quarantine as necessary. 

If an inmate meets the criteria of a suspected coronavirus patient, the inmate will be placed in isolation and staff will follow proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines. A surgical mask will be placed on the inmate patient who will be isolated in separate housing, away from general population housing.  If that inmate is confirmed to have COVID-19, they will be re-housed in the medical ward of the jail.  Proper PPE procedures for Department members and staff include safety eye goggles, an N-95 mask, disposable gloves, and a disposable gown.

Currently, Inmates who are scheduled to be released from custody will not be impacted; however, if the county jail system begins to see cases of COVID-19 within its housing locations, those housed in quarantined areas will go through a release protocol monitored by the Department of Public Health.  The Department of Public Health will additionally monitor them after their release from custody.  

The Department is working with the Superior Court of California-County of Los Angeles on a plan to minimize the impact on court proceedings for those who are quarantined if such need occurs.  Inmates will still have access to contact their attorneys.

Monitoring and potential quarantine procedures will remain in place until CHS and DPH officials determine it is safe to return to normal operations. 

To identify if your loved one is housed in a quarantined area, please visit the www.lasd.org and schedule a visit with your loved one.  If a pop-up message is displayed that your loved one is in an affected area, he/she is under observation (quarantine) until further notice. 

—— Information about COVID-19 ——

According to the Department of Public Health, COVID-19 is a contagious disease caused by a virus.  Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets produced through coughing and sneezing, close personal contact with an infected person, and on rare occasions from infected objects or surfaces.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit:  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/#

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LASD Executive Coronavirus Briefing and Planning Meeting

On March 11, 2020, Sheriff Villanueva and the Department's executive team met at the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center to discuss the Department's response to, and plan for, the potential spread of Covid-19 through the County of Los Angeles. The executive team toured the Emergency Operations Center and was briefed by the Department's tactical planning experts which are assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau. Response readiness plans as well as equipment and resource needs were discussed in an effort to better prepare the Sheriff's Department to respond to any request if needed. Currently the Sheriff's Department is working with the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Health Services, the Correctional Health Services unit, and various other County/City agencies to ensure we are all ready for a county-wide response.To read more, please visit: https://lasd.org/sheriff-statement-corona-virus/ or https://lasd.org/coronavirus-update/, and http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/#

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Earlier today the Board of Supervisors declared a local public health emergency in the County of Los Angeles, in response to the novel coronavirus.  Although this declaration is precautionary, I want to assure the residents of this great county your Sheriff’s Department is prepared to keep residents safe.

The Sheriff’s Operation Center is staffed 24 hours a day with personnel continuously and vigilantly monitoring the needs for resources across Los Angeles County.  Our Emergency Operations Bureau is co-located and in constant communication with the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management to ensure we are ready for a county-wide response, if needed. 

We are collaborating with personnel from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Correctional Health Services unit, to ensure adequate resources are available to respond to any potential outbreak, not only for the public, but for those incarcerated in our jail system, as well. 

I want to assure the public we will do everything in our power to keep our residents safe. But it doesn’t just stop there; I urge you to take precautionary measures, to help ensure your own safety.

The Department of Public Health recommends the following to protect ourselves against respiratory illnesses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds at a time,with soap and water. Do this especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular, household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Face masks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.
  • Get immunized to prevent influenza, if you have not already done so this season.

As the Department of Public Health mentioned, please continue to offer welcoming environments for ALL members of our community.  Neither the California State Public Health Department nor Los Angeles County Public Health recommend that any regularly-scheduled events be canceled due to novel corona virus.  There is no community spread of the novel corona virus in the United States at this time, and the risk to the general public remains low. 

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.