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Centralized LA Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Connects 3 East LA Unsolved Murders, 2 Persons of Interest Sought

On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, Homicide Bureau detectives announced an $80,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the murders of 34 year-old Jesse Avalos, 38 year-old Eduardo Robles and 27 year-old Amanda “Nikki” Lopez, who were killed in East Los Angeles in 2014, 2015 and 2018, respectively. The reward was sponsored by Supervisor Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, First District.

On Monday, February 10, 2014, at approximately 10:50 p.m., Victim Jesse Avalos received a phone call from an acquaintance requesting a jumpstart to his vehicle near the intersection of Telegraph Road and Arizona Avenue in East Los Angeles. Victim Avalos provided the jumpstart approximately 15 minutes later. A few hours later, East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station received a phone call at 3:25 a.m. of an injured person at the 4800 block of Telegraph Road in East Los Angeles. There, deputies found Victim Avalos on the driver’s seat of his blue SUV.  He had sustained numerous gunshot wounds. The hood of his SUV was found open and two suspects were seen around the vehicle.  

On Monday, July 6, 2015, victim Eduardo Robles was involved in a physical altercation on the driveway of a residence on the 4300 block of Eagle Street in East Los Angeles. Victim Robles was visiting, and approximately 15 people were present when the incident occurred. After the fight, the suspect jumped over a wrought iron fence to the street, walked to Victim Robles’ vehicle and punctured the four tires with a sharp object and fled the location. The same suspect returned to the location five minutes later and shot Victim Robles several times in the upper torso. The suspect was picked up by a Hispanic male in his mid to late forties, five feet eight to five feet nine inches tall, heavy set build, in a light green colored vehicle.

On Sunday, April 22, 2018, at approximately 2:40 a.m., the suspect exited the passenger side of a silver PT Cruiser and began searching for Amanda “Nikki” Lopez in a homeless encampment that was situated in a courtyard in front of the East Los Angeles Courthouse. The suspect located Victim Lopez in a tent in front of the field office of First District Supervisor Hilda Solis. The suspect placed a firearm into the tent and fired at Victim Lopez while she slept, striking her in the upper torso, killing her.  

Sheriff’s detectives made a plea to the public, hoping $80,000 will motivate someone to bring that missing piece of the puzzle and bring closure to these families. “We know there were witnesses at every murder,” said Homicide Bureau Captain Joe Mendoza. It was witnesses coupled with surveillance at scenes that allowed a good description of both suspects.

But what led sheriff’s investigators to explore a possible connection in these three murders? Captain Mendoza explained, “One of the things that’s unique about LA County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is that we are centralized and we commonly speak to other investigators about our cases.  So when investigators were comparing notes on cases, they believed they had similar description of the suspects and that’s when they really started to connect the dots. The link was the descriptions of the suspects who were similarly described.”

When the ballistic evidence from the 2014 murder of Victim Avalos was compared to the ballistic evidence from the 2015 murder of Victim Robles, the comparison determined the same handgun was used in both murders.

All three murders occurred within 2.2 miles of each other and within the same general area of East Los Angeles.  Although a motive for the murders was unclear, investigators believe the victims were known to the suspects and were specifically targeted based on their relationships with the suspects.

In the three cases, witnesses describe the main suspect as a Hispanic male with short hair in his late twenties, five feet eight inches tall with a medium build. He has a tattoo on his neck with unknown writing.

The second suspect drives the getaway vehicle and is described as a Hispanic male in his mid to late forties, five feet eight to five feet nine inches tall, heavy set build and possibly with a mustache.

“I speak for my family as well as the other two families. We don’t have closure, we don’t have justice and I’m sure all of these families are still suffering. Please help us, please come forward with any information you may have,” said Victim Avalos’ eldest sister, Maria Orozco.

 “Our brother is truly missed by our family, by his children,” added Victim Avalos weeping sister, Bertha Avalos.

Justice Deputy Esther Lim, representing LA County Board of Supervisor’s Hilda L. Solis said, “Through this $80,000 reward, the county is counting on our residents to help us bring accountability to the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.”

“We’ve had nobody come forward that can really tell us who these suspects are,” said Captain Mendoza. “So we are trying to get them to come forward because we know those witnesses are out there.  And the $80,000 reward may quite possibly help do just that.”

Video of the full press conference:

To view video surveillance of the suspect exit the passenger side of a silver PT Cruiser, search for Victim Amanda “Nikki” Lopez and fire into the tent, click and download here: https://www.lasdvideos.org/mediaportal/lasd-homicide-captain-mendoza-announces-80k-reward-in-three-east-la-unsolved-murders/

If you have information about these senseless murders, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, East Los Angeles Station at (323) 264-4151 or if you prefer to provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile App on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/.

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LASD Announces Arrest in Attempted Murder of Two Young Adults

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Sheriff Alex Villanueva along with Captain Robert Jones from the Operation Safe Streets (OSS) Bureau, announced the arrest of two individuals responsible for the brutal attempted murder of two young male adults.

On Friday, June 18, 2021, at approximately 9:50 p.m. two young males were walking on Raven Lane and Avenue J-4 in the city of Lancaster. As they passed two males, one riding a bicycle and the other one on a skateboard, the suspects began firing towards the victims. The gunmen continued shooting even as one of the victims laid on the pavement in agony and distress as he screamed in pain. The perpetrators continued their way still on the bike and skateboard. The victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds to their backs, torso and legs. Both victims were transported to a local hospital where one remains in critical condition while the other one was released and is recovering at home.

Investigators from the OSS Bureau responded and found approximately 30 expended shell casings at the scene.  They immediately began an exhaustive investigation, executed search warrants at two locations and on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at approximately 9:00 p.m., OSS investigators arrested the suspects connected to the shooting, along with three additional individuals. Several “ghost gun” firearms were also seized from the locations. Ghost guns are virtually untraceable weapons that can be made at home using parts that are legally purchased usually in the internet.

Ghost gun and extended magazine seized from the location.
Ghost gun firearms seized from the location.

The adult suspect is a self-admitted gang member and has an extensive criminal history. He is currently on parole under Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS). Based on current laws, the juvenile was unable to be interviewed by investigators.

“Now it seems like the movement from the District Attorney’s office is ‘Let cuff the cops and release the crooks’ and that whole mentality is making its way onto the streets now where it’s more dangerous for our community members. So we need to definitely rethink what our role is and what reform really means in the criminal justice system and who’s benefitting from this reform…” said Sheriff Villanueva.

Video of the full press conference:

Video of actual incident:

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search warrants lead to 22 arrest in an illegal marijuana/cannabis dispensaries enforcement operation

LASD Narcotics Bureau and Additional Teams Served a 10 Location Search Warrant Operation, East Los Angeles

8 people were arrested for weapon charges, 14 people for possession of cannabis for sale, and approximately 220 lbs of cannabis flower, 215 lbs of cannabis edibles, and 227 lbs of cannabis concentrate were seized yesterday in a multiple location search warrant conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

In addition to the multiple arrests and seizures, 4 guns, 1 rifle, 456 grams of methamphetamine, and 56 grams of fentanyl were seized and approximately $28,000 in U.S. currency were recovered.

On Thursday June 3, 2021 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Bureau with the assistance of Community Partnerships Bureau (COPS), East Los Angeles Station Special Problems Team (SPT), Crime Enforcement Team (CET), Summer Team, Commerce/Maywood Special Assignment Teams, Pico Special Problems Team (PSP) and summer team executed a 10 location search warrant in the East Los Angeles area.

All of the locations were marijuana/cannabis dispensaries operating illegally in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.

This operation is one of the many to come in which the focus is to take illicit and illegal drugs off the street.

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Death of Palmdale Man Ruled a Suicide

Death of Palmdale Man Ruled a Suicide

Press Conference: Sheriff Villanueva and Sheriff’s Officials to Discuss Robert Fuller Death Investigation

Sheriff Villanueva and Sheriff’s officials will further discuss the circumstances surrounding the Robert Fuller death investigation.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Sheriff Alex Villanueva called a press conference today, Thursday, July 9, 2020, to announce the latest findings in the circumstances surrounding the death of Robert Fuller, who was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale.  Mr. Fuller’s body was discovered in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in the 38300 block of 9th Street East, Palmdale.  He was 24 years old.

From the beginning of the investigation, Sheriff Villanueva assured the decedent’s family and the public a thorough and objective investigation would be conducted, with the cooperation of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice Attorney General’s office. 

Commander Chris Marks, who oversees Detective Division and Homicide Bureau, provided a timeline of events in the investigation, the steps detectives took, the information they gathered, and the factual culmination of their results.  Based upon many components of the investigation including:  Evidence collected at the scene, the calculation of physical logistics at the scene, evidence collected at supplemental locations, scientific results, autopsy results, mental health and medical records, clinically-documented statements of suicidal intent made by the patient, information from the family, and the lack of evidence of involvement by a third party, The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner determined that Robert Fuller’s death was a suicide by hanging, and published that report.

The Sheriff offered his condolences to the Fuller family for the loss of their son, and called upon the Board of Supervisors for proper funding of mental health treatment centers, which often run overcrowded, underfunded and without enough resources.

Because of the current civic climate and in the wake of civil unrest across the nation, the manner of Robert Fuller’s death raised many questions.  Many demanded answers right away, however, this type of investigation takes time and methodical, documented processing.  “Because the people are demanding answers immediately,” said Sheriff Villanueva, “doesn’t mean we get to skip processes.”  Skipping steps and rushing to judgement to satisfy outside pressure can easily compromise the truth.  “The only pressure we should satisfy is the truth,” said the Sheriff.

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ONLINE INMATE VISITATION SCHEDULING AND REGISTRATION SYSTEM reGARDING COVID-19

Online Inmate Visitation Scheduling and Registration System REGARDING COVID-19

“Pursuant to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, we are making efforts to ensure the health and welfare of all those who live, work, and visit the County jails and patrol stations.

At the recommendation of the Los Angeles County Correctional Health Services, all public visits have been cancelled as part of the County’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) prevention efforts starting from Friday, March 13, 2020. Only attorney and professional visits will be allowed during this period. The inmate visiting at all Los Angeles County Jail facilities and the patrol stations’ jails will remain suspended until further notice.

As this Department values visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation, we will remain committed to providing public visiting once these unique circumstances allow for in the nearby future. We are committed to supporting you and loved ones in our care during this time of uncertainty. If you have any questions or concerns regarding visitation, please contact the Inmate Video Visitation System Help Desk at IVVSPublicHelpDesk@lasd.org or call (213) 680-IVVS (4887), Monday through Friday, 7:00am – 2:00pm.”

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COVID-19 INFO

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 Speaks to NBC Today Show

“I am devastated and heartbroken by the conduct of those first responders who had the responsibility to protect the dignity and privacy of the victims who perished in the tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas.” -Sheriff Alex Villanueva

See the attached video link from the NBC Today Show:

Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks to NBC Today Show

"I am devastated and heartbroken by the conduct of those first responders who had the responsibility to protect the dignity and privacy of the victims who perished in the tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas." -Sheriff Alex Villanueva See the attached video link from the NBC Today Show:

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Monday, March 2, 2020

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L.A. Superhero 5K Run Walk Health & Safety Expo

CHECK OUT THIS COOL FINISHERS MEDAL!

It could be yours if you join the Los Angeles Superhero 5K Run Walk Health & Safety Expo in San Dimas, Saturday, April 25, 2020.

We had a blast last year and can’t wait to see you again this year. Don’t forget to bring your family, friends and neighbors for a fun filled day. Costumes are optional.

Get more information and registration details here:
https://runsignup.com/…/SanDim…/LosAngelesSuperhero5KRunWalk

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Captain Tonya P. Edwards

Captain Tonya P. Edwards is a 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, beginning her career in 1988. After graduating from the Academy, she worked at Sybil Brand Institute (SBI). Nine years of patrol began with training at Firestone Station, and later at Lynwood Station where she worked on bicycle patrol. She helped open Century Station in 1994, and later became a Field Training Officer. She transferred to Industry Station, where she worked patrol, Youth Activities League (YAL), and C.O.P.S. She left patrol in 1999 and worked as a Gang Enforcement Team (GET) deputy at Safe Streets Bureau, then she spent the next four years as a detective at Narcotics Bureau. In 2005, she promoted to sergeant and worked Custody at PDC – North/South. She transferred to Patrol at Norwalk Station and was later assigned to Safe Streets Bureau – OSS Detectives, where she was part of the Monrovia/Duarte Gang Task Force, and also worked as an OSS Detective at Compton and Carson Stations.


In 2010, she was promoted to lieutenant and worked watch commander at Men’s Central Jail, then Crescenta Valley/Altadena, and San Dimas Stations. She also worked at Century Station Patrol in Operations and at Custody Support Services (CSS) as the Division Compliance Lieutenant, then at Men’s Central Jail in Operations, and as an Executive Aide to the Custody Division Assistant Sheriff, Mr. Robert J. Olmsted and Bruce D. Chase.


In 2016, during Captain Edwards’ assignment at CSS, she was given the Custody Training Officer (CTO) and Probationary Employee training project, which sought bonus status and a 5.5% pay increase for custody training personnel. She also oversaw the revamp of the entire Custody Division training curriculum for newly assigned deputies, including the approval of a new database to assist with the probationary employees and their training.


Captain Edwards holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Long Beach State University in Occupational Studies, and a Master’s Degree from National University in Public Administration, and she is certified fluent in Spanish.


Captain Edwards will participate in the 2020 Police Unity Tour in Washington DC, and also enjoys snow skiing and weight lifting. Thank you for your years of dedication to our Department. #blackhistorymonth

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LASD hONORS SUMTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CPL. ANDREW GILLETTE

LASD HONORS SUMTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CPL. ANDREW GILLETTE

LASD extends its sincere condolences & prayers to our family at Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (Sumter, SC) for the loss of Corporal Andrew Gillette, who was killed in the line of duty today. May you be in God’s arms. #LODD #ThinBlueLine

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.