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84 Graduate to Become Peace Officers

On Friday, December 20, 2019, a total of 84 polished recruits lined up at the Sheriff’s Training and Regional Services (STARS) Center in Whittier, 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 10 female and 74 male graduates and guests.
 
Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined on stage by Chief John N. Incontro, San Marino PD; Chief Todd Chamberlain, LA School Police; Chief Mark Fronterotta, Inglewood PD; Chief Carl Povilaitis, Glendale PD; Assistant Chief Ronald Lizukak, Culver City PD; and Assistant Chief Mark Coopwood, Beverly Hills PD, in presenting the 84 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, Richard Aaron Mejia, LASD, 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.  Officer Jake Spurgeon, Beverly Hills PD and Deputy Joseph Solares, LASD were honored as Academic Recruits. 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 STARS Center brings together a collection of unique aspects, qualities and experiences. Academy Class #442 is a largely international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County.  Of the 84 graduating recruits, 5 were born outside the United States in the countries of Mexico, Taiwan and United Kingdom; 6 recruits lived abroad in the countries of Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, and United Kingdom; and 40 recruits speak a language other than English, including Arabic, Armenian, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese and American Sign Language (ASL).
 
These graduates bring with them a large source of higher education (27), service experience in the armed forces (11), and backgrounds in law enforcement (12), and many come from families with a tradition of serving in law enforcement (29).                                                                            
Congratulations Academy Class 442!

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LASD Metrolink Bureau Donates Toys

LASD Metrolink Bureau and Metrolink teamed up with the Pomona Unified School District to provide donated toys to families in need of a little extra holiday cheer. Captain Edward Wells of Metrolink Bureau was joined by Commander Jack Ewell and Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins in welcoming families at this year’s “Santa’s Helpers Toy Giveaway.” Over 700 toys were donated from the Metrolink ridership community during the month of December and were given to parents to be given to their children on Christmas. Thank you to Metrolink and the Pomona Unified School District for their heartfelt support to this worthy cause.

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LASD Court Personnel Train for Bomb Threats

LASD Court Services Bureau Pasadena Courthouse Deputies and Staff personnel got the latest training on how to deal with bomb threats and suspicious packages in a courthouse. They also were able to go inside the actual trailer and see how the magic works. A big “Thank you” to Detective Mark Raffaelli from LASD Arson Explosives Detail for some good insight and great training for all our personnel.

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Santa Gives Gifts for AbilityFirst Kids in ELA

Santa Drops by with Gifts for AbilityFirst Participants in East Los Angeles

Santa’s reindeer took the day off yesterday, and because Santa still needed a ride, one of the helicopters from our air support fleet arrived at the North Pole to assist him in the early delivery of presents to a special group of children.

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Aero Bureau personnel flew Santa to the Eugene W. Biscailuz Regional Training Center in East Los Angeles. For the past 11 years, deputies from East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station assisted Santa in bringing Christmas early to children participating in the AbilityFirst East Los Angeles Center program.

With help from AbilityFirst, an organization which offers programs and services to help children and adults with disabilities, deputies were able to give back to their local community by creating a winter wonderland where the kiddies waited for Santa’s arrival.

The event unfolded as Santa and one of his helping elves landed in the helicopter on the tarmac, right in front of the kids who were waiting for them with high anticipation. And, oh, were there miles of smiles! Next, everyone enjoyed an afternoon snack…and then the real fun began! The kids got exclusive access to Santa, with comforting hugs for everyone. Each child received a hand-delivered gift, specially chosen to fit their age and taste. Others who were curious and adventurous got to climb into one of Special Enforcement Bureau’s tactical armored vehicles and inspect the interior.

More than a decade later, this program remains a tradition, thanks to the generous toy donations from the community and East Los Angeles Station deputies. The smiles, squeaks and giggles were the best return for everyone who had a hand in putting it together.

Center Director Monica Alcantar expressed her gratefulness and thanked everyone for giving the kids a day to feel special, which was the exact goal East Los Angeles Station personnel set out to accomplish. She and her staff brought a stack of handwritten thank you cards from the kids, and more stacks of homemade cards with each child’s picture on the front and a sweet, symbolic roll of candy on the inside.

It was a lovely and rewarding afternoon! Commander April Tardy, Central Patrol Division, also attended and shared in the happiness of seeing the smiles, and pure reactions of joy and excitement on the kids’ faces. Here’s to looking forward to next year’s holiday celebration!

AbilityFirst is a nonprofit organization which has provided programs and services to help children and adult with disabilities reach their full potential since 1926.

For more information please contact East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station at (323) 264-4151 or call AbilityFirst at 1-877-768-4600 and click on following link: www.abilityfirst.org

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LASD Host Recognized in Paramount

On December 17, 2019, members of the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) and their outreach partners from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) were honored with a commendation from the City of Paramount City Council.

The HOST Team was recognized for conducting the First Responder Homeless Training class for the City of Paramount staff, for conducting multiple joint proactive outreach operations with local non-profit organizations, and for proactively engaging people experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect, while addressing public safety concerns and issues in and around the City of Paramount.

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Sheriff Villanueva Held Town Hall in LA

Monday, December 16, 2019 marked @LACoSheriff 27th community Town Hall meeting at Francis Cabrini Church/School, at 1428 W. Imperial Hwy, in the city of Los Angeles. What a great turnout for today’s meeting, great to see so many concerned community members and to hear from residents about topics big and small. Town hall meetings give community members a chance to meet and interact with #SheriffV , executives, and Deputies that serve the community. Thus building greater trust and confidence in #LASD, continuing in our goals to build community policing and trust within our neighborhoods. Time and time again our Sheriff expresses how important it is to, “Get to know your neighbors. Stay involved and crime rates will continue to go down.” Thank you South Los Angeles station its community members, area residents for your comments, concerns and questions posed to us at tonight’s Town Hall. Until next time….

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Chargers Honor LASD Det. Dan Finn

On Sunday, December 15, 2019, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Detective Dan Finn was honored by the Los Angeles Chargers as one of their Hometown Heroes during their game against the Minnesota Vikings.

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, a student from Saugus High School walked onto campus and shot five classmates, ultimately killing two of them.

That morning, Detective Dan Finn was at Saugus High School dropping off his girlfriend’s son, when he saw a crowd of students running out of the school with a look of terror in their eyes. Without hesitation, Detective Finn immediately ran into the school and asked a student what was happening. “Gunshots on campus!” was all he needed to hear when he made the split-second decision to run onto campus without a second thought.

Detective Finn, along with off-duty LAPD Officer Gus Ramirez and Inglewood Officer Sean Yanez sprang into action and rendered aide to some of the gunshots victims, while also coordinating a safety route for other students to exit the campus without harm.

Without Detective Finn, Officer Ramirez and Officer Yanez’ swift actions, more tragedy could have possibly struck Saugus High School that day.

Sheriff Villanueva was also in attendance to honor Detective Finn for his courage and heroism.

Thank you gentlemen for your bravery and heroic acts! #SaugusStrong

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43 Custody Assistants Graduate From Academy

On Friday December 13, 2019, a total of 43 recruits lined up at the Eugene Biscailuz Regional Training Center, East Los Angeles in what would be their final platoon formation as academy classmates. After 8 weeks of grueling 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 Custody Assistant civilian peace officers. Academy Class 102 is made up of 23 female and 20 male graduates.

Academy Class #102 is a largely international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County. Of the 43 graduating recruits, 2 were born outside the United States; 2 recruits lived abroad in the countries; and 29 recruits speak a language other than English; 14 have a Bachelor’s degree or higher; 5 have Law Enforcement Experience and 15 have Family members in Law Enforcement.

“To Conquer and Correct, Class #102 is here to protect”

Congratulations Academy Class 102 #LASD

(some photos credited to POPA)

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Sheriff Villanueva Held Town Hall in Lynwood

Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a town hall in the City of #Lynwood on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Many community members attended the event making it a successful evening. It was our pleasure to meet with them and detail LASD’s efforts to address the issues we face together. We encourage community members to get involved and attend your next local town hall meeting with #LASD Sheriff. Century Sheriff’s Station

Topics that were discussed today were;

✅Countywide crime is down 7% from last year.

✅Recruitment efforts are local, meaning LASD is focusing on hiring deputies who live in the County of LA.

✅Parents to monitor their children, help them succeed and keep them accountable.

✅Human Trafficking

✅Community & neighbors looking out for each other “If you See Something Say Something”

#WorkingTogether #Townhall

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Sheriff Villanueva Hosts Winter Social

Once a year in December, the Sheriff’s Annual Holiday Social gives #LASD from all over a chance to gather. To see familiar faces, and meet new ones. To share a laugh and a bite to eat. These are more than coworkers who rely on each other every day. This is a team, it’s family. Thank you to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, and everyone who came to today’s event for a chance to show how much we value each other.