DUI/DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINT PLANNED FOR 02/21/2020, ARTESIA
Artesia, CA – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, February 21, 2020, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with deputies checking drivers for proper licensing.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated 395 DUI collisions which have claimed 21 lives and resulted in another 590 injuries.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:
• Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
• See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
• Report drunk drivers – Call 911. • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.
Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Go Safely, California” Impaired Driving 30 sec:
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SVB Arrested a Teacher for Lewd Acts with a Childhttps://lasd.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/LASD-grve-small-square.png600128SIB StaffSIB Staffhttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a0c925d0b17280c123f8453bc240f652?s=96&d=blank&r=g
SVB Arrested a Teacher at Pete Knight High School, for Lewd Acts with a Child
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau conducted an investigation regarding an inappropriate sexual relationship between a 53 year-old teacher and a female 15 year-old student at Pete Knight High School, 37423 70th Street East in Palmdale.
On January 30, 2020, the facts of the investigation were presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. 17 counts were filed against the suspect, including Lewd Acts with a Child, Unlawful Oral Copulation, and Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor.
On February 19, 2020, suspect Anthony Faaborg, male White, was arrested at his residence in Palmdale. He is currently in-custody with bail set at $975,000.
The booking photo is not being released at this time.
The investigation is on-going. No further information is available.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Special Victims Bureau is tasked with investigating the sexual and physical abuse of children and felonious sexual assaults involving adult victims. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau toll free tip line at (877) 710-5273 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP or “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVAhttps://lasd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ERF4brMU8AAeEu9.jpg720900SIB StaffSIB Staffhttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a0c925d0b17280c123f8453bc240f652?s=96&d=blank&r=g
It was a pleasure to promote Commander Tardy and recognize her as a strong leader in our Department for #BlackHistoryMonth.
In 1994, Commander Tardy graduated from the Academy and
began her LASD career at the Sybil Brand Institute for Women, where she served
as a line deputy and training officer until she transferred to Temple Station
(TEM) in 1999. While at TEM, Commander Tardy worked patrol as well as special
assignments. In 2001, she promoted to a Gang Investigator and transferred to
Operation Safe Streets Bureau (OSS), working out of Compton Station.
In 2006, she promoted to Sergeant and remained at Compton
Station, serving as a field Supervisor, Detective Bureau Sergeant and
Operations Sergeant. She promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2011 and
transferred to Men’s Central Jail for two years before transferring again to
Carson Station (CAS) in 2013. There she served as a Watch Commander as well as
the Detective Lieutenant and Operations Lieutenant.
In 2015, Commander Tardy transferred to Headquarters as an
Executive Aide for Central Patrol Division, where she served for one year until
she promoted to Captain of South Los Angeles Station (SLA). She served as the
Unit Commander at SLA until her promotion to her current rank of Commander in
Throughout her career, Commander Tardy has been actively
involved in the communities she’s served. She has helped to organize a West Athens
Peace March to address violence in the community, assisted with the
organization of a Community Partnership Group within Central Patrol Division,
and helped develop Crisis Intervention Worker protocol for LASD. She has also
participated in multiple Walk for Life marches in South Los Angeles,
contributed to the E-pal program at an elementary school, and worked with
Southwest College to establish the first-ever Internship program, which
includes SLA as well as Compton and Century Stations. Commander Tardy has also
served on the Commander Management Task Force to address violence within the
jails, and is responsible for attending recruitment events within Central
Patrol Division’s jurisdiction.
Commander Tardy has attended UCLA and received her
Bachelor’s Degree from California State University- San Bernardino. She has
been on the Board of Trustees for the Black Peace Officers Association since
2011 and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has one son who
plays basketball for Bethesda Christian University. In her off-duty time, she
enjoys spending time with family, playing basketball and volleyball, doing
home-improvement projects, mentoring and doing community service.
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
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
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
Sheriff Villanueva and
the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Announce Arrests and
Rescues by California Law Enforcement
Reclaim and Rebuild
conjunction with Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Sheriff Alex Villanueva
announced details and results from the sixth annual Operation Reclaim and
Rebuild enforcement operation, conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Human
Trafficking Task Force and 70 participating federal, state and local law
enforcement agencies, and task forces from across California. The weeklong, statewide effort aimed at
combatting human trafficking took place between Sunday, January 26, and
Saturday, February 1, 2020, and was conducted in various mediums and met with
press conference was held Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the iconic Hall of
Justice in downtown Los Angeles. Sheriff
Alex Villanueva was joined by executives and representatives from the Los
Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Corrections
and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, California Department of
Justice, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) , San Bernardino
County Sheriff’s Department, Contra Costa County Human Trafficking Task Force,
Homeland Security Investigations, Journey Out, Los Angeles County Department of
Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County Probation Department, Los
Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles
School Police Department, Anaheim Police Department, Concord Police Department,
San Gabriel Police Department, Saving Innocence, and Zoe International.
Reclaim and Rebuild focused on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human
trafficking, providing victims with much-needed services, identifying and
arresting their captors, seeking successful prosecutions, and disrupting the
demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their customers. Police agencies and other trafficking task
forces throughout our state joined in the enforcement operation to send the
clear message that California law enforcement shares a unified mandate: Human trafficking must not be tolerated in
preparation for the event, an operational planning meeting took place in Los
Angeles, with over 200 federal, state and municipal law enforcement detectives
from all over California in attendance.
Investigators focused enforcement operations wherever the trafficking of
human beings took place, from confronting the reality of sidewalk prostitution
by conducting demand operations, to challenging the virtual reality of the
cyber world where traffickers believe they can operate anonymously using the
internet furnishes a vast variety of opportunities for traffickers, but with
the experience of specially-trained cyber detectives who posed as vulnerable
teenagers and interacted with suspects on social media, traffickers and
customers who were anxious to exploit found their plans foiled.
encountered during enforcement efforts were cared for by personnel from various
Department of Children and Family Services Agencies and victim service
providers in each county. In Los Angeles
County, CAST, Saving Innocence, Zoe International, and Journey Out coordinated
the emergency services response for victim care and collaborated with similar,
non-governmental victim service organizations throughout the state.
Reclaim and Rebuild was widely successful in its endeavor with 76 adult and 11
minor victims being recovered; 266 males arrested for the charge of
Solicitation; and 27 suspected traffickers and exploiters were arrested. In total, 518 arrests were made.
Sheriff Villanueva relayed the mission, efforts
and results of Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, and gave a firm direction to the victims: “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
and our partners stand with each victim of this heinous crime. You are the focus of this endeavor. We are here for you. We are here to help you reclaim your freedom
from the binds of sex trafficking, and to provide you the support and tools to
“To the traffickers and
solicitors: We will not tolerate the
enslavement and trafficking of others in any form. We will seek you out and prosecute you to the
fullest extent of the law.
Johns: Purchasing commercial sex is
illegal and buying sex adds to the exploitation of those involved,” he said
Michael Hannemann, who oversaw the coordinated effort, defined the
undertaking. “Operation Reclaim and
Rebuild is a state-wide operation which displays the mutual commitment of
California law enforcement, social service agencies, and victim service
providers in the fight to end sex trafficking,” he said. “The L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task
Force is an example of how individual entities can be far more effective, when
they join together in a shared mission.
Today, 11 children have been rescued from their exploiters and 76 women
have been connected with the services necessary to rebuild their lives, free
task force, we are continuing to find cutting-edge approaches to serving
survivors that prioritize their rights, secure their safety, and provide access
to services – while holding traffickers accountable,” said CAST CEO and
Executive Director Kay Buck. “I want to
thank all of the amazing community leaders that are a part of the task force
for being stewards of our shared community values and our evolving national
Chief Kris Pitcher, Los Angeles Police Department, shared four cases which came
as a result of Human Trafficking Taskforce operations and daily operations. He attributed them to the collaborative work
between organizations and non-governmental resource providers which come
alongside to lift victims, “…out of their issues, provide them life-saving skills,
life-building skills, and ultimately…prosecute those vicious criminals who prey
“Human trafficking amounts to nothing less than modern day slavery
and has no place in our society,” said
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a statement.“It’s
up to us to take on criminals who profit from forced labor and sexual
exploitation of vulnerable Californians. Operation Reclaim and Rebuild is a
testament to what can be accomplished to support survivors and combat
trafficking in our state.”
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SHERIFF AND UNDERSHERIFF ATTEND GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE
Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday of the year for
the Asian-American Community, and the celebration traditionally lasts about 15
days, starting with lighting piles of firecrackers and concluding with the
the mid-80s, Golden Dragon Parade has become an icon of the Chinese culture and
brings a rich and diverse experience for all ethnicities. Presented by the
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles to celebrate the year of Rat, this
year’s parade was highlighted by the queen of the parade, marching bands,
various cultural dancers and the traditional performance of the dragon and lion
Villanueva and Undersheriff Murakami proudly represented the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department during the parade. They walked along Board of Supervisors
Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis. LAPD Chief Moore was also in attendance.
Sheriff Villanueva said “this celebration is a wonderful way to ring in
the Lunar New Year. It celebrates the accomplishments in all our lives.
We at the LASD have accomplished a lot in the year of 2019. We will
continue to work hard with our communities and keep the success moving forward
D.A’S OFFICE FILES CHARGES ON FORMER LASD DEPUTY INVOLVED IN LANCASTER SHOOTING, AUG 21, 2019
On August 21, 2019, Lancaster Deputy Angel Reinosa reported being shot by a sniper, while in the parking lot of Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. As a result, we deployed a massive amount of resources to capture the suspect. Within days, investigators learned that Reinosa had completely fabricated the entire incident and there was no sniper, no shots fired and no injury sustained by Reinosa.
Immediately following, a criminal investigation was launched by Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. After it was determined that the account of the incident was created by Reinosa and was a complete lie, the criminal investigation focused on the criminal actions of Angel Reinosa. A short time later, Reinosa was no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Department.
The investigation was subsequently presented to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of filing criminal charges.
Today, January 16, 2020, the District Attorney’s Office filed three counts against Angel Raul Reinosa and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The criminal counts include:
148.5(a) PC Filing a False Police Report, a misdemeanor 1871.4(a)(1) Insurance Code Insurance Fraud, a felony 1871.4(a)(2) Insurance Code Insurance Fraud, a felony
These Insurance Code sections are pertaining to the Workman’s Compensation claim.
Armed with the warrant, at 2:30 pm, Detectives from the Internal Criminal Investigation Bureau arrested Angel Reinosa for the charges, after a traffic stop in Sylmar. He was transported and booked at the County Jail Inmate Reception Center, where his bail was set at $40,000. He is currently scheduled for arraignment on January 17, 2020 in Department 30 of the LA Superior Court in Los Angeles. The case number is BA484557.
Angela D. Walton promoted to captainhttps://lasd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/AngelaWalton-819x1024.jpg8191024SIB StaffSIB Staffhttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f1438114432fba5babb64a1f45fd4f8c?s=96&d=blank&r=g
Captain Walton has served as a Lieutenant at Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF) since 2013, making her the ideal choice to take the helm. Walton has been appointed the newest Captain of CRDF, following Diana Gealta’s promotion to Commander.
Walton joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1995, working as a patrol deputy, field training officer, and a Major Crimes detective before promoting to Sergeant. She worked at Altadena station as a field supervisor, watch sergeant and watch commander before moving on to the administrative side of the Department at Personnel. There, she was part of the “Women are Leaders” campaign and was instrumental in the largest female recruitment drive in the history of the Department.
As a Lieutenant, she was assigned at Pitchess Detention Center– East Facility, in 2011 then CRDF in 2013. She served as a watch commander at both facilities before taking on the Access to Care unit within CRDF, which is tasked with making sure the facility meets Federal compliance standards.
Walton’s last assignment at CRDF was as the Operations Lieutenant, overseeing the day to day operations of the facility, investigating administrative cases, maintaining the unit’s budget and handling personnel matters. From there she went on to oversee the Critical Incident Team at Custody Compliance sustainability Bureau, managing the Inmate Deaths Corrective Action plans.
Walton has a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and is a Master of Science candidate at Boston University. She has earned certificates from the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, Behavior Analysis Training Institute, Leadership California, and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute, just to name a few.
When she isn’t working, Walton enjoys traveling, reading, mentoring, writing, collecting, art, skiing and spending time with family and friends. Her breadth of experience both on and off duty have prepared her for tackling the challenges that come with running the largest female jail facility in the nation.
LASD SAR Members Pay Respect to SBCSD SAR Tim Stapleshttps://lasd.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/SBCO-SAR-Tim-Staples-funeral.jpg720960SIB StaffSIB Staffhttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/1da259cd08f53aa175642133a3231d68?s=96&d=blank&r=g
While Tim was in the Mount Baldy area searching for another missing hiker on Saturday, December 14, 2019, he became separated from his partner, and was tragically found dead a short time later. Tim was among approximately 125 other brave Search and Rescue volunteers from 11 different counties that were assisting with the search, and he ultimately gave his life trying to save someone he never knew.
In addition to being a volunteer Search and Rescue team member with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for the past 9 years, Tim was also a social science teacher at a local high school, where he touched the lives of many past and present students. He was recently married to his wife, Katie and was also a brother, a son, an uncle, a nephew and friend to so many others.
To show their support, several members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team attended the ceremony to pay their respects.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sends our deepest condolences to the Staples family, the men and women of West Valley Search and Rescue, and to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
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INDUSTRY STATION BRING OPERATION CHRISTMAS TO LA PUENTE FAMILY
On Tuesday. December 17, 2019, a Special Assignment Team from Industry Sheriff’s Station held an “Operation Christmas” contest,with the goal to adopt a family in need and to brighten their lives during this Holiday Season.
Industry Sheriff’s Station‘s, La Puente Special Assignment team was contacted by a woman named Cynthia who nominated her sister Valerie, and Valerie’s 10 year old, twin boys Jeremy & Jordan.
Jordan was diagnosed with a terminal illness. One of Jordan’s wishes was to have a winter wonderland Christmas this year but because of his illness, he has been restricted to his home.
With the help of generous vendors and the community, these deputies decided to bring a winter wonderland to Jordan. They were able to bring snow, a face painter, a holiday arch way, many decorations, gifts and most importantly Santa Claus. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Alex Verdugo joined Sheriff Alex Villanueva to be a part of Jordan’s special Winter Wonderland.