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Sheriff and Archbishop Gomez Attend Annual Christmas Mass at MCJ


Sheriff Villanueva Attended Annual Christmas Mass with Archbishop Jose H. Gomez at Men’s Central Jail on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

Celebrating Christmas Mass at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles is a tradition for those inmates incarcerated at Men’s Central Jail. Their rehabilitation presses onward as Sheriff Villanueva and Archbishop Gomez celebrate mass with approximately 150 inmates. This annual tradition allows inmates to participate in the holiday ceremony despite their incarceration.

After mass was celebrated, Sheriff Villanueva and Archbishop Gomez both took the time to shake hands with all of the inmates as they exited the church, spreading holiday joy. Many thanked the Sheriff as they passed him by.

Sheriff Villanueva was asked why this was important to him. He explained that we are not defining people by their bad decisions of the past, but by what they can do in the future, and what they can do from this point forward. He went on to express how welcoming it is to see everyone come together to celebrate mass and to see the emotional impact it has on the inmates.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department has a variety of increasing inmate services geared toward the county jail’s population. As an essential part of rehabilitation, the Jail Chaplaincy Program goal is to reduce recidivism, hoping to ensure a smoother transition of the approximately 16,000 inmates who will eventually rejoin our communities.

Through the Jail Chaplaincy Program, qualified and devoted individuals provide programs and services to inmates and their families, which enhance their lives during incarceration and support them upon reentry into the community. These services, provided for all denominations provide. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “The spiritual health of those in our care is just as important as their physical well being. This type of work is indicative of the culture of our Department, and is the epitome of the holiday spirit.”

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East LA Family Receives Surprise from LASD


East Los Angeles Boy and Family Receives Christmas Surprise from #LASD East Los Angeles Station Personnel

On Thursday, November 28, 2019, at approximately 11:10 A.M., the Robles family tragically lost their four-month-old baby, Jacob Robles. Baby Robles is survived by his mother, father, grandparents, and his five-year-old brother Joseph Robles.

Affected by the devastating loss of baby Jacob and to help brighten and uplift the spirits of the Robles family during this difficult Christmas season, East Los Angeles Station personnel came together to help bring a little joy and happiness into their life.

East Los Angeles Station personnel collected numerous toys for Joseph and a surprise gift to the entire Robles family. Along with the toys, numerous gift cards were presented to the entire family.The toys, and gift cards were generously collected and donated by sworn and professional staff from the East Los Angeles Station.

Surprised to have received various toys, Joseph could not contain his excitement and welcomed East Los Angeles Station personnel with, literally, open arms. As Joseph opened his gifts, he recalled and shared memorable times with Jacob.The Robles family was extremely grateful for the generous donations.The boys’ mother, Guadalupe Castillo, enthusiastically stated, “Thank you everyone for your help!”

In the spirit of this Holiday Season, and because life as we know it could forever change an in instant, please take the time to appreciate those filling your cup of life.Take the time to express compassion, whether it is by giving them some words of encouragement, spending quality time with them, or giving back to those in your community.

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Sheriff Gives Check to Salvation Army – Bell Shelter Veterans


Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Sheriff Alex Villanueva presented the Salvation Army – Bell Shelter with a $17,500 check on Monday, December 23, 2019 from proceeds generated from the sale of LASD’s first ever Veterans Patch.

“With the month of November coming up, we came up with the idea of putting together a veterans patch,” said Sheriff Villanueva. “It sold out like crazy. In fact, three times over. And then for the entire month of November we authorized our personnel to wear the veterans patch. It’s important and extremely significant because it embraces so many people and is part of who we are as Los Angeles County – one big community.”

United States Marine Corps Veteran and LASD Sergeant, William Kitchin, who overseas the department’s Homeless Outreach Services added, “The sheriff’s department proactively engages veteran homelessness in the community to help build relationships to try to connect them with service providers. LASD works with multiple partners who coordinate housing and services, as well as professionals from the mental health sector, to help address and identify substance abuse, public health and safety concerns. And with that, we have been able to build relationships to help transition people out of homelessness.”

In honor of these veterans, 100 percent of the proceeds went to support the largest homeless shelter in the entire nation and, “We definitely need to provide them all the support we can give, particularly during the holidays,” said Sheriff Villanueva.

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100% of proceeds donated to The Salvation Army Bell Shelter, which provides transitional housing for Veterans.

Help us make a difference in the lives of our homeless Veterans.

If you are an adult experiencing homelessness or at-risk of becoming homeless, please call (800) 548-6047 or click on the link…

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LASD Teams Up With Viking Charities


On Sunday December 22, 2019, LASD personnel, and other law enforcement agencies teamed up with Viking Charities, in Santa Monica. Assembled in the Barker Hanger, volunteers came from near and far to help pack boxes of food for needy families in our communities.

For over 37 years, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has collaborated with Viking Charities to package and distribute these meals across Los Angeles County. Each basket contains a turkey and all the fixings for a holiday dinner. This event gives us an opportunity to give back to families in our communities.

Viking Charities is a charity for disadvantaged children in Los Angeles County. Throughout the year, the Vikings Charities Organization and Stations within the Sheriff’s Department identify families that are suffering hardships and in need during the holidays.

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Sheriff Villanueva Visits Communities For Holidays


#LASD Our Sheriff had a very busy day! From Willowbrook to South Los Angeles, he had been busy sending out gifts, greetings and best wishes to the people who live in our community.

He also held a town hall meeting inside a jail facility, and surprised the visitors with toys for their children. We are not here to judge but to help. Along with all the #LASD members, we wish you a very merry Christmas!

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CRDF Personnel Gave Gifts to Family in Lynwood


Personnel from Century Regional Detention Facility brought some holiday joy this Christmas season to a family in need.

They adopted a family from a church in the City of Lynwood and provided gifts to the family.

A special thanks to the staff at Century Regional Detention Facility for making a difference in their local community.

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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 to families in need


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 East LA

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: