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LASD and Kids

#ThrowbackThursday #LASD and Kids

The #LASD deputy response spectrum varies from horrific violent crimes, fatal car accidents, domestic violence, resolving neighbor disputes, and welfare checks to just helping a parent explain to his/her child the importance of wearing the seat-belt. These men and women wearing the badge are serving in a capacity that few others can match. These qualities are exemplified in an LASD recruitment pamphlet from #1970:

“We need you if you will become involved in your work. The Deputies’ work shapes and regulates their lives and its influence extends beyond the normal eight hours limit of most ordinary jobs. A law enforcement career requires life commitment and dedication. It offers you a unique chance to become professionally involved with your community…..”

This summer, West Hollywood Sheriff’s Deputies welcomed 11 kids from the West Hollywood Park Tot Time program. The deputies conducted the Station tour and answered some hard-hitting questions such as, “Do you guys have a dog?” and “Where do the bad guys sleep?”………. After our deputies tried hard to answer these hard hitting questions by the group of five year olds, they were requested to take a photo with fun faces. Well, most of the deputies passed the final test and became fast friends!

Small things count. And we do not underestimate them. One badge has unlimited possibilities, become part of the positive energy brought to our communities. 

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SEARCH AND RESCUE – TBT 900 900 SIB Staff

SEARCH AND RESCUE – TBT

#ThrowbackThursday #LASD The Search and Rescue teams function as the Sheriff’s Department’s official emergency response unit. The unit provides services to those citizens who become stranded, lost, or injured in the mountainous areas of Los Angeles County.

There are eight individual teams: Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, Antelope Valley Search and Rescue, Malibu Search and Rescue Team, Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue Team, Montrose Search and Rescue, San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team and Avalon Search and Rescue Team.

Most of the team members are Los Angeles County Sheriff Reserve Deputies, while others are dedicated volunteers from the local communities to assist in search and rescue operations. All teams are under the direction of the local Sheriff’s Stations.

Because team members would go into steep and treacherous terrain, possibly at night or in the rain, it is imperative that all members are well trained. In addition to academy training, Search and Rescue Team members undergo extensive mountaineering training. Also, they must hold a current Emergency Medical Technician license and usually must live within a fifteen or twenty minute response time of the station where they serve. 

Each team member is selected for his or her physical capabilities, maturity, and willingness to respond at a moment’s notice in emergency search and rescue situations. The men and women of the team are highly trained in technical rope rescue, swift water, snow and ice operations search theory and tracking.

As a part of the state of California mutual aid system, the teams also provides support search and rescue efforts throughout California and the United States.

They are ready to respond to emergency 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to “anywhere in the wilderness that someone needs help”!

**#1951 picture from LASD museum

** Malibu search team picture from their facebook.

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#Throwbackthursday: lasd band 900 900 SIB Staff

#Throwbackthursday: lasd band

#Throwbackthursday #LASD As early as 1939, Sheriff Biscailuz established the Sheriff’s Boys Band. Today, the band is made up of professional musicians as well as avid amateurs who travel the country to serve our communities through music!  Listen here!

Later in the 1960s, during Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess’ tenure, another band was formed with sworn officers as the musicians. Under the direction of the late Dr. Don Holcomb, and continuing under the baton of Dan Glass, the band has become a premiere concert band, and the pride of Los Angeles County.

As a group, the band has played for presidents, kings and queens. As the role of musical ambassador, they played in venues as far away as Sweden, Italy, Mexico and Washington, D.C., Ohio and Sacramento. The band has played for events such as the dedication ceremony of the California State Police Memorial and the dedication ceremony of the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C.

LASD Band is made up of professional musicians as well as avid amateurs. The composition is diverse, hailing from all walks and stages of life. The 75 members are formed by active/retired law enforcement officers, accountants, judges and teachers. There is only one common goal —- a desire to serve our communities through music. The band will continue to flourish as it represents the County of Los Angeles and the Sheriff’s Department whenever it is needed, helping to build and improve relations between law enforcement and the public at large.

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For more, visit: http://lasdband.org/

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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY

#ThrowbackThursday #LASD 1913: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Motor Team The County of Los Angeles formed its first Motor Team in 1913. Harley-Davidson Motorcycles were used by the County and Sheriff’s Department before BMWs were introduced in the beginning of the 21st century. LASD’s formal Motorcycle Test and Evaluation Program was implemented in 2008.

The test, which is considered to be one of the hardest tests in law enforcement training programs, has become nationally recognized as a major source of information relative to the implementation of a motor officer program. The LASD Motor Unit patch, enriched with history and tradition, displays two aspects of the job. The arrow represents precision and the wheel means motion.

The patches worn by LASD Traffic Investigators show wings on the wheel. The wings symbolize swiftness, speed and danger of this job in other agencies. Motorcycle patrol units were introduced across the country in the early 1900s for the purpose of traffic enforcement.

Today, motorcycle patrol units are capable of diverse assignments and have proven to be beneficial in their ability to easily access traffic scenes on congested roadways. Motorcycle patrol units have also been called upon to conduct traffic safety presentations and are frequently used for dignitary escort and ceremonial duties. They also respond to emergent calls for service in the field. We would like to say a very special thank you to all of our motor deputies for being a constant source of information, protecting us from unsafe drivers, and backing us up in the field. Keep up with the great work partners, and ride safe! “Then” photo credit: LASD Museum.