Sheriff's Responses

Sheriff's Responses to the Board of Supervisors (BOS)

The Board of Supervisors is the governing body of the County of Los Angeles, with the exception of the District Attorney’s Office, Office of the Assessor and Sheriff’s Department; which have their own elected officials.  As such, it has the unique function of serving as the executive and legislative head of the largest and most complex county government in the entire United States.  A civil service staff which performs the duties for the County departments and agencies serves the needs of the County’s population of more than 10 million people.

The Sheriff’s responses to the BOS are compiled in order to provide easy access to the public and provide transparency and accountability into our policies, procedures, and practices.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding enthusiastic support for a significant salary increase of Los Angeles County Sheriff Personnel, March 15, 2022. – PDF

Keywords: board of supervisors, funding, 2.5 billion dollar surplus, defund law enforcement.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding increasing transparency through Access to peace officer records, March 1, 2022. – PDF

Keywords: board of supervisors, OIG, CPRA,SB1421,Increase in financial costs, delays in record production.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding an open challenge for elected leaders to identify deputy clique members, February 16, 2022. – PDF

Keywords: board of supervisors, deputy cliques, gang members, defamation of character, false allegations, Unsubstantiated allegations, lack of evidence.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding the settlement agreement and disputes over management of the jails and personnel, January 31, 2022. – PDF

Keywords: Request for outside counsel, 2015 settlement agreement, deputy management of jails, federal civil rights litigation, department of justice, government code section 995, Board of supervisors, penal code 4000, government code section 2660, staffing custody operations, jail violence,



Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding a request for outside counsel, December 17, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: Compliance with DOJ 2015 settlement, jail management, BOS guise of budgetary management, inmate safety, under-treated mental illness, lack of sufficient care.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding LASD Covid-19 Protocol, December 16, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: underfunded department, 1.281 positions, vaccination mandates, public safety.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding Proposed Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Committee policy to ban deputy subgroups, December 13, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: ALADS, COC proposed policy to ban deputy subgroups, exposes LASD to litigation, non peer reviewed study.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding a demand for equal treatment of county employees assigned to the county’s Sheriff’s Department as well as responsibility board financing of Sheriff’s Department Mandates, November 24, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: rescind hard hiring and spending freeze, excess of $182 million, budget shortfall.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding the State of Emergency of the Homeless Crisis, July 28, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: vaccination mandate, board of supervisor, public safety, employees reduction.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding Office of Inspector General report back, July 12, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: allegations of misconduct, complaint reports.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Budget Matters, June 3, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: Impounded funds, $143.7 million operating budget, Board to reconsider policy of  reducing Net County Cost.


Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding the  Homeless Crisis, July 23, 2021.

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County Council Response to Sheriff’s Letter

Keywords: Homeless crisis, rise in crime, local communities, Venice, tourists, County Council response.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding Local State of Emergency Regarding the Homeless Crisis, June 23, 2021.

Keywords: Homeless crisis, rise in crime, local communities.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding Operation Homebound, March 25, 2021.

Keywords: operation homebound, la county residents, vaccination, emergency operation, EMT deputies, governor newsom order, special needs population.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding Funding Request for Settlement Agreement Compliance, March 22, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: DOJ agreement, Antelope Valley, Palmdale and Lancaster, Compliance Team, Fiscal Year Budget.

Board of Supervisors Meeting Notice – Truth Act, February 22, 2021.

Keywords: truth act, board of supervisors, bos, march 9, 2021.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding the need for an honest and objective Inspector General, February 18, 2021.

Keywords: inspector general, oig, max huntsman, investigations.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding Justice Deputy Esther Lim’s behavior, February 9, 2021.

Keywords: bos, esther Lim, justice deputy, behavior, twitter.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding public safety cluster agenda review meetings, January 20, 2021. – PFD

Keywords: inaccurate or misleading information provided by CAR, OIG, COC.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding an offer of assistance to help rollout the Covid-19 vaccine to Los Angeles County Residents, January 15, 2021. – PFD

Keywords: vaccination program, EOB, first responders, clinics, vaccination.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding Justice Deputy Esther Lim’s behavior, February 9, 2021.

Keywords: bos, esther Lim, justice deputy, behavior, twitter.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding an offer of assistance to help rollout the Covid-19 vaccine to Los Angeles County Residents, January 16, 2021.

Keywords: covid-19, vaccination, vaccine, emergency management, emergency operations bureau, governor gavin newson, emt trained personnell.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding the establishment of a public-private Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Working Group, August 27, 2020.

Keywords: passed motions, plan to build a more effective justice system, public safety, criminal justice reform, victim of crimes advocates.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding Ice Detentions, August 3, 2020.

Keywords: ice detentions, temporary moratorium on transfers of qualified inmates to ice during covid-19 pandemic, extension.

Sheriff’s letter to CEO Sachi Hamai regarding Rand Report Response, July 23, 2020.

Keywords: rand report response, low level offenses, mental illness, misdemeanor incompetent to stand trial population, office of diversion and reentry, ordr, mental health treatment, jail system, diversion programs.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors regarding extending recovery efforts to COVID-19 to the County’s custody facilities and detention centers, July 14, 2020.

Keywords: extending recovery, temporary suspension of in-person visitations, safer at home order,  jails, detentions centers, department of public health, halting education programs.

Sheriff’s response to Supervisor Kathryn Barger regarding SB1421 submitted budget requests, July 6, 2020.

Keywords: sb1421, submitted budgets, pra unit personnel, discovery unit, additional personnel, software request, final changes budget.

CEO Recommended LASD Cuts, Fiscal Year 20-21.

Recommended Adjustments to the 2020-21 Recommended County Budget To Reflect Various Changes and Authorization to Execute Funding Agreements – PDF

Keywords: lasd, budget cuts, bos budget cuts.

Sheriff’s letter to the Board of Supervisors, regarding Response to Office of Inspector General’s Third Report Back on Implementing Body Worn Cameras In Los Angeles County, June 22, 2020.

Keywords: report, office of inspector general, body worn camera program, bwc program,  deploying cameras, budget request, provisional finance uses, fiscal year 2019-20, infrastructure equipment, policy, bwc policy manual of policy and procedures.

Sheriff’s letter to Supervisor Shiela Kuehl, regarding Emergency Captain Promotion, June 2, 2020.

Keywords: emergency captain promotion, malibu, lost hills station, community college bureau, marina del rey station

 CHILD WELFARE CHECKS

The Board of Supervisors and Director of DCFS chose to derail a program which would have provided welfare checks on children at risk of abuse.  DCFS and Supervisor Barger were concerned that sending a uniformed law enforcement officer to a family’s home could make matters worse.  Supervisor Kuehl said DCFS “does not want law enforcement to bang on doors about this.”  Their position makes no sense though, since uniformed officers already provide welfare checks as a routine daily activity.  What is most alarming is the absence of any other plan after rejecting ours.  Just status quo and business as usual.

Keywords: child welfare checks, child abuse reports, DCFS, DCFS partnership, pre-Gabriel mindset, welfare checks, SCARs, child abuse investigations, mandated reporter

Sheriff’s Response

Child Welfare Checks Guideline

Letter From BOS Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Sheriff’s request to Mary C. Wickham Esq. regarding Unlawful Promotional Freeze, May 8, 2020.

Keywords: promotional freeze, ehr block, retirement, board vote, litigation

Sheriff’s request to Supervisor Kathryn Barger regarding Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Budget, May 8, 2020.

Keywords: budget, settlement agreement, reassignment, underfunded items, patrol, custody, trial court, funding, retiree, retirement

Sheriff’s request to CEO Sachi Hamai, regarding Reduction of Academy Classes, May 5, 2020.

Keywords: academy class, reduction, graduation, freeze promotions, vacancies, retirement, increase overtime costs,

Sheriff’s request to Supervisor Kathryn Barger, regarding Custody Services Division Budget Relating To Settlement Agreements, May 4, 2020.

Keywords: funding, settlement agreements, budget deficit, custody services division, backfill overtime, underfunded overtime, covid-19, underfunded posts

Sheriff’s request to Supervisor Kathryn Barger, regarding Underfunded Mandate of Trial Court Security, May 4, 2020.

Keywords: funding gap, trial court security, realignment of 2011, state sales tax, vehicle license fees, state funding

Sheriff’s request to Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, regarding Reassignment of Unfunded Positions, May 4, 2020.

Keywords: unfunded positions, service and supply funds, overtime expenditures, administrative reassignment of personnel, overtime mitigation meetings, covid-19 pandemic, fiscal projects.

Sheriff’s request to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, regarding Reassignment of Unfunded Positions, May 4, 2020.

Keywords: reassignment of unfunded positions, reduce overtime expenditures, overtime mitigation, non-reimbursable overtime, unincorporated cities, city contracted areas, covid-19 pandemic, fiscal alternatives,

Sheriff’s request to Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, regarding Reassignment of Unfunded Positions, May 4, 2020.

Keywords: overtime mitigation efforts, board seizure of funds, unfunded positions, audit, administrative reassignment  of personnel, auditor-controller, supervisor district, covid-19 pandemic,

Sheriff’s request to Supervisor Janice Hahn, regarding Reassignment of Unfunded Positions, May 4, 2020.

Keywords: reassignment, unfunded position, overtime mitigation,

Sheriff’s request to Supervisor Kathryn Barger, regarding Reassignment of Unfunded Positions, May 4, 2020.

Keywords: reassignment, underfunded position, reduce overtime expenditures, covid-19, pandemic, fiscal alternatives

Sheriff’s request to CEO, Sachi Hamai, to restore the Enterprise Human Resource System (eHR) promotion access, April 29, 2020.

Keywords: request, CEO, request, restoration of ehr system, promotion access, staffing needs, employees, trainees, deputies and sergeants, vacancies, county budget,

Sheriff’s response to the Board of Supervisors letter regarding denied request to speak at BOS’ meeting, April 14, 2020.

Keywords: denied request, agenda item 4, board of supervisors, public meetings

Sheriff’s response to the Board of Supervisors letter regarding Shared Mission of Fighting the COVID-19 Emergency, April 6, 2020.

Keywords: covid-19, board of supervisors, director of emergency operations, ceoc, level 1 alert, information slowdown, hired pr firms, director of emergency operations, Fraser Communications,

Sheriff’s response to the Board of Supervisors regarding violation of the Brown Act, April 3, 2020.

Keywords: request for cure and correction violation, violation of brown act, condemning public exposure, failure to compensate employees, mandated quarantine, rescind letter to Sheriff, 

Sheriff’s response to the Board of Supervisors regarding Emergency Paid Sick Leave for First Responders, April 1, 2020.

Keywords: emergency paid sick leave, first responders, coronavirus, covid-19, epsl, fmla, retroactive leave, pandemic, quarantined employees, exposure, .

Sheriff’s response to the Board of Supervisors regarding violation of the Brown Act, March 31, 2020.

Keywords: emergency paid sick leave, first responders, FFCRA, covid-19, monetary caps on leave, pandemic, quarantined employees,

Sheriff’s response to the Board of Supervisors regarding an Inmate Depopulation Plan amid the COVID-19 situation, March 17, 2020.

Keywords: inmate depopulation plan, novel coronavirus, covid-19, civilian oversight commission, american civil liberties union, department of health services, jail system, 30 days of the completion of sentences, non-violent sentences, non-serious sentences, non-sexual sentences, time served, raising minimum bail amount

Response to the Cheif Executive Officer

Sheriff’s response to CEO regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Budget Fact Sheet, April 6, 2022. – PDF

Reference: CEO letter to Sheriff regarding plan to re-deploy staff in Parks Bureau 10/5/2020 – PDF

Reference: CEO Letter to Sheriff regarding Recruitment, Hiring and retention Strategies, Final Report item No. 59-A – PDF

Keywords: LASD Budget, 1052020 Correspondence, redeploy staff, parks bureau, Curtailments.

Request to the Attorney General of California

Attorney General’s response to Sheriff’s letter regarding request to oversee investigation in deputy involved shooting, June 30, 2020.

Keywords: request oversee investigation, deputy involved shooting fatality, andreas guardado, police accountablity.

Sheriff’s letter to the Letter to AG Xavier Becerra regarding POSSIBLE criminal conduct by CEO, July 23, 2020.

Keywords: request from sheriff to ag becerra, ceo satchi hamai, board of directors, united way, amendment to county charter.

Sheriff’s letter to the Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra, regarding a Request to Oversee Investigation of Deputy Involved Shooting Fatality, June 22, 2020.

Keywords: request oversee investigation, deputy involved shooting fatality, andreas guardado, oversight, police accountability

Responses to the District Attorney

Sheriff’s response to District Attorney Gascon regarding Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Presence at Parole Hearings, February 3, 2021.

Keywords: parole hearings, victim rights, reform, gascon, district attorney, barring prosecution lawyers from parole hearings.

Responses to the Department of Public Health

Sheriff’s response to the Los Angeles County Board of Public Health regarding measures to prevent and control COVID-19 spread in Jails, April 7, 2020.

Keywords: correspondence, measures to prevent and control spread. covid-19, pandemic, jail system, reducing size of jail population, quarantine, county health care partners, custody, cleaning supplies and hygiene products, screening individuals, isolating,

Sheriff's Responses to the Civilian Oversight Commission (COC)

On January, 12, 2016 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to implement a Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission COC with the mission to improve public transparency and accountability with respect to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.   The Commission is comprised of nine members representing the Board, with four members of the Commission recommended by community and other affiliated groups.

The Sheriff’s responses to COC are compiled in order to provide easy access to the public and provide transparency and accountability into our policies, procedures, and practices.

Sheriff’s letter regarding actual conflict with Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP,  May 23, 2022. – PDF

Keywords: Deputy Cliques,federal consent decrees, investigation, county council, federal court.


Sheriff’s letter regarding proposed Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Committee policy to Ban Deputy Subgroups,  December 13, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: legal opinion from ALADS, COC proposed policy regarding subgroups, coc proposed policy violates the Constitution, non peer reviewed study.


Sheriff’s letter advising the Civilian Oversight Commission that the meeting participation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will cease, pending a apology or retraction of defamatory statements from Commission Chair Priscilla Ocen ,  November 17, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: coc, Commission chair, Ocen, slander, public safety, anti-law enforcement


Sheriff’s letter to the Civilian Oversight Commission regarding Sheriff’s virtual attendance at the COC meeting 10/21/2021, September 09, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: fourth voluntary attendance at COC meeting


Sheriff’s letter to the Civilian Oversight Commission regarding a subpoena for personal appearance, September 09, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: COC subpoena dated 08/25/2021, Appearance at COC meeting on 09/23/2021, county ordinance section 3.79.070 does not require Sheriff attendance at all meetings.


Sheriff’s letter to the Civilian Oversight Commission regarding voluntary attendance at the COC meeting on 07/15/2021, July 12, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: Sheriff virtual attendance at coc meeting, subject matter expert, homeless crisis


Sheriff’s letter regarding attendance at the COC meeting on May 20, 2021,  April 23, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: Sheriff virtual attendance.


Sheriff’s letter regarding Civilian Oversight Commission’s letter regarding deputy clique policy,  April 20, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: coc april 16, 2021 letter motion on deputy cliques, violation of constitution, exposing lasd to litigation.


Sheriff’s letter regarding Civilian Oversight commission meeting attendance request,  April 12, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: COC letter received April 7,2021, attendance request, regarding your draft police banning deputy cliques, addresses issues left by pas administrations, policy addressing deputy cliques.


Sheriff’s letter regarding a response to the civilian oversight Commission letter regarding deputy clique policyt,  March 17, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: march 16, 2021 COC letter. coc proposed policy banning deputy cliques preamble, video shown to all department members reinforcing deputy clique policy.


Sheriff’s letter to the Civilian Oversight Commission regarding a response to 01/04/2021 letter requesting an explanation on why specific information is not on the Sheriff’s website, January 27, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: deputy names involved in fatal use of force not posted on website, lapd and longbeach pd names, da’s published review, PRA, community complaints on website, complaints by incarcerated people, Deputy gang discipline reports,  jail population report


Sheriff’s letter regarding attendance requested at the February 18, 2021 COC meeting, January 25, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: attendance request scheduled for Feb, 18, 2021, prior obligations, representative to attend on Sheriff’s behalf.


Sheriff’s letter to the Civilian Oversight Commission regarding a request ofr all documents and information regarding a potential policy of equality violation involving Undersheriff Timothy Murakami, January 13, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: POE allegation, legal concerns and pending litigation,


Sheriff’s letter to the Civilian Oversight Commission regarding United States Capitol Breach on 01/06/2021, January 12, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: COC inquiry into LASD investigation to determine if any LASD employees participated in the Capitol breach, Sheriff condemns actions of those who participated in the act,


Sheriff’s letter to the Civilian Oversight Commission regarding COC meeting on 01/21/2021, January 05, 2021. – PDF

Keywords: receipt of COC letter dated DEC 28, 2020, Jan 21,2021  COC meeting, COVID- 19 issues within the LA County Jail System.

Response to the Civilian Oversight Commission’s Executive Director Brian K. Williams and Commission Chair Pati Giggans, regarding Budget Curtailment 2020-2021 Fiscal Year,  May 15, 2020.

Keywords: budget cuts, ceo responses, transparency, administration services division, accurate budget information, covid-19,

Response to the Civilian Oversight Commission’s Request for Sheriff to Appear at Town Hall meeting,  May 12, 2020.

Keywords: request sheriff’s appearance, town hall meeting, altadena station closure, marina del rey station closure,

Response to Executive Director Brian K. Williams regarding COVID-19 response in Jails,  May 8, 2020.

Keywords: coc executive director, subpoena, sheriff or designee, session appearance, covid-19 in jails, executive director unable to appear, active ongoing litigation, cullors lawsuit,

Request from Civilian Oversight Commission requesting a  Custody Health representative, April 23, 2020.

Keywords: virtual meeting participation, covid-19 in jails, lasd custody health services representative, inmate healthcare, dhs, chs, ad hoc meeting,

Request to Civilian Oversight Commission and Office of Inspector General, March 4, 2020.

Keywords: calabasas helicopter crash, kobe bryant, lasd personnel, photograph image of crash scene, explicit photo, administrative action.

Response to Civilian Oversight Commission Meeting Held on January 16, 2020.

Keywords: alleged harassment of families impacted by deputy involved shootings, memorandum of agreement, moa, coc meetings, unprofessional public meeting, oig accusations.

Response to Statements at November 25, 2019 Civilian Oversight Commission Meeting.

Keywords: coc commission meeting, performance recording and monitoring system, moa, coc access to personnel performance index system, ppi.

Response to Civilian Oversight Commission Letter Dated November 25, 2019.

Keywords: request for lasd policies and procedures regarding a security hold on coroner’s report,

Sheriff's Responses to the Governor of California

Sheriff’s letter to the Governor of California Gavin Newsom regarding the Homeless, August 4, 2021.

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Keywords: homeless crisis, california, los angeles county, bos county council, unhoused.

Sheriff's Responses to the Office of Inspector General (OIG)

The Office of Inspector General was created by ordinance in 2014. The OIG’s scope includes matters relevant to the policies, procedures, practices, and operations of the Sheriff’s and Probation departments. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created the Office of Inspector General as part of the Board of Supervisors’ duty to supervise the official conduct of County officers under Government Code section 25303. The Inspector General reports directly to the Board of Supervisors and makes regular reports to the Board on the departments’ operations.

The Sheriff’s responses to OIG are compiled in order to provide easy access to the public and provide transparency and accountability into our policies, procedures, and practices.

Sheriff’s letter to the Office of Inspector General regarding LASD face coverings mandates, August 24, 2020.

Keywords: face covering mandates, debunked video, sassafras saloon event, inquiry.

Sheriff’s response to OIG request for records regarding the Shooting of Andres Guardado, July 8, 2020.

Keywords: oig request of records, deputy involved shooting, andres guardado, ongoing active investigation, government code section 6254(f)

Sheriff’s response to email sent by the Inspector General, March 3, 2020.

keywords: document request regarding an investigation, new version of LA county ordinance 6.44.190.

Response to Initial Implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Process by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the referenced exhibits – from the Office of Inspector General Report dated July 2019.

Keywords: case analysis, mandoyan, domestic incident allegations.

Sheriff's Miscellaneous Responses

The Sheriff’s responses to miscellaneous agencies and departments are compiled in order to provide easy access to the public and provide transparency and accountability into our policies, procedures, and practices.

Sheriff’s letter to Hilda Solis, Chair, Metro Board of Directors regarding Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Intention to Bid on Entire Metro Contract, April 13, 2022. – PDF

keywords: metro bid, security, transit system security.

Sheriff’s letter to Congresswoman Maxine Waters regarding statements made to the media regarding the Los Angeles Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Andres Guardado, December 4, 2020.

keywords: coroner inquest, andres guardado, department of medical examiner/coroner, death investigation, media statements, congresswoman, maxine waters.

Sheriff’s letter to the Acting County Counsel regarding the Coroner’s Inquest of November 30, 2020, December 3, 2020.

keywords: coroner inquest, November 30, 2020, department of medical examiner/coroner, death investigation, county counsel.