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Retirement Announcement
I have been proud and honored to serve the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the people of Los Angeles County for the past 48 years - which has made this decision the most difficult of my professional life.

I am not going to seek re-election to a fifth term as Sheriff, and I will retire at the end of this month.

The reasons for doing so are many, and some are most personal and private, but the prevailing one is the negative perception this upcoming campaign has brought to the exemplary service provided by the men and women of the Sheriff's Department. They have conducted themselves with the utmost integrity and professionalism, resulting in yet another year of historic crime reductions not seen in nearly half-a-century.

Your Sheriff's Department is the greatest law enforcement agency in the nation, and I want to thank the men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice exhibited daily.

To the people of Los Angeles County, I also extend a deep sense of gratitude for allowing me to serve for the past 48 years.

As your elected Sheriff for the past 15 years, I have held fast to the Core Values of this great department.

And they are:

"As a leader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, I commit myself to perform my duties with respect for the dignity of all people, integrity to do right and fight wrongs, wisdom to apply common sense and fairness in all I do, and courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and bigotry in all its forms."

Sheriff Lee Baca

Jan. 7, 2014
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Sheriff's Department Oversight Commission
Years ago, the Rampart Independent Review Panel released their report concerning the operations, policies and procedures of the Los Angeles Police Department in the wake of the Rampart scandal. After reviewing the report, I described to Los Angeles Times Reporter Beth Shuster that independent auditing of the Sheriff's Department's administrative and criminal investigations should be conducted by civil rights trained attorneys. With contemplative reporting from the Times, and support from the Board of Supervisors, the Office of Independent Review was formed. Two prominent civil rights attorneys, Kathy Feng and Stuart Kwoh, assisted in developing protocols to ensure comprehensive oversight of Sheriff's Department investigations, and I believe this process should continue.

Now, in the wake of allegations of misconduct within the Sheriff's Department, Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas has proposed a Sheriff's Department Oversight Commission. This concept is consistent with my view on strengthening transparency and accountability, and would serve to further develop law enforcement skills regarding Constitutional policing, procedural justice, civil rights, and human rights as a whole. A perfect example of developing these skills in law enforcement is the overwhelming success of Education Based Incarceration (EBI). Several years ago when I initially created the program, I received criticism for being a "social worker" to inmates. Yet, the success of EBI has been proven, with Los Angeles County leading the State in crime reductions, and tens of thousands of inmates receiving formal education, anger management, substance abuse treatment, work experience, and other life skills to put them in a better place to stop the cycle of crime when they leave the Los Angeles County jail system.

Effecting positive change in a challenged criminal justice system starts with a willingness to be completely open and transparent about everything, even if the truthfulness and transparency results in identifying areas for improvement or exposing misconduct. Since I am an elected official, I am not afraid of criticism because the public knows their Sheriff will always tell the truth, follow Our Core Values, and continue to work to strengthen public safety and public trust in our Sheriff's Department.

LEROY D. BACA, SHERIFF
Jan. 6, 2014

[Image Hyperlink - A Great Day to Ride in the Rose Parade]Jan. 1, 2014
A Tradition of Service of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department includes horseback patrol since 1850. It was a great day to ride in the Rose Parade with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Mounted Enforcement Detail, and Chief Charlie Beck with the Los Angeles Police Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon. Click on the link for details: http://www.roseparade.net/mediaGuideEquest.asp?id=29

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has the privilege of assisting the Pasadena Police Department http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/police/ each new year with the policing of the Tournament of Roses - Rose Parade https://www.facebook.com/roseparade A great tradition.
PHOTOS--- Click on the below link for 45 photos of the LASD in and at the 2014 Rose Parade: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.799805676713014...
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[Image - All the best in 2014 to the Great Men & Women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department]
All the best in 2014 to the Great Men & Women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
[Image - All the best in 2014 to the Great Men & Women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department]

[Image - Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not Be Tolerated in the City or County of Los Angeles]
Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not Be Tolerated in the City or County of Los Angeles
Dec. 31, 2013
Click on link for details and photos:
http://nixle.com/alert/5115394/
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[Image Hyperlink - Christmas Mass with Archbishop Gomez at Men's Central Jail]Dec. 25, 2013
As part of an annual tradition, I attended Christmas Mass at Men's Central Jail. Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrated mass at 9am with the general population inmates at Men's Central Jail in the 3000 Chapel. This tradition allows the inmates to participate in the holiday ceremony, despite their incarceration.

About Religious Services in the Jail:
The Religious & Volunteer Services Office (RVS) was created to administer the Jail Chaplaincy Program. This program coordinates all religious activity within the jails and ensures that inmates have access to ministers of their own faith. Assisting RVS, in this task, is the "Religious Advisory Council." This is a group of six Liaison Chaplains, representing the Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, Christ Scientist, and Jehovah's Witness faiths. This body sets religious policy within the religious programs, and works closely with the RVS office to resolve conflicts or custody issues. The faiths currently represented in custody are: Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Protestant, Orthodox Jewish, Reform Jewish, Buddhist, Jehovah's Witness, Christ Scientist, Latter Day Saints (Mormon), and Islam. The LASD Jail Chaplaincy Program, administered by the Religious & Volunteer Services Office, meets the spiritual needs of the incarcerated population--whether they belong to a major religion or follow a numerically smaller faith. As an important part of rehabilitation, the Jail Chaplaincy Program helps to reduce recidivism--resulting in lessened crime and fosters stronger, positive community relations.
Click on link for photos: https://twitter.com/LASDHQ/status/415982763620069377/photo/1
[Image Hyperlink - Christmas Mass with Archbishop Gomez at Men's Central Jail]

[Image - Action Committee for Women in Prison & LA Sheriff's Dept. distribute 2,000 Holiday Gift Bags to Female Inmates]
Action Committee for Women in Prison & LA Sheriff's Dept. distribute 2,000 Holiday Gift Bags to Female Inmates
Dec. 20, 2013
The Action Committee for Women in Prison Project (ACWIP) and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department packaged and delivered over 2000 Christmas packages for women incarcerated at the Century Regional Detention Facility of the Los Angeles County jail system in Lynwood.

Although the ACWIP project is in its 14th year of bringing this type of joy to women incarcerated in the prison system during the holiday season, this is the first time that the program has been expanded to include the assembly and delivery of Christmas packages to women housed in our Los Angeles County jail system.

The Holiday Gift Bags contained various donated items which included personal sized coffee, tea, candy, hair care items, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, note paper with envelopes, and Christmas cards.

Sheriff Department employees and volunteers conducted a four hour assembly line filling gift bags on Monday, December 16, 2013 as they were joined by community members from various groups and organizations throughout the county such as the Civilian Advisory Committee, Civilian Training Unit, Inmate Reception Center- Document Control Records Clerks, MERIT (Maximizing Education Reaching Individual Transformation) Program Continuum, and The New You Christian Church.

ACWIP Director, Gloria Killian, hopes that the small token of love from the Department and the Community will remind our inmates of the spirit of the season and give them joy and holiday cheer.
[Image - Action Committee for Women in Prison & LA Sheriff's Dept. distribute 2,000 Holiday Gift Bags to Female Inmates]

[Image Hyperlink - Joined Santa to Bring Toys to 100 Kids at Brooklyn Avenue Early Education Center in East LA]Santa Claus made an appearance at the Brooklyn Avenue Early Education Center in East Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, and handed out toys to over 100 kids.

We look forward to visiting the Brooklyn Avenue Early Education Center to interact with the children. It is indeed a joy to see the smiles on their faces as Santa Claus presents them with gifts provided through the effort of the staff and inmates at our jail facilities, and through the generous donations of Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. I was thrilled to have the pleasure of reliving the excitement of Christmas through a child's eyes and experiencing their enthusiasm as they sang and danced for us. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. generously donated over 150 toys for this Holiday event. The girls were given some of the 1,275 dolls handcrafted by female inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility.
Click on the below link for more details:
http://nixle.com/alert/5113668/
[Image Hyperlink - Joined Santa to Bring Toys to 100 Kids at Brooklyn Avenue Early Education Center in East LA]

[Image - Sheriff's Deputies Load Trucks Full of Toys for Fred Jordan Mission Christmas Giveaway on Skid Row]
Sheriff's Deputies Load Trucks Full of Toys for Fred Jordan Mission Christmas Giveaway on Skid Row
Dec. 16, 2013
The Fred Jordan Mission and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have partnered to help serve the needs of thousands of families in Los Angeles County. Willie, Peter, and Tom Jordan from the Fred Jordan Mission, joined us as we loaded toys in trucks that then went to the Fred Jordan Mission in Downtown Los Angeles to be given to underprivileged children. Each Sheriff's patrol station donated toys and the Century Regional Detention Facility inmates of the LA County jail also made and donated blankets, tote bags and dolls for the children.

For more than 6 years members of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department have volunteered their services at the Fred Jordan Mission. This year the Sheriff's Department assisted at Back-To-School, Thanksgiving and the Harley Toy ride events as part of an on-going partnership with Fred Jordan Mission. The toys will be distributed to thousands of children on Skid Row at the Fred Jordan Mission's 65th Annual World's Largest Toy Party on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

For more information about the Fred Jordan Mission please visit http://www.fjm.org/
[Image - Sheriff's Deputies Load Trucks Full of Toys for Fred Jordan Mission Christmas Giveaway on Skid Row]

[Image - Task Force Charges Against 24 Gang Members in Drug Trafficking Networks: San Gabriel & Antelope Valleys]
Task Force Charges Against 24 Gang Members in Drug Trafficking Networks: San Gabriel & Antelope Valleys
Dec. 12, 2013
Click on the link below for details: http://nixle.com/alert/5106723/
[Image - Task Force Charges Against 24 Gang Members in Drug Trafficking Networks: San Gabriel & Antelope Valleys]

[Image - Deputy David March Memorial Re-Dedicated]
Deputy David March Memorial Re-Dedicated
Dec. 11, 2013
The memorial dedicated to Deputy Dave March was destroyed on November 28, 2013 in an early morning traffic collision. The memorial was originally built by the Irwindale Peace Officers' Association (IPOA) as a tribute to Deputy March following his death in the line of duty at the site.

When the memorial was destroyed, the IPOA, without hesitation, took it upon themselves to rebuild the memorial to continue Deputy March's memory. The entire memorial was rebuilt within one week due to the IPOA's diligence and commitment. Temple Sheriff's Station, as well at the entire Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is forever grateful for the IPOA's initiative and compassion.

The Irwindale Police Officers' Association, in partnership with the Temple Sheriff's Station and the Irwindale Police Department held a brief re-dedication ceremony for the new memorial on Wednesday, December 11th at 10:00 am at the site of the memorial.

The words of Deputy David March are best remembered in the Creed of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Our Creed:

My goals are simple, I will always be painfully honest, work as hard as I can, learn as much as I can and hopefully make a difference in people's lives.

Deputy David W. March EOW April 29, 2002
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[Image - No one is above the law]
No one is above the law
Dec. 9, 2013
While the indictments were not unexpected, it is nevertheless a sad day for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. We do not tolerate misconduct by any deputies. This department is grounded in its core values, namely to honorably perform our duties with respect for the dignity of all people, and integrity to do right and fight wrongs. We have cooperated fully with the federal investigation and will continue to do so.

Please know that I respect the criminal justice system. No one is above the law.

Lee Baca, Sheriff
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[Image - Hawaaian Gardens Bingo Volunteers Recognized for Helping Those in Need]
Hawaaian Gardens Bingo Volunteers Recognized for Helping Those in Need
Dec. 1, 2013
Helping to recognize volunteers from the Hawaaian Gardens Bingo Club who have been volunteering for 25 years.
The Bingo Club is a function of and operated by the Irving Moskowitz Foundation, a Non-Profit Public Charitable Organization which donates to many deserving charities and groups within the community, and is dedicated to improving lives.
[Image - Hawaaian Gardens Bingo Volunteers Recognized for Helping Those in Need]

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Inspector General
Nov. 27, 2013
I applaud the Board of Supervisors' selection of Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman as the new Inspector General of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Mr. Huntsman is a seasoned prosecutor with an extensive background in law enforcement as well as prosecuting corrupt public of?cials. It is a perfect match for this important position. I look forward to cooperating fully and helping Mr. Huntsman succeed as the Inspector General of the best Sheriff's Department in the nation.

[Image - Sheriff's Academy Class #396 Graduates]
Sheriff's Academy Class #396 Graduates
Nov. 26, 2013
It is always a privilege to greet and encourage new deputies and officers on graduation day. They have a big job ahead of them.
Click on the link for photos and details:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.777505202276395...
[Image - Sheriff's Academy Class #396 Graduates]

[Image - Maritime Exercise off the Coast: Emergency Preparedness is an Important Part of our Job]
Maritime Exercise off the Coast: Emergency Preparedness is an Important Part of our Job
Nov. 26, 2013
Homeland Security Oil Platform Training Off the Coast
(Click on the link below to see photos and to read about one of our important Homeland Security missions. This one is off the coast:
https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartme...
[Image - Maritime Exercise off the Coast: Emergency Preparedness is an Important Part of our Job]

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Community Outreach
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
It is a pleasure to meet and talk to community members about their thoughts and concerns. Click on the link for photos and details about our walking and talking today in South Los Angeles:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.511961582244994...
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[Image - Fight For Life to Beat Cancer - LASD V. LAPD Boxing to Help City of Hope]
Fight For Life to Beat Cancer - LASD V. LAPD Boxing to Help City of Hope
Nov. 22, 2013
Each year this fight is held between LASD and LAPD to help the City of Hope fight cancer. Over $1 million has been raised since this good natured match started 20 years ago. Chief Beck and I are both proud of our fighters. In every match, the fight against cancer wins.
* You can help fight cancer without steppin into the ring. Click here: http://www.cityofhope.org/giving
* Photo Album from the Fight For Life, click on the link here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.774640409229541...
[Image - Fight For Life to Beat Cancer - LASD V. LAPD Boxing to Help City of Hope]

[Image - March Against Prostitution in Compton]
March Against Prostitution in Compton
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2013
We are looking to punish "Johns" and put them in jail for a long time. Our children are not for sale.
RALLY AND MARCH AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN
When: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
Time: 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Rally begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Long Beach Blvd. from Palmer St. in Compton to Carlin Ave. in Lynwood (Helen Keller Elementary School)
*Assembling at 217 N. Long Beach Blvd., Compton, CA 90221
Parking available at 3521 Palm Ave, Lynwood, CA 90262
(Helen Keller Elementary School)
*Shuttles will be provided
[Image - March Against Prostitution in Compton]

[Image - Congratulations to LASD Deputy Sheriff Elton R. Simmons, NLEOMF's November 2013 Officer of the Month-]
Congratulations to LASD Deputy Sheriff Elton R. Simmons, NLEOMF's November 2013 Officer of the Month-
Congratulations to LASD Deputy Sheriff Elton Simmons, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, November 2013 Officer of the Month-
* Click on this link to read why his efforts are an example to all peace officers:
http://www.nleomf.org/officers/month/otm-archive/november...
And to bring a smile to your face, watch this CBS interview with Deputy Simmons and to hear from the public too:
* No complaints about this traffic cop (Video)http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57518127/no-complai...
[Image - Congratulations to LASD Deputy Sheriff Elton R. Simmons, NLEOMF's November 2013 Officer of the Month-]

[Image - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Launches Initiative to Reduce Recidivism in California]
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Launches Initiative to Reduce Recidivism in California
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2013
I appreciate the leadership of California Attorney General Kamala Harris in focusing our collective attention to best practices to reduce recidivism and crime in our communities. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been a national leader in rehabilitating jail inmates while incarcerated, and those efforts will only be enhanced with proven re-entry strategies focusing on helping offenders be successful upon release from jails and prisons.
* Click on the link below to read more about the Initiative of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to Reduce Recidivism in California:
http://1.usa.gov/1aKW62X
[Image - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Launches Initiative to Reduce Recidivism in California]

[Image - Award for Battling Counterfeit Goods - LASD Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau, Counterfeit & Piracy Enforcement Team (CAPE)]
Award for Battling Counterfeit Goods - LASD Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau, Counterfeit & Piracy Enforcement Team (CAPE)
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2013
The diligent and successful anti-counterfeiting efforts of the LASD - Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau, Counterfeit and Piracy Enforcement Team (CAPE) resulted in a well-deserved award from Rolex Watch USA Incorporated. The LASD COPS CAPE Team was recognized as a leader in protecting those who manufacture the authentic products.

Since its inception in 2009, the CAPE Team has served 98 search warrants, made over 200 arrests, and seized over $123 million in counterfeit merchandise. Perhaps the most troubling is the widespread threat that counterfeiting poses to public health and safety. Many consumers believe sharing copyrighted music, movies, or buying an imitation purse doesn't feel like stealing. Few consumers genuinely appreciate the significance, scope, or the consequences for counterfeiting and piracy. Many counterfeit products contain high toxic levels of lead...
Click here to read more about the importance of these efforts:
https://local.nixle.com/alert/5094882/
[Image - Award for Battling Counterfeit Goods - LASD Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau, Counterfeit & Piracy Enforcement Team (CAPE)]

[Image - Detecting Nuclear Materials That May Be Out of Regulatory Control]
Detecting Nuclear Materials That May Be Out of Regulatory Control
Nov. 19, 2013
The Domestic Nuclear Office of the Department of Homeland Security announced, with Mayor Eric Garcetti, me, and other local leaders, a grant award that will fund the detection of nuclear materials that may be out of regulatory control. This prevention tool will protect Southern California residents.
Here is a video from the announcement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef0MPUTtm_U&list=UUlrCXRur...
News Release
http://www.lamayor.org/mayor_garcetti_announces_grant_to_... and
http://nixle.com/alert/5096859/
[Image - Detecting Nuclear Materials That May Be Out of Regulatory Control]

[Image - Reserve Sheriff's Deputies Recognition]
Reserve Sheriff's Deputies Recognition
Nov. 13, 2013
Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spent an evening recognizing the amazing contribution all of our reserve deputy sheriffs do for the organization and the community. Thank you to all reserve deputies for your dedication to the community. For more information please check out the Reserve Forces Bureau site: http://www.lasdreserve.org/
Click here to see a photo album from the event:
https://www.facebook.com/AltadenaSheriffsStation#!/media/...
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[Icon - LA Mayor hosted presentation by me for County Mayors - new & futuristic approach to transform the culture of custody facilities]
LA Mayor hosted presentation by me for County Mayors - new & futuristic approach to transform the culture of custody facilities
Recently, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hosted a presentation by me for County Mayors who presented a new and futuristic approach to transform the culture of custody facilities in order to provide a safe, secure learning environment for inmates to deal with the growing recidivism rate and a diverse and growing inmate and probationary population.

I also discussed the ongoing empowerment and training of staff to provide a greater level of professionalism and service consistent with Core Values related to a greater emphasis on the appropriate and ongoing evaluation techniques, treatment, and care applied to inmates.

[Image - 45 Recruits Graduate from the Sheriff's Academy in Santa Clarita]
45 Recruits Graduate from the Sheriff's Academy in Santa Clarita
Nov. 8, 2013
Our Core Values
As a leader in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, I commit myself to honorably perform my duties with respect for the dignity of all people, integrity to do right and fight wrongs, wisdom to apply common sense and fairness in all I do and courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and bigotry in all its forms.
* Click here for PHOTO ALBUM:
https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartme...
[Image - 45 Recruits Graduate from the Sheriff's Academy in Santa Clarita]

[Image - LEEDIR - Large Emergency Event Digital Info. Repository: new system for crowdsourcing video]
LEEDIR - Large Emergency Event Digital Info. Repository: new system for crowdsourcing video
Nov. 1, 2013
LEEDIR - Large Emergency Event Digital Info. Repository: new system for crowdsourcing video
Through SENDUS, LEEDIR's next generation video-capture program can turn virtually any smartphone into a powerful crime fighting and life-saving tool. The value of eyewitness-generated video in solving crimes and protecting public safety has been proven time and again, from the Boston Marathon attack to a host of other crimes and emergency situations. LEEDIR will provide a secure, centralized web location for citizens to come forward with videos and photos. It will be easy to use, secure and technologically robust. The process for submitting content to law enforcement will be familiar to anyone who's ever uploaded video to YouTube or shared it with friends via social media. We are deeply grateful to SendUs and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for making this innovative public safety tool available.
Click on the link for the details:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQFMFgQnqXc
[Image - LEEDIR - Large Emergency Event Digital Info. Repository: new system for crowdsourcing video]

[Image - Medal of Valor - True Stories of Bravery by the Deputies of the LASD]
Medal of Valor - True Stories of Bravery by the Deputies of the LASD
October 29, 2013
The bravery of these deputies is truly admirable. Each story is one of dedication and bravery. I was humbled to present them with their Medals of Valor.
* Click here to read these true stories of valor: http://sheriff.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lasd/media/detail/...
* PHOTO ALBUM from the Medal of Valor Ceremony. Click here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.774640409229541...
[Image - Medal of Valor - True Stories of Bravery by the Deputies of the LASD]

[Image - On Monday, October 28, I testified before the L.A. County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection]
On Monday, October 28, I testified before the L.A. County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection
As the Chairman of the County Interagency Child Abuse Network (all government and community-based organizations) sheriff's deputies are required to respond to a call of suspected child abuse and complete an investigative report whether or not a crime has occurred. All reports will be shared with the Department of Children and Family Services.

[Image - "Back on My Feet" Launch Run/Walk with the Homeless]
"Back on My Feet" Launch Run/Walk with the Homeless
Monday, October 28, I ran the "Back on My Feet" Launch Run/Walk with the Homeless at the L.A State Historic Park next to Chinatown and the Home Boy Industries. Over 100 runners participated including homeless people http://la.backonmyfeet.org/event/la-la-inaugural-run

[Image - Thank you Coach Gene Stallings for your inspiring comments to youth]
Thank you Coach Gene Stallings for your inspiring comments to youth
October 23, 2013
Thank you Hall of Fame Coach Gene Stallings for your inspiring comments to youth of the Centennial High Football Team.
[Image - Thank you Coach Gene Stallings for your inspiring comments to youth]

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Teamwork - LASD and the Special Olympics
October 12, 2013
I'm proud of the men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as well as the athletes of the Special Olympics. Great teamwork. Thank you Red Robin Restaurants for your partnership with Tip-A-Cop that benefits these great athletes. Click on the link for details about this events: http://1.usa.gov/1gzG4MF See PHOTOS: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.746025328757716...
[Image - Teamwork - LASD and the Special Olympics]

[Image - Meeting with Sweden Chief Inspectors]
Meeting with Sweden Chief Inspectors
Oct. 11, 2013
Interesting discussion with Sweden Chief Inspectors to discuss many topics of mutual concern and their visit with LASD units. http://polisen.se/Stockholms_lan/Om-polisen/lan/St/op/Pol...
[Image - Meeting with Sweden Chief Inspectors]

[Icon - Panel sponsored by the Stanford School of Medicine: Inmates with Mental Illness]
Panel sponsored by the Stanford School of Medicine: Inmates with Mental Illness
On October 10, 2013, I participated in a panel sponsored by the Stanford School of Medicine where inmates with mentally illness were the subject. Our County jail is the largest mental health hospital in the nation. Community-based mental health services are a major priority of mine. Many homeless are mentally ill with re-occurring disorders. Long-term treatment is necessary for those afflicted. We have to do better with this at-risk population and not have jails serve as the only solution. Better ideas are welcomed. *Stanford Health Policy Forum (SHPF) - Serious Mental Illness: How Can We Promote Public Health and Public Safety? http://healthpolicyforum.stanford.edu/

[Image - Meeting with Bahrain Dignitaries]
Meeting with Bahrain Dignitaries
Oct. 4, 2013
Public Safety is not the sole domain of one country. Today I met with Nawaf Al Moawda, Ombudsman; Abdulrahman Ali Belal Fares, Director of Complaints Directorate, Bahrain.
Police accountability is of great concern worldwide. The Sheriff's Department's International Police Diplomacy Unit is managed by Reserve Chief Matt Wollman. Members of the County Office of Independent Review were present sharing advice.
[Image - Meeting with Bahrain Dignitaries]

[Image - 2012 Hate Crime Report - Los Angeles County]
2012 Hate Crime Report - Los Angeles County
Oct. 2, 2013 I was proud to stand with other elected officials and civic leaders in our united effort to reduce hate crimes.
* 2012 Hate Crime Report - Los Angeles County http://humanrelations.co.la.ca.us/hatecrime/reports/2012_...
* Since 1980, the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations has compiled, analyzed, and produced an annual report of hate crime data submitted by sheriff and city police agencies, educational institutions, and community-based organizations http://humanrelations.co.la.ca.us/
* What is a Hate Crime?
According to California state law, hate crime charges may be filed when there is evidence that bias, hatred, or prejudice based on the victim's real or perceived race/ethnicity, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation is a substantial factor in the commission of the offense.
[Image - 2012 Hate Crime Report - Los Angeles County]

[Image - Cold Case Homicide Detectives Honored for Solving 1985 Homicide]
Cold Case Homicide Detectives Honored for Solving 1985 Homicide
Oct. 2, 2013
Sheriff's Homicide Sgt. Delores Scott and Sgt. Tim Miley are seen in this photo along with Detective Divison Commander Tracee Allen during recognition for the investigators solving of the 1985 Sohus Homicide case. Please click on the link below to read the details of their dogged policework:
http://nixle.com/alert/5072429/
[Image - Cold Case Homicide Detectives Honored for Solving 1985 Homicide]

[Image - Lifesaving Bravery - Deputies Rescue Woman from Burning Condo Before Explosion]
Lifesaving Bravery - Deputies Rescue Woman from Burning Condo Before Explosion
Great story of the lifesaving bravery so often exhibited by deputies ---
Santa Clarita Sheriff's Deputies Rescue Woman from Burning Condo (Click on link for details:
https://local.nixle.com/alert/5071202/
(Sept. 30, 2013)
[Image - Lifesaving Bravery - Deputies Rescue Woman from Burning Condo Before Explosion]

[Image - 30-35-40 Years of Service Recognition Luncheon]
30-35-40 Years of Service Recognition Luncheon
Oct. 2, 2013
We had a great luncheon and an opportunity to thank dozens of dedicated employees and their families for their many years of service with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 30-35-40 year recognition awards and my thanks were given to these hard working men and women who have given so much to the people of Los Angeles County.
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[Image - Congratulations to Hermosa Beach Chief of Police Sharon Papa]
Congratulations to Hermosa Beach Chief of Police Sharon Papa
Sept. 14 2013
Congratulations to Hermosa Beach Chief of Police Sharon Papa sworn in on Tuesday.
[Image - Congratulations to Hermosa Beach Chief of Police Sharon Papa]

[Image - Truancy Hurts Education]
Truancy Hurts Education
I attended a seminar at the California Endowment hosted by Dr. Robert K. Ross, MD. on September 30, 2013. California Attorney General Kamala Harris unveiled her study on the impact of truancy. Eighty-two percent of incarcerated people are high school dropouts. I will work with school districts to reduce the dropout rate. http://nixle.com/alert/5071030/
Click on the below links for the Attorney General's statement and study:
Report on California Elementary School Truancy Crisis: One Million Truant Students, Billions in Economic Harm
http://oag.ca.gov/truancy
Information broken down by school district and county is available here: https://oag.ca.gov/truancy and: https://oag.ca.gov/truancy/ch1
[Image - Truancy Hurts Education]

[Image - Interfaith Press Conference to Promote Peace - We will continue to send the best message possible of collaboration & dialogue to prevent crime...]
Interfaith Press Conference to Promote Peace - We will continue to send the best message possible of collaboration & dialogue to prevent crime...
Sept. 27, 2013 In a strong show of support and unity, the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, City Officials along with regional and national law enforcement executives and diverse faith leaders, reaffirmed religious freedoms and respect along all sectarian lines to deliver the message of partnership, peace, and solidarity. (Click on link:)http://lapdblog.typepad.com/lapd_blog/2013/09/interfaith-... (
We are blessed in Los Angeles to have faith leaders who harmonize with each other. We all believe it's better to prevent something from happening rather than to respond to it.
My many colleagues in law enforcement, elected officials, faith leaders, and I will continue to send the best message possible of collaboration and dialogue, to prevent crime and violence against all people of all faiths.
For more information about our partnership with the interfaith community:
* Sheriff's Executive Multi Faith Clergy Council
http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_183144.pdf
* Muslim Community Affairs Unit - LASD
http://shq.lasdnews.net/pages/patrolstation.aspx?id=MCA
* SHARE Tolerance - Stop Hate And Respect Everyone
http://sharetolerance.com/
[Image - Interfaith Press Conference to Promote Peace - We will continue to send the best message possible of collaboration & dialogue to prevent crime...]

[Image - Sheriff's Youth Foundation fundraising dinner - These young people are inspiring.]
Sheriff's Youth Foundation fundraising dinner - These young people are inspiring.
The Sheriff's Youth Foundation held a fundraising dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013. Teens at our youth centers spoke about their problems, how deputies and volunteers helped them manage their problems, and what their future aspirations were. These young people are inspiring.
Photo album from the event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.653507371337086...
http://sheriffsyouthfoundation.org/
https://www.facebook.com/SheriffsYouthFoundation
https://twitter.com/sheriffyouth
Booklet - Sheriff's Youth Foundation 2012-2013 Programs --- The Sheriff's Youth Foundation provides leadership and life skills training to the youth of Los Angeles through seven great programs! Find out more by reading about each program in this overview brochure.
http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_188055.pdf
[Image - Sheriff's Youth Foundation fundraising dinner - These young people are inspiring.]

[Image - Didi Hirsch Foundation 5K Race dedicated to preventing suicide]
Didi Hirsch Foundation 5K Race dedicated to preventing suicide
On Sunday morning, September 22nd, I ran a 5k race for the Didi Hirsch Foundation dedicated to preventing suicide. Human safety is my top priority. Deep depression threatens one's safety.
* Didi Hirsch's 15th Annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention http://www.didihirsch.org/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alive-Running-5K-WalkRun-f...
https://twitter.com/Alive_Running5K
https://twitter.com/didihirsch
[Image - Didi Hirsch Foundation 5K Race dedicated to preventing suicide]

[Image - Looking forward to speaking at the Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride. Malibu.Sun,Sept.22 Fight Mesothelioma]
Looking forward to speaking at the Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride. Malibu.Sun,Sept.22 Fight Mesothelioma
Looking forward to speaking at the Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride in Malibu to congratulate and thank all the participants helping to raise money for this worthy cause. The ride is from Marina del Rey to Malibu. Sun, Sept.22, 2013. Fight Mesothelioma (Click on the link for event details: http://thegreatestescape.org/Home.html
[Image - Looking forward to speaking at the Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride. Malibu.Sun,Sept.22 Fight Mesothelioma]

[Image - It was a nice event with LDS Church Leaders Saturday, who were very kind in their comments]
It was a nice event with LDS Church Leaders Saturday, who were very kind in their comments
Sept. 14 2013
It was a nice event with leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, who were very kind in their comments to me. Many consuls general and international diplomats who are posted in Los Angeles also attended, as did members of city governments. Here is an article about the event in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865586436/LDS-Church-r... (Photo courtesy of LDS Church)
[Image - It was a nice event with LDS Church Leaders Saturday, who were very kind in their comments]

[Image - 9/11 Remembrance Night at Dodgers Stadium]
9/11 Remembrance Night at Dodgers Stadium
Sept. 11 2013
9/11 Remembrance Night at Dodgers Stadium (Click on link for LASD photos:) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.728183680541881...
We Remember 9/11, the lives lost and the lives changed. Our nation changed forever that day.

https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment
https://www.facebook.com/thelapd
https://www.facebook.com/LACoFD
https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesFireDepartment
[Image - 9/11 Remembrance Night at Dodgers Stadium]

[Icon - Attended the Philippine-American Expo., then the Brent Shapiro Foundation fundraiser]
Attended the Philippine-American Expo., then the Brent Shapiro Foundation fundraiser
I attended the 28th Annual Philippine-American Exposition at the L.A. Convention Center on Saturday, September 7, 2013 (Link to info: http://www.philippineamericanexpo.com/). Los Angeles County is the diversity capitol of the world. The Philippine society is the largest Asian population in the United States. The Expo emphasized the home, health, jobs, and commerce.

In the evening, I attended the Brent Shapiro Foundation fundraiser which supports alcohol and drug awareness. $500,000 was raised. (Link to info: http://brentshapiro.org/)

[Icon - Sheriff Lee Baca: Why I'm Running (the Nautica Malibu Triathlon) Again]
Sheriff Lee Baca: Why I'm Running (the Nautica Malibu Triathlon) Again
Sept. 6, 2013 Interview with Los Angeles magazine about Fitness and Running (Click on the link: http://www.lamag.com/citythink/citythinkblog/2013/09/06/s...

[Image - Ex-Offenders Graduate EBI "Emerging Leaders Academy" at LASD Headquarters]
Ex-Offenders Graduate EBI "Emerging Leaders Academy" at LASD Headquarters
Sept. 5, 2013
The rate of recidivism is crushing our jail system and costing taxpayers. Sheriff's Deputies and our partners with the Emerging Leaders Academy are changing that: (Click on link for details and Photos: http://local.nixle.com/alert/5058834/
Education Based Incarceration
http://www.EBI.lasd.org
https://www.facebook.com/EBI
https://twitter.com/EBILASD
[Image - Ex-Offenders Graduate EBI "Emerging Leaders Academy" at LASD Headquarters]

[Image - Pre-School Education - I would rather invest in children than in jails]
Pre-School Education - I would rather invest in children than in jails
Sept. 3, 2013 Today, I was interviewed by Mr. Greg Toppo of USA Today concerning the value of pre-school education.

As the National Board Chairman of "Fight Crime - Invest in Kids," http://www.fightcrime.org/ I learned that studies indicate a higher risk of crime by adults who dropped-out of school. Forty to sixty percent of our country's incarcerated men and women are school drop-outs.

Lyndsey Layton, an accomplished education reporter for the Washington Post also interviewed me regarding poverty, early education, and my support for President Obama's early education funding proposal on a national level. In her article below, one of the quots she included from me is "Either you have to pay now (for preschool), or you're going to have to pay a guy like me later,"
L.A. sheriff: Pay for preschool, not prisons (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/2013/09/03/...

Law Enforcement Leaders Release Report Showing Administration's Early Learning Proposal Could Lead to 200,000 Fewer Prisoners Each Year: http://www.fightcrime.org/law-enforcement-leaders-release...
[Image - Pre-School Education - I would rather invest in children than in jails]

[Icon - Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable - Washington Commemoration Stand-In for Jobs and Freedom]
Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable - Washington Commemoration Stand-In for Jobs and Freedom
I am always grateful for the opportunity to meet and stand for justice for people who strive to seek justice. ***
Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable - Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Will Join March on Washington Commemoration Stand-In for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 2013 (Details: http://www.laupr.org/la-sheriff-baca-joins-march-coomemor...
***Letter***
I want to personally thank you and the men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for your attendance and for your outstanding help in making the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable's 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the March on Washington a resounding and moving success. Your commitment to equal justice and opportunity is a tribute to your leadership.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson
National Commentator and Radio Host
The Hutchinson Report

[Image - New LA Sheriff's Parks Patrol Substation at Castaic Lake]
New LA Sheriff's Parks Patrol Substation at Castaic Lake
A new LASD Parks Bureau patrol substation at Castaic Lake was recently opened by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonich. The many improvements have made the Castaic Lake area safer for the public and for deputies. (Click on link for details: http://nixle.com/alert/5056648/
[Image - New LA Sheriff's Parks Patrol Substation at Castaic Lake]

[Image - Each & every victim of Human Trafficking is a story of human tragedy. Two survivors rescued]
Each & every victim of Human Trafficking is a story of human tragedy. Two survivors rescued
Sept. 1, 2013 Family, community and schools need to work together with us to stop Human Trafficking. Each and every victim is a story of human tragedy.
Click on the link below to read about a recent rescue of two victims and related arrests for Human Trafficking. Also, links to important information and efforts being made to combat the misery that is Human Trafficking.
http://local.nixle.com/alert/5056715/
[Image - Each & every victim of Human Trafficking is a story of human tragedy. Two survivors rescued]

[Image - Great rescue of woman missing 11 days. Found in Angeles Forest by LASD CV Montrose Search & Rescue]
Great rescue of woman missing 11 days. Found in Angeles Forest by LASD CV Montrose Search & Rescue
Aug 30, 2013 Great work by our persistent Search & Rescue teams who were out in nearly 100 degree heat in the Switzer Picnic area in the Angeles National Forest searching until the missing Placentia woman was found. Click on the link for photos and the story of the rescue from Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station:
30 Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.436635236453466...
Details:
https://local.nixle.com/alert/5056012/
[Image - Great rescue of woman missing 11 days. Found in Angeles Forest by LASD CV Montrose Search & Rescue]

[Image - Website,Facebook,Twitter,YouTube,Pinterest: Education Based Incarceration in the Los Angeles County Jails]
Website,Facebook,Twitter,YouTube,Pinterest: Education Based Incarceration in the Los Angeles County Jails
Website,Facebook,Twitter,YouTube,Pinterest: Education Based Incarceration in the Los Angeles County Jails http://nixle.com/alert/5053164/
Education-Based Incarceration (EBI) is changing the way we incarcerate in the Los Angeles County jails. EBI focuses on reducing and mitigating crime by investing in its offenders through education and rehabilitation. EBI is funded through Inmate Welfare Funds, which are managed by the LASD Inmate Welfare Commission.

Click on the below links to read and see photos and videos from the Education Based Incarceration programs that over 7,000 inmates are involved in, with the dedicated assistance of Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept. personnel.

Education Based Incarceration Bureau
Custody Services Division - Specialized Programs
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
(213) 473-2999
Website http://www.EBI.lasd.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EBILASD
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EBILASD
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/la-county-jails/
YouTube Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6KI9ycZyWo
[Image - Website,Facebook,Twitter,YouTube,Pinterest: Education Based Incarceration in the Los Angeles County Jails]

[Image - City of Compton and Sheriff's Meeting: Partnership to make the city safer from crime]
City of Compton and Sheriff's Meeting: Partnership to make the city safer from crime
Aug 29, 2013
I met with Compton Mayor Aja Brown and Compton City officials and discussed gang related homicides in the city and our partnership to make the city safer.

In addition to Mayor Brown were Compton District 1 Council Member Janna Zurita, District 2 Council Member Issac Galvan, City Manager G. Harold Duffey, Assistant City Manager Terrance Davis; and City Attorney Craig Cornell. Also from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were LASD Central Patrol Division Chief Kevin Goran and Compton Sheriff's Station Captain Leonard McCray.

Compton Sheriff's Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
301 S. Willowbrook Ave., Compton, CA 90220
310-605-6500
http://www.Compton.lasd.org
http://www.lasd.org
LASD Text & Email (Register at http://www.Nixle.com :
http://local.nixle.com/lasd---compton-station-los-angeles...
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ComptonSheriffStation
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ComptonLASD
[Image - City of Compton and Sheriff's Meeting: Partnership to make the city safer from crime]

[Image - Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chabad Los Angeles.]
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chabad Los Angeles.
Aug 28, 2013 Joined Rabbi Cunin and other caring people to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chabad Los Angeles. Well wishes to all my friends at L'Shanah Tovah. Happy and Healthy New Year!
[Image - Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chabad Los Angeles.]

[Image - Seven Promotions to Lieutenant Today]
Seven Promotions to Lieutenant Today
Aug 28, 2013 It was a pleasure to congratulate seven new lieutenants (promoted from sergeant) at the Executive Planning Council meeting this morning.
[Image - Seven Promotions to Lieutenant Today]

[Image - Meeting with Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico, to Discuss Crime Reduction Technology]
Meeting with Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico, to Discuss Crime Reduction Technology
Aug 27, 2013 This afternoon I met with Vicente Fox who served as President of Mexico from 2000-2006. We met with several experts at Sheriff's Headquarters and discussed technology to reduce crime and gang violence.

Police Diplomacy - A Global Trust
Diplomatic relationships have long been the foundation of trust between nations. The interchanging of police resources, training, and experience between nations will enhance public participation and provide a safer, more secure community regardless of geopolitical borders. http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_144940.pdf
[Image - Meeting with Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico, to Discuss Crime Reduction Technology]

[Image - Exemplary & Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony for LASD Employees]
Exemplary & Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony for LASD Employees
Aug 27, 2013 This morning, there was a recognition ceremony for LASD employees. I am consistently impressed with the excellence of LASD employees. (I will soon post more photos and summaries of why these dedicated personnel were recognized for their Exemplary and Distinguished Service.)
[Image - Exemplary & Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony for LASD Employees]

[Image - Exchanging Ideas With New Zealand New Zealand Police & Corrections Minister and Member of Parliament Anne Tolley]
Exchanging Ideas With New Zealand New Zealand Police & Corrections Minister and Member of Parliament Anne Tolley
Aug 24, 2013 Anne Tolley, New Zealand Police & Corrections Minister and Member of Parliament met at Los Angeles County Sheriff's Headquarters with Education Based Incarceration http://www.EBI.lasd.org/ and gang intervention deputies.

Among her comments and observations about our discussions:
"Talked to LASD about their education programs in jails to reduce reoffending. That's our focus too in New Zealand."
"There are three charter schools run in jails by LASD."
"Great quote from meetings with LASD: 'Education is an important tool for fighting crime."
"Inspirational deputies in the LASD talked about their great results in steering kids away from gang life." http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_188055.pdf and http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_149976.pdf

New Zealand News Release: Police Minister to investigate US gang strategies http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=41758
http://www.police.govt.nz/
https://www.facebook.com/honannetolley
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneTolleyMP

Police Diplomacy - A Global Trust
Diplomatic relationships have long been the foundation of trust between nations. The interchanging of police resources, training, and experience between nations will enhance public participation and provide a safer, more secure community regardless of geopolitical borders. http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_144940.pdf
[Image - Exchanging Ideas With New Zealand New Zealand Police & Corrections Minister and Member of Parliament Anne Tolley]

[Image - Great to see the Progress on the Hall of Justice]
Great to see the Progress on the Hall of Justice
I am looking forward to returning to the Hall of Justice in late 2014. Fascinating history in an estraordinary building. Lots of progress is being made toards its completion. Click on the link for photos details: http://nixle.com/alert/5048957/ 211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles in the downtown Civic Center.
[Image - Great to see the Progress on the Hall of Justice]

[Image - Meetings with all LASD Captains and Directors]
Meetings with all LASD Captains and Directors
Posted: Aug 13, 2013 We discussed leadership, hard work, courageous conversations, good health, and using our minds well. Greatness is not about being perfect, it's about responsibility, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has a lot of responsibility.
[Image - Meetings with all LASD Captains and Directors]

[Image - 20 Police Officers from 10 Agencies Graduate LA Sheriff's Academy]
20 Police Officers from 10 Agencies Graduate LA Sheriff's Academy
It is always a pleasure to congratulate new academy graduates as they look forward to a rewarding career (Click on the link to see photos and details)
https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartme... and
http://nixle.com/alert/5048783/
[Image - 20 Police Officers from 10 Agencies Graduate LA Sheriff's Academy]

[Image - Another Great National Night Out with Community Members in Rosemead]
Another Great National Night Out with Community Members in Rosemead
August 6, 2013
It was a great evening with Rosemead city council (photo) and community members at Zapopan Park http://on.fb.me/192g9c3. It is a real pleasure seeing people getting to know each other and enjoying their community. Many more events were held throughout LA County: http://nixle.com/alert/5043543/
[Image - Another Great National Night Out with Community Members in Rosemead]

[Image - Enjoying National Night Out in South El Monte]
Enjoying National Night Out in South El Monte
August 6, 2013
Tonight I first went to South El Monte City Hall and spent time with community members and city council members (photo) outdoors. Great festive atmosphere with music and nice people enjoying the evening. http://on.fb.me/14ilJ93 There were dozens and dozens of NNO events throughout Los Angeles County enjoyed by thousands of people: http://nixle.com/alert/5043543/
[Image - Enjoying National Night Out in South El Monte]

[Image - Clergy meeting]
Clergy meeting
August 6, 2013
Meeting with the hundreds of members of the Clergy Council is always a pleasure. Great conversation and feedback builds bridges through faiths.
Executive Clergy Council: http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_183144.pdf
[Image - Clergy meeting]

[Image - 13 Linked to Mexican Mafia and La Familia Indicted after Investigation]
13 Linked to Mexican Mafia and La Familia Indicted after Investigation
August 6, 2013
The successful results of this joint operation allowed law enforcement to intervene in the development of a very strong and powerful merger between dangerous criminal organizations. We believe that we have initiated a crippling effect to those members who are still loyal to the Mexican Mafia criminal organization. Here is the news release from our federal partners:
13 Linked to Mexican Mafia and La Familia Indicted after Investigation Reveals Plot to Join Forces to Expand Drug Cartel's Presence in U.S.
(Click on the link for details: http://www.justice.gov/usao/cac/Pressroom/2013/100.html More photos: http://nixle.com/alert/5044190/
[Image - 13 Linked to Mexican Mafia and La Familia Indicted after Investigation]

[Image - Join Us For National Night Out on Tues, Aug. 6]
Join Us For National Night Out on Tues, Aug. 6
Click on the link for locations: http://local.nixle.com/alert/5043543/
[Image - Join Us For National Night Out on Tues, Aug. 6]

[Image - 17 Reserve Sheriff's Deputies & Police Officers from Six Policing Agencies Graduate Sheriff's Academy]
17 Reserve Sheriff's Deputies & Police Officers from Six Policing Agencies Graduate Sheriff's Academy
August 5, 2013
Reserve sheriff's deputies and police officers are extremely dedicated. It was my pleasure to speak to them at their graduation. For $1 a year these reserves risk their lives and give their time to their communities. What a commitment!
There are over 850 Reserve Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies who work patrol, jails, Search and Rescue, motorcycle patrol, mounted posse, investigations, and more, as respected team members of the second largest policing agency in the nation. (Click on the link for photos and details about what these new reserves will have the opportunity to do: http://local.nixle.com/alert/5046544/
[Image - 17 Reserve Sheriff's Deputies & Police Officers from Six Policing Agencies Graduate Sheriff's Academy]

[Image - Interview By Women Journalism Students From China]
Interview By Women Journalism Students From China
I was interviewed by women journalism students from China on Thursday, August 1, 2013. They were 19 and 20 years old. A lot of questions were asked about the Sheriff's Department and our outreach to the Chinese society. They were hosted by George Bao - a veteran local reporter.
[Image - Interview By Women Journalism Students From China]

[Image - Thanks to VIDA, These Youths Have a Brighter Future Ahead For Them]
Thanks to VIDA, These Youths Have a Brighter Future Ahead For Them
VIDA helps 11-17 year old youths who come from broken homes or lack parental involvement, and are often referred to VIDA by the courts and other government agencies. The recent graduation of the 125-student Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) Youth Class No. 25 from throughout LA County shows a brighter future for these young people and their families. Their commitment is matched by the commitment of many dedicated professionals of the Sheriff's Department who really care. Click here to read the details and find a VIDA site near you:
http://local.nixle.com/alert/5042950/ For more about the many great programs and successes of the Sheriff's Youth Foundation, click here: http://sheriffsyouthfoundation.org/
[Image - Thanks to VIDA, These Youths Have a Brighter Future Ahead For Them]

[Image - Two LA Sheriff's Jail Programs Receive Awards from the National Association of Counties: Inmate Education + Tattoo Removal]
Two LA Sheriff's Jail Programs Receive Awards from the National Association of Counties: Inmate Education + Tattoo Removal
I am proud of the outstanding innovations of the members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. These new jail programs are changing lives. Thank you to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the National Association of Counties for recognizing the efforts of these great employees: Click on this link for details on the MERIT Master's Inmate Education and Inmate Tattoo Removal Programs: http://nixle.com/alert/5042356/ (July 20, 2013)
[Image - Two LA Sheriff's Jail Programs Receive Awards from the National Association of Counties: Inmate Education + Tattoo Removal]

[Image - Attorney General Awards of VALOR & Commendation for LASD Deputies & Citizen]
Attorney General Awards of VALOR & Commendation for LASD Deputies & Citizen
Deputies, Reserve deputies, a youth Explorer, and a private citizen recently received well deserved honors for VALOR from California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Please click on the link to read their stories of courage and dedication: http://local.nixle.com/alert/5042627/ (July 25, 2013)
[Image - Attorney General Awards of VALOR & Commendation for LASD Deputies & Citizen]

[Image Hyperlink - Traffic Safety Award Means Lives Are Being Saved Through the Dedicated Efforts of LASD Deputies]July 31, 2013
The hard work of L.A. Sheriff's deputies dedicated to traffic enforcement through the Traffic Services Detail of the LASD Risk Management Bureau, and as the sole traffic officers for 42 cities, is saving lives through prevention and enforcement efforts. The recognition of this focused effort, day and night, is greatly appreciated and helps to motivate everyone to continue to expand our efforts: 1st Place Honors for Overall Traffic Safety Efforts Award through the Special California Law Enforcement Challenge, earned by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
(Click on link for the details: http://nixle.com/alert/5040628/
[Image Hyperlink - Traffic Safety Award Means Lives Are Being Saved Through the Dedicated Efforts of LASD Deputies]

[Image - 5,495 Guns & Weapons Melted Into Rebar Today Will be Used to Build Highway Bridges]
5,495 Guns & Weapons Melted Into Rebar Today Will be Used to Build Highway Bridges
July 30, 2013
The collection of weapons can be attributed to the hard work of law enforcement officers throughout Los Angeles County. These weapons that you see here will never again be used to commit a crime or used to threaten or intimidate an innocent victim. (Click on link: http://nixle.com/alert/5040763/
[Image - 5,495 Guns & Weapons Melted Into Rebar Today Will be Used to Build Highway Bridges]

[Image - Lifesaving Awards, 35 Lives Saved. I am always amazed by deputies and the public who do what is heroic, risky, and dangerous, at the right time.]
Lifesaving Awards, 35 Lives Saved. I am always amazed by deputies and the public who do what is heroic, risky, and dangerous, at the right time.
July 23, 2013
On Tuesday the Sheriff's Department honored deputies and one citizen who saved a combined total of 35 lives, at the Lifesaving Awards Ceremony held at Sheriff's Department Headquarters.
Infants, adults, and one member of the Department were victims of potential death. I am always amazed by deputies and the public who do what is heroic, risky, and dangerous, at the right time.
(Click on this link for the compelling stories:) http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_197908.pdf
[Image - Lifesaving Awards, 35 Lives Saved. I am always amazed by deputies and the public who do what is heroic, risky, and dangerous, at the right time.]

[Image - Multi-Agency Unsolved Homicide Summit held at LA Sheriff's HQ]
Multi-Agency Unsolved Homicide Summit held at LA Sheriff's HQ
July 20, 2013
We are here out of a sense of love for you. How you feel matters. How you suffer matters.
(San Gabriel Valley Tribune news article and photos)
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_23700818/first-unsolved...
(Los Angeles Times article and photos)
http://projects.latimes.com/homicide/post/unsolved-homici...
Justice For Homicide Victims: http://www.justiceforhomicidevictims.net/
Justice For Murdered Children: http://www.jfmc.org/
[Image - Multi-Agency Unsolved Homicide Summit held at LA Sheriff's HQ]

[Image - Funeral for Fallen Hero Firefighter Kevin Woyjeck]
Funeral for Fallen Hero Firefighter Kevin Woyjeck
July 16, 2013
Today I attended the funeral of Firefighter Kevin Woyjeck who died attempting to subdue a raging fire near Prescott Arizona. Kevin's team of fire fighters, except for one, all perished in the fire. Los Angeles County Fire Department's personnel were also in attendance at the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County. His father, Joe Woyjeck, mother, brother and sister are in our thoughts and prayers.
(The photo from the Los Angeles County Fire Department shows firefighters and officers paying their respects at the funeral)
https://twitter.com/LACoFDPIO/status/357195263808503810/p...
(Here are photos from the Los Angeles County Fire Department respectfully Leading the Memorial Procession for Fallen Hero Kevin Woyjeck)
https://www.facebook.com/LACoFD#!/media/set/?set=a.591629...
[Image - Funeral for Fallen Hero Firefighter Kevin Woyjeck]

[Image - Consular Outreach Conference with 29 Countries - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. & Local, State, and Federal Agencies]
Consular Outreach Conference with 29 Countries - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. & Local, State, and Federal Agencies
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) Consular Outreach Conference was held at Sheriff's Headquarters on July 11, 2013. During this constructive conference, I met with over 33 representatives of Consulates with jurisdiction in Los Angeles County, representing over 29 different countries. An invitation was extended to the 98 Career and Honorary Consulates in Los Angeles County, as well as 16 Consulates located outside of Los Angeles County that serve this region.

The 29 countries represented by Consular and government officials at the event were: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and United Kingdom.

Between 2007 and 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau found that over 35% of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County were born in a country outside of the United States. This figure, higher than the state average for California and the U.S., is a tangible reminder of the importance of providing access and current, transparent information to the Consulates, which are the organizations serving many of these foreign-born Los Angeles County residents.

Consular representatives are responsible for offering "consular services" to their citizens or permanent residents when their citizens or permanent residents are living or traveling outside of their home country. Consular services can range from visa and passport issuance, processing legal documents, assisting their locally-incarcerated nationals, keeping their nationals informed of disaster preparedness techniques, providing aid to their citizens during and after natural disasters, and much more. They are often described as a local office of their country's Embassy.

For some new representatives, the Consular Outreach Conference was their first introduction to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (www.LASD.org). For others, it was a way to revisit the longstanding work of the LASD with the international community. All attendees were given the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual concern. Consular access to incarcerated foreign nationals and inbound foreign law enforcement/government visits were popular topics of conversation, as was understanding the structure of government locally. My staff and I, including the International Liaison Unit of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau (www.ilu.lasd.org), answered questions about LASD issues, and guest speakers responded to issues relevant to their agencies.

Many local, state, and federal agencies also made presentations about their duties and topics of interest to the conference attendees to ensure attendees had access to what information they needed the most. These included the County of Los Angeles Office of Protocol, U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, California Highway Patrol, State Bar of California, Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) Police Department. (Links to these agencies can be found at www.ilu.lasd.org)

Police Diplomacy - A Global Trust
Diplomatic relationships have long been the foundation of trust between nations. The interchanging of police resources, training, and experience between nations will enhance public participation and provide a safer, more secure community regardless of geopolitical borders. http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_144940.pdf
[Image - Consular Outreach Conference with 29 Countries - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. & Local, State, and Federal Agencies]

[Image Hyperlink - Latino Clergy Council Group Meeting]On July 3rd I met with the Latino Clergy Council Group, part of the Executive Clergy Council and discussed our goals. This is a great group of people who are very giving of their time and energy in order to help others.
Executive Clergy Council: http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_183144.pdf
[Image Hyperlink - Latino Clergy Council Group Meeting]

[Icon - Homeland Security Is A Global Responsibility]
Homeland Security Is A Global Responsibility
July 3, 2013
My goal as a member of the Advisory Council to the national Department of Homeland Security, and Sheriff of America's largest and most diverse County, is to assist the United States and to leverage partnerships of police/sheriff departments within the U.S. and around the world to effectively prevent violent extremist attacks within our nation's borders.

This goal requires new ways to think and to develop strategies that will engage the public world religions under the premise that the human being has an inherent will to live....not to prematurely die. Violent extremism is unnatural.

I met with Prime Minister Tony Blair recently and learned he formed the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. He noted many of the recent wars around the globe were caused by religious conflicts. His foundation promotes respect and understanding among the world's religions through education and multi-faith actions. He and I believe faith can be a powerful force for good in the modern world.

Police Diplomacy: A Global Trust http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_145351.pdf
Executive Clergy Council http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_183144.pdf

[Icon - New City of Compton Elected Officals Sworn In]
New City of Compton Elected Officals Sworn In
On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, I swore in Councilman Isaac Galvan, City of Compton. Also sworn in by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was Aja Brown as Mayor.

Councilman Galvan is the first Hispanic elected in the City. He commented that he would serve all the residents of Compton.

[Image Hyperlink - Tragic Loss of 19 Brave Firefighters in Arizona]July 1, 2013
On behalf of all the men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the 19 brave Prescott Firefighters who lost their lives battling the wildfires in Yarnell, Arizona, on June 30, 2013.

Our flags flying at half-staff and our mourning bands on our uniforms remind us that these courageous firefighters represent the very best of what this great country has to offer. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

Sincerely,
Lee Baca, Sheriff

(This is the link to the Prescott Fire Department:)
http://www.cityofprescott.net/services/fire/hotshots/
[Image Hyperlink - Tragic Loss of 19 Brave Firefighters in Arizona]

[Icon Hyperlink - Traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina - National Sheriffs' Assn.]I will travel today, Thursday, June 20th, to Charlotte, North Carolina to receive the "Sheriff of the Year" award presented by the National Sheriffs' Association http://sheriffs.org/

The Association represents 3,000 elected sheriffs throughout the United States. In my view, the award was earned by the dedicated 18,000 deputies and professional staff of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who work creatively and tirelessly to serve the vast and diverse population of Los Angeles County.

[Icon Hyperlink - Crime Survivors Annual Survive & Thrive Run/Walk Health & Safety Expo: Sat.,Oct.12, 2013 in Tustin]Crime Survivors 10th Annual Survive & Thrive Run/Walk Health & Safety Expo: Sat., Oct. 12, 2013 in Tustin at the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy. Click on this link for information: http://www.surviveandthriverunwalk.org/

Crime Survivors vision is for victims of crime to recover from their experience mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially, by receiving the respect, support, and protection from law enforcement, the judicial system, and the community.

Here are links for "Crime Survivors" on
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CrimeSurvivors and
Twitter https://twitter.com/crimesurvivors

This is a video we made with Patricia Wenskunas of "Crime Survivors" (http://www.crimesurvivors.org) to help: Breaking The Cycle of Domestic Violence: LASD and Non Profits Supporting Survivors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZlCkLOZiGU&list=UUlrCXRur...

[Image Hyperlink - LASD Gifts for Guns in East LA, June 15, 2013 - A Great Success]June 15, 2013
There are thousands of guns that people have but that they don't want, yet they don't know what to do with them. The Gifts for Guns program gives people the opportunity to voluntarily exchange their unwanted guns for gift cards. Over 10,000 guns have been turned in to the LASD and LAPD in exchange for gift cards. Click here for dozens of photos of the guns turned in on June 15th and to watch a brief video of me and East LA Station Captain Jim Wolak explain the program: https://www.facebook.com/EastLosAngelesSheriffsStation?ref=hl#!/media/set/?set=a.541278255908199.1073741824.423903157645710&type=1
[Image Hyperlink - LASD Gifts for Guns in East LA, June 15, 2013 - A Great Success]

[Image Hyperlink - Sesame Street has built a toolkit & video for the 1 out of 28 children in America has an incarcerated parent]June 12, 2013
One in 28 children in America has an incarcerated parent. Below is a link to the toolkit Sesame Street built for them, including a brief video for kids that LASD executives screened today. We certainly agree this will be a big help to innocent children who have incarcerated parents. Sesame Workshop launched its newest initiative today, "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration."
This bilingual (English/Spanish) outreach provides much-needed resources to support and comfort young children (ages 3-8) throughout their parents' incarceration. Click on the link below to see "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration."
Read more: http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/incarceration
[Image Hyperlink - Sesame Street has built a toolkit & video for the 1 out of 28 children in America has an incarcerated parent]

[Image Hyperlink - Gifts for Guns: Sat, June15th,10am-3pm (See Video for details)]June 12, 2013
There are thousands of guns that the community doesn't want, but they don't know what to do with them. Therefore, we are again providing an opportunity for people to get a gift card in exchange for their unwanted guns. East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station will be conducting a Gun Buy Back "Gifts for Guns" program on June 15, 2013 between 10:00am to 3:00 pm (while gift cards last). Come to the Belverdere Park parking lot on the corner of 1st Street and Mednik Avenue in East Los Angeles. Do not bring explosives. Call the East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station http://www.EastLA.lasd.org (323) 264-4151 if you have explosives. Click here to watch a video explaining this program and details about this event...

[Icon Hyperlink - Go for Broke Monument & Memorial- 14th Anniversary Tribute "Honoring Our Heroes" of WW II]June 8, 2013 I attended a memorial service on Saturday for the World War II Japanese-American soldiers who fought as members of the U.S. Army. The Go For Broke Memorial, located in the L.A. Little Tokyo District at Alameda and Temple streets, honors brave Americans who lost their lives. Freedom from tyranny comes at a very high price.
Click here for details about the monument...

[Image Hyperlink - Respect For All: LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood]June 9, 2013
Our Core Values: As a leader in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, I commit myself to honorably perform my duties with respect for the dignity of all people, integrity to do right and fight wrongs, wisdom to apply common sense and fairness in all I do and courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and bigotry in all its forms.
Click here for LASD photo album...
[Image Hyperlink - Respect For All: LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood]

[Icon Hyperlink - 126 Teens Graduated: Sheriff's Vital Intervention & Directional Alternatives (VIDA) Youth Program]June 8, 2013
It takes dedication and courage to make a positive change in your life like these VIDA graduates have done. In fact, it takes a strong effort from the entire family.
I congratulated 200 at-risk youth who graduated from the Sheriff's Department's V.I.D.A. (Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives) program (http://www.vida.la) Deputies, volunteers, and parents engage in a 16-week program for graduates between 10 and 18 years old. If you know of a young girl or boy who is struggling with drugs, school attendance and behavior problems, contact the Sheriff's Department for information about the V.I.D.A. program through our V.I.D.A. Program Coordinator Sergeant Mark Cripe at (310)
487-2864.
Click here for photos and details about Saturday's graduation...
 
[Image Hyperlink - Great volunteers like the people shown with me
in this photo, help their entire community...]
Great volunteers like the people shown with me
in this photo, help their entire community
through the gift of their time and energy to make
a difference in the lives of young people. You can
find out more about VIDA at http://www.VIDA.la

[Image Hyperlink - New Scheduling System to Visit Inmates in the Los Angeles County Jail - LASD]June 7, 2013
This New Advanced Scheduling System to Visit Inmates in the Los Angeles County Jail offers inmates a way to better connect with their families and provides an improved visiting environment.
Click here for photos and information...
[Image Hyperlink - New Scheduling System to Visit Inmates in the Los Angeles County Jail - LASD]

[Image Hyperlink - 120 Inmates at Men's Central Jail Education Based Incarceration (EBI) Graduation (6/4/13)]Posted: June 4, 2013
You can be physically imprisoned, but your mind doesn't have to be.
Click here for photos and information about the graduation...
[Image Hyperlink - 120 Inmates at Men's Central Jail Education Based Incarceration (EBI) Graduation (6/4/13)]

[Image Hyperlink - LA County Peace Officers TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS (Mon-Fri,June 3-7)]Posted: June 4, 2013
Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are honored to run alongside Special Olympics athletes, as we are all working toward a common goal of providing opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Click here for photos and information about the Torch Run for Special Olympics...
[Image Hyperlink - LA County Peace Officers TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS (Mon-Fri,June 3-7)]

[Image Hyperlink - Saving human life is our highest priority - Powerhouse Fire]Posted: June 3, 2013
The Powerhouse Fire in the Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake areas have displaced families, destroyed homes and significant natural habitat. Our brave firefighters are working 24/7 within a mutual aid system. More 130 engine companies have been deployed. Deputy Sheriffs are protecting firefighting efforts and directing the evacuation of residents. Saving human life is our highest priority.
Click here for Powerhouse Fire updates from the LASD...
[Image Hyperlink - Saving human life is our highest priority - Powerhouse Fire]

[Image Hyperlink - Officiating at the Annual Los Angeles County Peace Officers Memorial - We will never forget them]On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, I officiated over the Sheriff's Department's Annual Peace Officers Memorial honoring all federal, state, and County of Los Angeles police officers and deputy sheriff's killed in the line of duty since 1850.
Words alone cannot express the heartfelt gratitude of each person in attendance for the men and women who gave their lives to protect others. We will never forget them.
Click here for photos and information from the Memorial...
[Image Hyperlink - Officiating at the Annual Los Angeles County Peace Officers Memorial - We will never forget them]

[Image Hyperlink - Honoring faith community members who provide spiritual support to incarcerated men and women through Religious and Volunteer Services]Posted: May 28, 2013
The Sheriff's Department Custody Division and I honored more than 100 faith community members who provide spiritual support to incarcerated men and women through Religious and Volunteer Services (RVS). Our Education Based Incarceration approach to recidivism is turning lives around. Our goal is to reduce crime through incarceration, education, and spiritual growth. My comments to all in attendance were in part..."Faith mentors bring hope and change into the lives of inmates. This along with life skills education reduces crime."
Click here and see pages 40-41 for more about the great work of the dedicated men and women of jail's Religious and Volunteer Services (RVS...
[Image Hyperlink - Honoring faith community members who provide spiritual support to incarcerated men and women through Religious and Volunteer Services]

[Image Hyperlink - Enjoyed being with great people at the La Cañada Flintridge Memorial Day Parade]Posted: May 27, 2013
Click here for photos from the parade...
[Image Hyperlink - Enjoyed being with great people at the La Cañada Flintridge Memorial Day Parade]

[Image - Memorial Day - We Remember Your Sacrifice]
Memorial Day - We Remember Your Sacrifice
Posted: May 27, 2013
(LASD Photo of the Day)(by C. Miller)

[Image Hyperlink - Bright Futures Scholars Graduation and Awards Ceremony in Pasadena]Posted: May 25, 2013 Proud and honored to join CEO Dr. Sandra Thomas, dignitaries, and all the Bright Futures Scholars at the Graduation and Awards Ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, along with Captain John Benedict and Altadena Sheriff's Station deputies. Click here for photos and more info...
[Image Hyperlink - Bright Futures Scholars Graduation and Awards Ceremony in Pasadena]

[Image Hyperlink - Help bring them home - National Missing Children's Day (Sat, May 25, 2013)]Posted: May 25, 2013 It is National Missing Children's Day. Help bring these kids home. Also, talk to your kids about Internet safety and abduction prevention. Click here for more information...

[Icon - Charitable Work Counts]
Charitable Work Counts
Posted: May 22, 2013
The men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are working hard helping a variety of charities. Some are the City of Hope Cancer Center, County disabled foster children, the Salvation Army, Lupus, bone marrow donations, blood donations, money to families of police and firefighters killed at the World Trade Center, to mention a few.

Last night (May 21, 2013), world class boxer Sugar Ray Leonard hosted a charity fight night at the Santa Monica Pier raising money to fight child diabetes of which I attended. Deputies, volunteers and U.S. Marines work in 15 sheriff youth centers providing after-school programs that are academic, athletic and the arts. As we succeed in reducing crime, we also want to be the most charitable law enforcement agency in America. I know of no other that does more in this vital area of service.

[Image Hyperlink - Are You Prepared if a Disaster Hits Los Angeles County?]Posted: May 21, 2013
Click on the below link for important information:
http://sheriff.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lasd/!ut/p/b0/04_S...

[Icon - Our hearts go out to the people of Oklahoma.]
Our hearts go out to the people of Oklahoma.
Posted: May 20, 2013

[Icon Hyperlink - Fundraiser for "A Better L.A.": A Non-profit Organization that Supports Gang Intervention Workers]Posted: May 20, 2013

This past Saturday, May 18th, I attended a fundraising event for "A Better L.A." http://www.abetterla.org the non-profit organization that supports gang intervention workers. Gang murders are at a record low in the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The fundraiser featured former Prime Minister Tony Blair, U.K., and former President Vicente Fox, Mexico, who debated world issues regarding unequal education among nations, the war on terrorism, the economies of the West and East, and how to achieve world peace without war.

An exceptional idea was Prime Minister Blair's non-profit TONY BLAIR FAITH FOUNDATION http://www.tonyblairfaithfoundationus.org
which promotes respect and understanding about the world's religions through education and multi-faith action. Since 9-11, the Sheriff's Department organized a multi-faith clergy council of more than 500 clergy representing all religions. (Details:) http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_183144.pdf

[Image Hyperlink - Stranded Swedish Family of 7 Assisted by Carson Sheriff's Station & Reserve Deputies]Posted: May 19, 2013
This is a great example of compassion so often shown by LA Sheriff's deputies:

Stranded Swedish Family of 7 Assisted by Carson Sheriff's Station & Reserve Deputies.
Click here for more...

You will notice that LASD Sergeant Britta Kjellstrand is featured in the story and that she speaks fluent Swedish. 63 different languages are spoken by the members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
[Image Hyperlink - Stranded Swedish Family of 7 Assisted by Carson Sheriff's Station & Reserve Deputies]

[Image Hyperlink - California Contract Cities Association 54th Annual Municipal Seminar]Posted: May 20, 2013

Update: Greetings! Numerous contract city officials discussed the challenges of our economy, balancing budgets, and the reforms I and my staff are engaged in. Many positive ideas were discussed.
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Posted: May 17, 2013

I am attending the California Contract Cities Association's 54th Annual Municipal Seminar. The CCCA represents cities from throughout California which contract for policing services. We are proud that 42 of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as their sole policing agency. Meeting with city leaders helps all of us to share ideas on the best ways to serve the public.

There are several great speakers, including from the LASD:

• "AB109 Realignment Updates" - LASD Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald

• "Are We Ready For The Big One? Earthquake Preparedness" - LASD Lieutenant Bobby Wyche, Emergency Operations Bureau
 
[Icon Hyperlink - Read the Seminar Agenda ] Read the Seminar Agenda

[Image Hyperlink - L.A. Sheriff's Executive Participates in Washington, D.C. Immigration Reform Meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano](Posted May 16, 2013)
We need to use every law enforcement tool available to keep dangerous criminals and drugs from crossing our border into the United States.
 
[Icon Hyperlink -  Photos and Details... ] Photos and Details...

[Icon Hyperlink - Merced County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony (May 15, 2013)]Honored to present keynote address at Merced County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony today
ftp://exchange.livingstoncity.com/administration/051513memorial.pdf
 
 
[Image Hyperlink - * Candlelight Vigil & National Law Enforcement Memorial, DC (May 13-14, 2013) Never Forget - LASD]
This is National Police Week. Below are links to over 100 photos of LASD personnel at the California and National Memorials commemorating the lives lost by peace officers across the U.S. We will always remember the sacrifices of those who lost their lives to help others, and the sacrifices of those who loved them: Click on the links below to see the photos:

Sheriff's News: Candlelight Vigil and Memorial
 
http://nixle.com/alert/5001923/
 

[Icon Hyperlink - At-Risk Youth Coach Victor McClinton Memorial Dedication at LA County Sheriff's Headquarters]Posted: May 10, 2013
We dedicated a memorial tree at the Sherman Block Sheriff's Headquarters Building to the life of Victor McClinton, a LA County Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement Technician killed by a gang member in front of his Pasadena home. Mr. McClinton dedicated his life to organized sports activities for at-risk youth. He was beloved by community members and the employees of the Sheriff's Department. "We will never forget Victor's caring effort to improve the lives of teenagers."
 
[Image Hyperlink - Mr. McClinton's family at the dedication
 Click for larger photos ]
Mr. McClinton's family at the dedication
Click for larger photos

[Image Hyperlink - Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Division]Posted: May 10, 2013
I met today with Mr. Anthony D. Williams, the newly assigned Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge of the seven county Los Angeles Field Division. Sheriff's deputies work closely with DEA http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml agents pursuing high intensity drug dealers in the Southern California region. Our mutual effort is also supported by numerous other police departments within Los Angeles County.

[Image Hyperlink - Meeting with Jim Brown, Amer-I-Can gang intervention program]Posted: May 10, 2013
Today, I met with Jim Brown, Founder of the Amer-i-can http://www.amer-i-can.org/ gang intervention program. Mr. Brown, a record setting all-American fullback with Syracuse University, and the Cleveland Browns professional football team, submitted a proposal to educate incarcerated gang members on crime-free life skills.

[Image Hyperlink - Meeting in D.C. to Discuss Los Angeles Regional Inter-operability Communications System (LA-RICS)]Posted: May 07, 2013
Met with leaders of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C to discuss the Los Angeles Regional Inter-operability Communications System (LA-RICS) being developed in Los Angeles County. The LA-RICS project will enable all police, fire, and emergency first responders to communicate together during all levels of emergencies including a terrorist attack. As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I serve as the State of California Region I emergency services coordinator for Los Angeles County and Orange County. For more about LA-RICS visit: http://www.la-rics.org/

[Image Hyperlink - African-American and Latino interfaith brunch in South Los Angeles]Posted: May 06, 2013
The African-American and Latino interfaith brunch was hosted by Bishop Edward Turner at the Power of Love Church in South Los Angeles on May 4, 2013. It was well attended and all religions were represented. The record-low crime rate in Los Angeles County is attributed to unified neighborhoods which help one another and work closely with law enforcement. I enjoyed joining the faith leaders and command staff from the LAPD, the FBI, and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. For information about the Sheriff's Executive Clergy Council click here: http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_183144.pdf

[Icon Hyperlink - I Am Entering the World of Social Media]Posted: March 03, 2013
I am entering the world of social media today with my own blog. I will be attempting to share with you the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's successes as well as our challenges. This will not be about me, but about the incredible men and women who comprise the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

I want to start by providing a basic rundown of what we do here at the largest Sheriff's Department in the nation with 17,000 employees, both sworn and professional staff. Some of this is already known by the public, but a reminder is always helpful to understand the width and breadth of our jurisdiction.

We provide law enforcement services for 42 incorporated cities; 140 unincorporated communities; ten community colleges; and hundreds of thousands of Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metrolink commuters. Also, we provide security for all county buildings; the largest court system in the nation; and finally, the largest jail system in the nation. All told, we protect more than four million people.

Our approach to crime also includes prevention. We operate the largest Police Activities League program in the nation serving 50,000 youth. Furthermore, I am the Coordinator of Mutual Aid Emergency Services for California Region 1, which includes Orange County. This region serves 13-million people.

This department would not be as great as it is today without the 3,000 volunteers that are the foundation of this department. Moreover, our reserves, which number in the 800s, get paid a single dollar a year, and their tireless efforts provide us with an invaluable service of excellence. Our crime rate is at a 40-year low and record low of homicides.

I will be speaking with you from time to time in this new format for those who may find it of interest. For now, though, it's time to get back to work. Thank you for reading.
 
 
 
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