Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 211 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, 90012 CA
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Phone: 213-229-1700

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is located at 211 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, 90012 CA. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department phone number is 213-229-1700.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department News

#FraudFriday Secret Shopper Becoming a secret shopper may not be much of a secret! Have you received an email asking you to become a secret shopper? STOP!!! It may be a scam! This scam comes in the form of an email. Once a victim is intrigued to make fast cash, the victim reaches out to the scammer. The scammer then asks the victim to provide personal identifying information including name, address, email, and a telephone number. This scammer then mails a check depicting a large quantity of money and instructs the victim to deposit the check into their account as a prepayment for their evaluation. The thieves will then send the victim on “assignments“ to evaluate money wire transfer services (such as MoneyGram or Western Union). During the evaluation, the victim has to wire money to the secret shopper’s company. These thieves will press the victims to ensure the money was wired. Unfortunately for the victim, they aren’t usually aware the check is fraudulent until a few days later when their financial institution notifies them, leaving the victim “on the hook” for the money they sent during the evaluation. Here are some things to look for when receiving these emails: • Look for phrases like • “Easy and fast money” • Part-time work with a high payout • Emails that seem “too good to be true” • “Work for a few hours day for a big payday” • First time Check payments with a large amount For further information about fake checks, please go to Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0159-fake-checks

#LASD Seeking Assistance in Locating at Risk Missing Person, Jeremy Michael Wheeler Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating at-risk missing person Jeremy Michael Wheeler. He is a 32-year-old White male who was last seen leaving his home in Kentucky, Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. Mr. Wheeler is described as 5’7 tall, 150 lbs., short brown hair, and hazel eyes and suffers from Depression. Mr. Wheeler was driving his red, 3 doors ‘99 Saturn, with a dented hood, KY plate 901XBW. On Thursday, October 18, 2018, he was in contact with his family and advised them that he was at a motel in the city of Lancaster. His family is concerned for his safety and want a safe return. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau, Missing Persons Detail, Sergeant Nava or Detective Abraham at (323) 890 - 5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

#LASD How bad do you want to win? Cops Square off in a friendly fundraising boxing event for City of Hope. Members of the 2018 LASD Boxing Team have been training tirelessly to get a WIN against the Los Angeles Police Department. On Friday, November 16, 2018 the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is hosting the 24th Annual Fight for Life boxing event that benefits City of Hope National Medical Center. City of Hope is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases. Every year, Deputies from the LASD square off against officers from the LAPD in the annual Fight for Life benefiting City of Hope. The boxing event started in the 1930s, had a resurgence in 1960, and was revived again in 1994. In November 1994, deputies patrolling the East Los Angeles area, encountered a young boy who had been battling cancer. The deputies were so taken aback by this boy’s bravery that they befriended him and provided help to improve the quality of life for him and his family. Now, in memory of this courageous boy, and to help others like him battling life-threatening illnesses, the deputies and officers continue the commitment to improve the lives of patients and their families by supporting the work of City of Hope. For the past 23 years, LASD has partnered with the LAPD in a friendly, competitive boxing event between the two agencies. At each Fight For Life, whether the competitors win or lose, they are all in agreement that the true winners are the individuals that benefit from the research and treatment at City of Hope. If you are interested in attending this event to help knock out cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses go to https://www.cityofhope.org/giving/fundraising-events/fight-for-life Money raised from this event will go to the City of Hope for further research and treatment.

Three Arrested Late Halloween Night, who entered Attic through a fan cover, in the City of Diamond Bar. Please click on video for full story Walnut Diamond Bar Sheriff's Station

In case you missed it, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Communications and Fleet Management Bureau personnel hosted its 44th Annual Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Evaluation and Product Expo Day on October 25, 2018, at the Auto Club Speedway. This year’s event included vehicles from Fiat, Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford Motor Company. There was also an interactive Ride & Drive event hosted by top vehicle manufacturers, a product demonstration expo, high speed 32 lap course, and vehicle highlight seminars. The Sheriff’s Department first implemented its police vehicle testing program in 1974. Since then, the Department has become nationally recognized as a major source of information for police vehicles and their use. The Sheriff's Department is only one of two law enforcement agencies in the entire United States, which tests vehicles to provide input for auto manufacturers and police departments. The testing process is designed to address the law enforcement officer’s operational requirements in terms of vehicle performance, vehicle safety, and comfort. Each test is designed and executed to simulate actual field conditions as closely as possible. The vehicles being tested are driven on city streets and interstates, as well as the performance track by law enforcement personnel. The maneuvers duplicated during the electronic test procedures are those encountered in actual patrol and emergency operations which the law enforcement officer may encounter in the field. Interpretation of test results is the responsibility of each agency. The importance with which each individual phase is weighted is a subjective decision which should be made by each agency based upon that agency’s needs. When asked what he was looking for in a quality law enforcement vehicle, Deputy Ramiro Juarez, LASD driving instructor and vehicle tester said, “So what we are looking for is a vehicle that will sustain the rigors of patrol and of law enforcement. It’s not always high speed, sometimes is idling in 100 plus degree weather and or other parts of the country which are cold that we don’t know about, the demands of code 3, a pursuit and during aggressive driving. The car has to be consistent and can’t be surprising to an officer or to a deputy driving. The car needs to be behind the scenes and be a work horse so the deputy can concentrate on his job.” After testing, the evaluation information is compiled into a book and provided to law enforcement agencies. The booklet is not intended as a recommendation for any specific vehicle contained within. The Sheriff’s Department conducts the vehicle testing program in order to accomplish two primary goals: To provide law enforcement agencies with the data necessary to assist those in the vehicle selection process. To provide the various vehicle manufacturers with the input necessary to better meet the needs of law enforcement. We recognize the fact that individual agency needs can be influenced by cost, operational considerations and other factors.

#LASD City of Industry Deputy Involved Shooting, 2600 Block of Pellissier Place, City Of Industry DATE: Thursday November 1, 2018 TIME: 3:21 a.m. LOCATION: 2600 Block of Pellissier Place, City of Industry SUSPECT: One suspect in custody

#ThrowbackThursday- #PoliceHorses 1961: #LASD Mounted Posse lined up at #DevonshireDowns racetrack in #Northridge, which would become #CSUN campus. Today the Mounted Enforcement Detail has transformed from a unit comprised mainly of Reserve Deputies in the 1960's with limited capabilities, to mostly full time personnel & highly specialized training. Trained for variety of tasks: crime suppression, crowd management, ceremonial events & evacuations due to wildfires and natural disasters. Want to be a reserve mounted deputy? You can, apply here! : https://bit.ly/2p2eMtI 1961 Photo Courtesy of LA Public Library: http://tessa.lapl.org/photocol.html [Jeff Goldwater], [Valley Times Collection] / Los Angeles Public Library

#LASD reminds everyone to have a #HappyHalloween⁠ ⁠ tonight! You don’t want to get Boo-ked!! Have fun & be safe! #Halloween18⁠ ⁠ #DriveSober

#LASD Homicide Detectives Seeking Public’s Help in Identifying 3 Individuals Believed to be Involved in the Murder Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating three individuals they believe were involved in a murder. The incident occurred on Monday, July 9, 2018 at approximately 9:35 p.m., on the 11800 block of Wilmington Avenue in Los Angeles. Century Station deputies responded to the call of a gunshot victim. When they arrived, they found a male Black adult suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper torso while sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot. He was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injury. Investigators have identified a male Black and two female Blacks (all approximately 16-22 years old, with slender builds) who were present during the incident, and were captured on surveillance video. They would like to speak with these individuals and are seeking for the public’s help in identifying them. There was also a white, four door sedan with a black hood that was captured on video surveillance and believed to be involved. Any information on the sedan, and its owner, would also be greatly appreciated. The 19 year-old victim, identified as Frank Stringfellow, died as a result of his gunshot wounds. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

#LASD wishes you a safe #trickortreat this #Halloween! May the candy be with you!

Sherlock strikes again! #LASD CIS-JTF Swift investigative Work Prevents Illegal drugs from Entering L.A. County Jails On October 31, 2018, detectives assigned to the Custody Investigative Services Jail Task Force (CIS-JTF) and Operation Safe Jails (OSJ) were assigned to investigate a conspiracy to transport illegal narcotics into the Los Angeles County Jail system. After an extensive investigation, detectives from CIS-JTF, along with their elite K-9 partner, “Sherlock,” served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in the Los Angeles area. The search of the location resulted in (1) felony arrest and the recovery of over 50 grams methamphetamine. The approximate jail value of the recovered narcotics was over $40,000. The methamphetamine was uniquely packaged and ready for delivery into our custody facilities. This is the second time in a week, “Sherlock” has aided deputies in disrupting criminals plan to smuggle drugs into the Los Angeles County Jails. At this time, due the nature of an ongoing investigation the names of the suspects are not being released. For further information contact Lt. Roberto Medrano at (323) 526-5284. The Custody Investigative Services Unit is responsible for custody investigations ranging from assaults, gang crimes and regularly collaborates with other LASD investigative units. In keeping with one of the tenets of our departmental mission to maintain a constitutionally sound and rehabilitative approach to incarceration, safety of our inmates and jail facilities is a top priority. We want the public to know personnel assigned to our custody facilities work diligently to keep our jails safe for employees and incarcerated personnel.

#WantedWednesday - SVB Investigators are asking for your help in identifying/locating the Person of Interest seen in this photo dated Oct. 8, 2018 at approx.11:45am. A male infant, 12-15 months old, was abandoned inside the men’s restroom at a Walmart on Carson Street in Lakewood around the same time as the photo. Investigators believe this man can help them identify the child and locate his guardians.

Another Prolific Southern California “Knock-Knock” Burglary Crew, Comprised of Career Criminals, Arrested by Sheriff’s Burglary-Robbery Task Force in Brentwood. On October 29, 2018, at approximately 12:35 PM, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD), Major Crimes Bureau (MCB), Burglary-Robbery Task Force (BRTF), observed four suspects commit a residential burglary in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. They saw the suspects, who were in a maroon Kia Optima sedan, driving slowly through neighborhoods in the West Los Angeles and Brentwood areas. A suspect parked the Kia on the 500 block of Hanley Avenue, in front of a home. Detectives saw three suspects run out of a yard and enter the Kia. The Kia quickly drove away from the neighborhood toward Sunset Boulevard. A short time later, detectives confirmed that the three suspects had burglarized a residence. As Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) units attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the suspect vehicle abruptly stopped facing the responding patrol vehicles. Then the suspect driving the Kia accelerated directly into an LAPD vehicle and collided. All four suspects were safely detain. Stolen property and cash was recovered from the suspects and their vehicle that was confirmed to be stolen from the residence the suspects were observed exiting. All four suspects are career criminals and have been charged with residential burglary. Suspect Jawon Buford, 19 years-old, resident of Carson and a documented South Los Angeles criminal street gang member. Suspect Arron Molina, 22 years-old, resident of Los Angeles, is also a documented South Los Angeles criminal street gang member. Suspect Kenneth Osteen, 25 years-old and resident of Compton. Kristopher Pollard, 22 years-old and resident of Los Angeles. Investigators are looking for addition victims and asking for you to contact them if you feel you have any information regarding these individuals. The MCB BRTF can be contacted via e-mail at BRTF@LASD.org for tips, questions, or concerns. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org Residents should call 911 if a life threatening emergency is detected and/or their local police business line if a suspicious person or vehicle is observed.

LASD Visits with Latin Consulates to Discuss Human Rights Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell was hosted today by the Consulate General of Mexico. The meeting included the alternate consul, Gilberto Luna, and was accompanied by Ms. Mercedes López from the Consulate of El Salvador, Mr. Pablo Mario Ordóñez from the Consulate of Honduras and José Barillas from the Consulate of Guatemala. The group discussed topics of interest on the treatment and respect for the human rights of their respective communities. Sheriff Mcdonnell committed to keep the channels of communication open to enhance the relationships that the Department has with the communities that we serve in the greater Los Angeles County area.

#LASD Attends community memorial at the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance representing mourning, unity and vigilance in the wake of the tragic attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The LASD stands in remembrance of all the victims and those affected by this senseless violence. All community memorials and support will help begin the healing process through our outward show of solidarity. We must not let hatred and division become a part of our daily lives. LASD will continue our diligent protection of all religious, worship and instructional institutions that make our communities so cohesive and great. Public safety is our priority!

Did you know Halloween is the day auto and insurance claims spike for vandalism and thefts? This includes issues such as doors kicked in, mailboxes knocked down and rocks thru windows. On this day of fun please celebrate responsibly and keep a watchful eye for people that use this day to conduct criminal activity. #LASD would like to share some general safety tips to use as you go about the day with your cute little ghosts, goblins, and witches. HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS: Walk Safely 1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. 2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. 4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. 5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. 6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. Trick or Treat With an Adult 1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe 1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. 2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. 3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Drive Extra Safely on Halloween 1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. 2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. 3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. 4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. 5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances. 6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours. https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/business/Halloween-Spike-in-Home-Auto-Insurance-Claims-498670681.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_LABrand

#TidBitTuesday Whenever a #LASD deputy-Involved shooting occurs it goes through several layers of investigation and analysis. Each deputy-Involved shooting is reviewed by several independent investigative agencies including LASD Homicide Bureau, LASD Internal Affairs Bureau, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Office of Inspector General, Executive Force Review, and Critical Incident Review. If you have any concerns or questions about an investigation in to a deputy-involved shooting please contact the following: LASD Homicide (323) 890-5500, LASD Internal Affairs (323) 890-5300, Los Angeles County District Attorney (210) 974-3888, Office of Inspector General (800) 810-0030, if you wish to remain anonymous call “Crimestoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). LASD is one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the nation and strives to set police transparency best practices.

#LASD Deputies stumble upon a large marijuana grow in La Mirada; 5 arrested On Saturday, October 27 around 5:30 p.m. Norwalk Sheriff's Station responded to what they thought was a burglary just occurred call in the 14000 block of Industry Circle of La Mirada, California. Much to their surprise they found the location was being used as an illegal marijuana-growing operation. Approximately 1000 live marijuana plants were seized which has a street value of approximately 1.5 million dollars. One male and four females were arrested on charges of illegal cultivation of marijuana. Just goes to show the uncertainty of law enforcement. Did you know? • Currently, all commercial cannabis business activity is banned in unincorporated areas of LA County • Proposition 64 legalized the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants per residence for personal use by adults. • No matter where you live, cannabis businesses need BOTH a state and local license to legally operate. • Smoking cannabis or consuming cannabis products in public is prohibited. • Driving under the influence of cannabis is prohibited. • Smoking cannabis or consuming cannabis products if you are under the age of 21 is ILLEGAL, unless you have a medical recommendation from a doctor. For further info visit LA County Office of Cannabis Control


Metro to Offer Free Rides on Election Day The Metro Board of Directors approved a proposal Thursday to offer free rides on the upcoming election day on all of its buses and train lines. The idea was put forward by Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to lift fares for all riders on Nov. 6. "Voting is one of the most important acts of civic engagement," Kuehl said. "And Metro wants to make sure our county voters get the message: 'Please vote! We want to make it easy for you.'"

Attention! We have a new bulletin for Deputy Sheriff Trainee being released on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 6:00pm. What does this mean for you? Usually when an applicant applies, but fails their written exam or second attempt at the physical ability test, they must wait 6 months to reapply. Here is the good news! The new bulletin means the wait is over! If you have failed the written exam or second attempt at the physical ability test, REAPPLY ANYTIME AFTER Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 6pm! We have some major changes happening to the Validated Physical Ability Test on this new bulletin, stay tuned! And if you'd like to speak with a recruiter, message LASD Recruitment Unit anytime! One Badge. Unlimited Possibilities. LASDcareers.org

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) remains vigilant and mourns with the victims of today’s tragic incident at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania We are deeply saddened and we grieve with those affected, including our law enforcement partners. While there are no specific or credible threats received by law enforcement for the greater Los Angeles area, our personnel maintain a heightened state of situational awareness and remain vigilant in the protection of our communities. We are communicating with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. We are also reaching out to religious leaders within our communities to provide them with any support they may need. LASD Stations are providing extra patrol around religious institutions within the communities they serve to ensure safety and security. Out of an abundance of caution, we have enhanced our security presence and have tactical units at the ready to prevent and respond to any emergency situation or event. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employs thousands of uniformed deputy sheriffs who are on-duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week, patrolling and protecting the many diverse communities we serve throughout Los Angeles County. As we go about our day, we ask the public to remain vigilant and report any information about potential incidents to their local law enforcement. If You See Something - Say Something If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tips to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/. If you see something of an emergency nature, please call 9-1-1.

#TheBearGoesEverywhere! This week the Bear heads over to the city of San Dimas and pays a visit to Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park. Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park is named after the supervisor who assumed responsibility for creating this beautiful park located in the Puddingstone Reservoir area in 1959. This man-made recreational area is approximately 1,800 acres which includes a: 250 acre lake and 14 miles of trails. Bonelli Park is a great place to take the family because it offers an abundance of recreational activities including: boating, jet skiing, fishing, swimming, picnicking, nature walks, hiking, jogging, and biking. There are also concessionaires offering RV camping and horseback riding. Bonelli Park annually hosts special events like fishing tournaments, concerts, triathlons, water sports and cultural events. Bonelli Park is patrolled by our Park Bureau personnel. From Castaic Lake in the north to Hollywood Bowl in the west and Bonelli Park in the east, these men and women police approximately 177 county parks, golf courses and special event venues throughout Los Angeles County. So if you are looking for some relaxation time, a nice trail run or a fun family get-together, head on over to Bonelli Park. As always, if you happen to see one of our fine deputies on a horse, ATV, or dirt bike be sure to say, “Hello.” For more information about an @CountyofLA park near you: http://parks.lacounty.gov/

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the Long Beach Police Department (CA) in asking for the public’s assistance in locating Steven Matthew Bronson. Steven Matthew Bronson is a 31 year-old White male, who was last seen leaving his residence on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 and has not been seen since. Steven Bronson is described as 5’09”, 150-160 lbs, blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black tank top, black shorts, long white socks and red shoes. He has notable tattoos: handicap symbol (near the right eye), a wolf (front of the neck), and several other tattoos. He suffers from mental conditions and may have become disoriented. His silver 2003 Toyota Corolla was found abandoned on the N/B I-5 Freeway in Castaic and the Long Beach Police Department is now in possession of the vehicle. Steven Bronson’s family is very concerned for his safety and wellbeing. They are asking for the public’s assistance in locating or providing any information that could assist the Long Beach Police Department in finding him. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Long Beach Police Department, Detective Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7246 or (562) 570-5534. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

In continuation of #redribbonweek2018, our deputies made their way to different schools and communities to educate our children about living #drugfree . Life is your journey. Travel drug free!