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
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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

Being a parent is the single most challenging task a human can ever take on, but this challenge comes with the greatest reward and joy. A Dad, Daddy, Da-da, Pop, Papa, Poppa (whatever you call that father figure in your life), is the person who has taught you the importance of hard work, offered you emotional support, compassion, courage, and responsibility. Today, please take the time to say “Thank You” and wish your Dad, Daddy, Da-da, Pop, Papa, Poppa a Happy Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to you! #HappyFather’s #LASD

Hey LA County! Check out our new feature- The Bear Goes Everywhere! While out and about and as part of our daily duties, Sheriff's deputies routinely patrol roughly 4,750 square miles of LA County. Today's stop... the iconic Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood. How about this nifty tie to the LA County Sheriff's Department... did you know that in 1962, comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested on obscenity charges for saying the word "schmuck" during his routine...and wouldn't you know, one of the arresting officers was former LA County Sheriff Sherman Block! Opened in 1957, this venue claims the launch of many careers, including the likes of Elton John, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Van Morrison, and Kelly Clarkson to name a few. So much history crammed into one tiny building, housed in one tiny city! Anywhere in particular you want to see us visit? Know of any interesting and notable landmarks, buildings, or locations within the LA County limits you would like to see our bear travel to? One of the perks of working in law enforcement is getting to know the residents we serve, and businesses we protect- so give us your suggestions and we will snap a photo while we are there! #TheBearGoesEverywhere

#LADodgers Stars Yasiel Puig, MickeyHatcher & Manny Mota Support LAPD vs LASD Baseball game and youth kickoff event! For over 130 (!) Years, the #LAPD "Centurions" vs #LASD "Hooks" baseball game has been played. Today the Hooks came out victorious, 8-0! Great event LAPD Headquarters, thank you for inviting us! Another great #SafeSummerSwingAThon in the books, we'll see you next year!

Looking for an Opportunity to Make a Difference in Your Community? Become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff Apply online today at: http://lasdcareers.org/rsq.html Special testing tomorrow at College of the Canyons, Valencia The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Reserve Forces Detail is encompassed by community members who volunteer their time and energy to fulfill many of the roles which are traditionally handled by full-time, Deputy Sheriffs. Our Reserve Deputy Sheriffs undergo the same hiring standards as full-time Deputies and work alongside them in support of every aspect of the Department operations. Our reserves perform a multitude of job assignment throughout the county, in addition to regular patrol functions. Our search-and-rescue teams conduct over 600 lifesaving missions each year. Our reserve Posse members perform mall patrols during holidays and appear in a number of parades. We have reserves assigned to Aero Bureau, off-road motorcycle enforcement detail, Special Enforcement Bureau Dive Team and Air Rescue 5, K-9, along with various detective functions throughout the Department. The Reserve Forces Details has over 600 active Reserve Deputy Sheriffs, and is one of the largest law enforcement reserve units in the nation. Accredited by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Reserve program stands as a model to other agencies in the United States as a successful partnership with our community. We continue to seek qualified community members who meet the high standards necessary to become a member of our Reserve program. Our Department also invites currently qualified Reserves for lateral entry into the program.

Here's the #FraudFriday tip for today: Don't use a debit card! Many people like using a debit card due to convenience or as a budgeting tool, but debit cards lack the same consumer protections that credit cards do. Should your account be compromised, you can be responsible for a greater share of the loss than if you had used a credit card. Remember, when you give someone your debit card, you point them to a pot of money which may contain living expenses or even your life’s savings! For more on shopping tips, check out the Department of Consumer Affairs: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0020-shopping-online

Where the term ‘Swimming with Sharks’ is quite literal! Where else can you find a career take you to the depths of our local ocean waters training for a sea rescue or recovery? Here, our Special Enforcement Bureau divers train off the coast of Catalina with rebreather dive exercises. Always remaining at the ready! Just one of more than 350 different jobs you can have all in one career! One Badge. Unlimited Possibilities.

#LASD reminds you to always be aware of your surroundings and of course if you see something then please say something.... this is why.... Brought to you by Cerritos Sheriff Station and Cerritos Community Safety

Congrats to the Grads of 2018! So What’s next? Consider a career with #LASD. #Joinlasd #Classof2018 lasdcareers.org

Hear from one of our Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Station who survived a violent assault where he was shot in the neck “We just go out there and we back each other, just looking for bad people doing bad things, who are out there victimizing our citizens,” White said. “We’re here for them. And if we can do anything to protect them, that’s what we’re going to do.” Thanks to the Signal SCV and Reporter Austin Dave for producing this video segment.

North County Testing for Deputy Sheriff Trainee - Saturday, June 16th - College of the Canyons in Valencia This is it! We are down to the final hours to apply for the Deputy Sheriff Trainee and Reserve Deputy Test this Saturday, June 16th, 2018 located at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita! For more information, message us, or comment below! One Badge. Unlimited Possibilities. LASDcareers.org Many thanks to Austin Dave and the Signal SCV News for producing this highlight video of our event!

#LASD Detectives are Seeking the Public’s Help in Locating at Risk Missing Person, Emily Rubalcaba of West Whittier ***UPDATE*** Emily has been found safe this morning, and has been reunited with her family! Thank you to everyone for spreading the word!

Santa Clarita Valley Deputy Shares Story of Survival, Gratitude after Shooting By Perry Smith, Signal SCV It’s unlikely Deputy Albert White will forget Nov. 28, 2017, any time soon That night, White was shot in the neck in the line of duty while responding to a dangerous call. And the sentiment he wanted to share in an interview Wednesday was gratitude. He was thankful for the deputies who saved him, the community that supported him and the family there for him while he got better, he said. “(My fellow deputies) were there, and they were willing to put their lives in danger so I could get home safely to my wife and daughter,” White said, recalling his ride to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in his the back of another deputy’s patrol car that night. “So, I’m very grateful to them.” White joined the Marines at age 18 because he wanted to serve, and then after fulfilling his obligation, sought out his next service: the Sheriff’s Department, about five years ago. While White couldn’t discuss too many of the details from the shooting in November, as the criminal case surrounding the incident is still pending, The Signal reported the incident shortly after it happened on Bottletree Lane, in Newhall. Deputies converged on an apartment complex on Bottletree Lane, responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call Nov. 28, when White and several other deputies came into contact with the man who shot White in the neck. “We got a call that there was a victim with a gun pointed at her,” White said. “Later in the night, I ended up being shot by the suspect in the neck.” Monolito Guerra, 29, a suspect who had been on parole in Newhall for a little over a month on assault and evading arrest convictions at the time of the shooting, is now facing an attempted murder charge, as well as other allegations, a Homicide Bureau lieutenant said at the time. He’s being held in lieu of more than $5.7 million bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. He’s due back in court July 10, according to court records. White initially was listed in critical condition after the shooting, according to reports from emergency officials, but even in recovery the deputy found a reason to be thankful. The community support he received was a blessing, he said, and the time he was able to spend with his wife and daughter made the best rehabilitation possible. Now more than two months back on the force, White said he was happy to be chosen to serve on the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Summer Crime Enforcement Team, which he described as a family within a family. “We just go out there and we back each other, just looking for bad people doing bad things, who are out there victimizing our citizens,” White said. “We’re here for them. And if we can do anything to protect them, that’s what we’re going to do.” ***We appreciate the story being covered by the Signal SCV and Perry Smith. The article can be found at: https://signalscv.com/2018/06/scv-deputy-shares-story-of-survival-gratitude-after-shooting/

Who recognizes the year, make & model of these vehicles? The patrol vehicle on the left is a 1957 Ford Custom, while the more current vehicle on the right is an early 2000 model Crown Victoria. Now you know! #ThrowbackThursday #LASD

Today is a special day for our country, as both #FlagDay and #ArmyBDay fall on June 14th. Our American flag, as well as our American soldiers- past, present, and future- represent the strength of our Nation, and the bond between soldier and flag runs deep. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department celebrates Old Glory, the U.S. Army, and all of our courageous heroes, and we invite you to honor all things American today! Happy 241st birthday to our flag, and happy 243rd to the #USArmy! #LASD

Detectives continue to search for clues in cold case murder of Korean war vet (FOX 11) - A year has gone by and still no new clues. A family man who made a home in Carson was killed in a street robbery. Fox 11 first told you about the murder of the Korean war vet. Phil Shuman joins us with the family's plea for help on the anniversary of his murder. If you're like most people you'd probably agree that while all murders are tragic, there is in a sense a moral difference between say criminals shooting and killing other criminals, or gang on gang violence, as compared to the beating and murder of an innocent 85-year-old man who was just walking down the street...Frank Hernandez. Hernandez, a Navy vet and beloved in Carson, leaves behind four children, 9 grandchildren, a widow whom he was married to for 60 years, and determined detectives with the LA County Sheriff's Department. It's been a year, and despite a good sketch and witnesses, there have been no solid leads. The Sheriff's Homicide phone number is answered by a person, 24/7 and the hope is some new publicity about this case, which happened in May of last year, will generate some new clues, leads, tips, and will encourage someone, as they say , to '' do the right thing." There's still a $25,000 reward. That phone number by the way is 323-890-5500. http://www.foxla.com/news/local-news/detectives-continue-to-search-for-clues-in-cold-case-murder-of-korean-war-vet

ICYMI: Kitten Rescued After Running Across 60 Freeway, Getting Stuck in Engine Compartment of Car in Diamond Bar Area Rescued by Off-Duty LASD Lieutenant KTLA5 News Reporter Kacey Montoya interviewed LASD Lieutenant Min Dinh and his wife, retired LASD Lieutenant Jenny Ha who assisted a good Samaritan with the rescue of the kitten, after the kitten ran through traffic on the 60 Freeway in the Diamond Bar area and then got stuck in the engine compartment of a stopped vehicle. As seen on KTLA: http://on.ktla.com/EGw86

Just Another Day at the Office for our Forensic Identification Specialist Michelle Acevedo - #LASD Behind the Scenes Hero The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is proud to highlight one of our department’s Behind the Scenes Heroes. Scientific Services Bureau, Forensic Identification Specialist Michelle Acevedo and her partners, routinely go above and beyond the call of duty. On one particular day, Michelle’s supervisor received a request from our Homicide Bureau to photograph human remains found 600 feet down a cliff off of Angeles Crest Highway. This request could only be accomplished by rappelling down the side of the cliff with an array of gear and supplies. Since she was trained to rappel by the Sheriff’s Department Montrose Search and Rescue Team (MSAR Team), she “jumped” at the chance to rappel 600-900 feet off the side of a cliff. The next morning, Michelle gathered her gear (camera, sketch pad, measuring tape, paper bags, etc.) and rappelled over 600 feet through difficult terrain with high temperatures. She said she really wasn’t scared because, “The team that trained us is awesome at what they do, and the training they give us is the best. Although it can be a little dangerous, they make you feel confident, and to [learn to] trust the harness that is securing you.” So how did Michelle end up here? The initial call came to Crescenta Valley Station of a possible motorcyclist over the side of Angeles Crest Highway on August 4, 2017. The location was approximately 32 miles into the Angeles National Forest from La Canada Flintridge. Montrose Search and Rescue personnel were initially called to the scene to locate and rescue the motorcyclist, however, they discovered human remains instead. The on-scene Coroner Investigator requested photographs of the scene and the human remains. When processing a crime scene, she has to document the scene thoroughly. This involves photographing, marking, re-photographing, measuring and then collecting the evidence. Michelle had to improvise a little since the mountain was steep, and she was working with several people on the same rope line (i.e. the coroner’s Special Operations Response Team and MSAR personnel). She basically had one chance to get it right, and wanted to be meticulous in her documentation. It took longer than expected, approximately eight hours. At the end of the exhausting day, Michelle said this was her first rappelling incident, and she would do it all over again. She loves getting out of the office and going outdoors. It was physically challenging, but practice makes better. Without Forensic Identification Specialist like Michelle Acevedo, we would not be able to present evidence in court and put suspects away in prison. Michelle Acevedo started her career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a Custody Assistant at the Inmate Reception Center. Once she got her foot in the door, she finished college and got a degree. With her degree in hand, she applied to work in our crime lab and began her formal training in 2008. Michelle completed training at the crime lab in 2010. The training consisted of two and a half years in the area of latent print analysis and crime scene investigation. Since then, she has responded to dozens of major crimes scenes and completed hundreds of fingerprint comparisons. The remains have since been identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office and Department of Justice as that of Mr. Makoto Ofuji, a 57 year-old resident of Los Angeles. Based on the Homicide detective’s investigation, his death was the result of an unreported motorcycle accident on the Angeles Crest Highway sometime around July 4, 2017. When I asked Michelle what was the most rewarding part of her job, she stated, “Knowing that I can help bring closure to a victim’s family is immeasurable. By doing my job properly, meticulously, and with great pride, I can assist in finding clues, be that in crime scenes or in fingerprint comparisons, that assist in the grand scheme of the case. I would highly recommend this job to anyone who has a love for forensics and who enjoys working hard! It is very challenging and rewarding, but unlike what you see on TV, it involves long hours and being on-call. It is still the greatest job in the world!” Thank you to Lieutenant Hiroshi Yokoyama for sharing Michelle's awesome story with us! http://lasdcareers.org/joinlasd/

#LASDJustTheFacts: Working towards improving Los Angeles County’s Mental Health concerns More than 400,000 suffering from serious mental illness across LACounty LASD MET Teams pair Deputy Sheriffs with Mental Health Clinicians 23 teams deploying Countywide Summer 2018. Sheriff Jim McDonnell addressed this community concern by saying, “Mental illness is not a crime. LASD Mental Evaluation Teams treat people as patients, not suspects” Since 2015, Sheriff McDonnell and the LASD has quadrupled the number of teams pairing deputies and mental health clinicians to divert, de-escalate and help those suffering serious mental illness.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell Commends Noteworthy Teens as they receive Scholarships from Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. “Every child deserves to know there is a path – and to be afforded the tools to get on that path” On Monday, June 11, 2018, 15 new Sheriff’s Scholars were honored at a dinner held at the Hall of Justice. These exceptional youths were selected out of over two thousand possible recipients throughout Los Angeles County. The new Sheriff’s Scholars were each awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship (through a generous donation to the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation) to be used towards their education expenses. The Sheriff’s Scholars were nominated by Deputy Personnel assigned to either a Youth Activities League program or Explorer program site, with final selections made by the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation based on GPA, leadership qualities, volunteer hours, and the overall content of their character. The youths chosen were two students from East Los Angeles Station, one student from Century, one student from Compton, two students from Walnut, two students from Lancaster, one student from Norwalk, one student from Temple, one student from South Los Angeles, three students from Santa Clarita, and one student from Marina Del Rey. In attendance were Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Chief Warren Asmus, and Captains from each of the recipient stations, representatives from the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation who organized the event, families, friends and of course the mentor deputies that work day in and day out to support area youths. Each of the scholars were able to say a few words to thank the most influential people in their lives which invariably included their families, and the deputies that have guided them in the right direction. The Youth Activities League, and Sheriff Explorer’s programs are building a great foundation for our future leaders. We are proud to guide and support the youth of Los Angeles County. Congratulations to all The New Sheriff Scholars! The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation of Los Angeles County (a 501C3) is an extraordinary partnership between the Sheriff Department – and the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. Under the mentorship of Sheriff Deputies at 17 Youth Academies throughout Los Angeles County, the Youth Academies provide a safe haven; teaching, counseling, coaching and giving guidance in academics, life skills, sports and the arts – while, in many cases, serving as a neighbor ‘town center’ for its families. If you are interested in learning more about the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, scholarships and programs: http://www.sheriffsyouthfoundation.org/ Or the Sheriff’s Department Explorer Program: https://www.facebook.com/LASDExplorerProgram/

ICYMI: More than 400,000 Los Angeles County residents suffer from serious mental illness. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's Mental Evaluation Team (MET) works with people suspected of having mental illness. “Mental illness is not a crime. Our MET teams treat people as patients, not suspects.” Sheriff Jim McDonnell This short, 2-minute video gives you a brief understanding of the mental health issues facing law enforcement in the County of Los Angeles, and how LASD’s leadership is poised to respond to the growing concerns of the community.

#LASD Lieutenant, Spouse and Good Samaritan help Save Scared Kitten, 60 Freeway, Diamond Bar On Sunday June 10th Lieutenant Minh Dinh, a 31 year Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) veteran assigned to Internal Affairs Bureau, and his spouse Jenny Ha, a retired LASD Lieutenant were enjoying a quiet Sunday. While driving west on the 60 Freeway near the Grand Avenue exit they saw a lone woman, Cathy Chang, sitting on a blanket, in the emergency lane of the right shoulder. Lieutenant Dinh’s law enforcement instincts kicked in, so he and his wife pulled over to offer their assistance to the driver. Cathy explained that she saw a kitten run across the freeway from the center divider. She immediately pulled over to the emergency lane, at which time the kitten went underneath her car, into her car engine and disappeared. She could hear the kitten crying/meowing from the engine compartment, but couldn’t find where the kitten was. She tried luring the little kitten out by opening a can of cat food. Interestingly enough Cathy volunteers at an animal rescue in Montclair. Who else would carry cat food in their car? After gathering this information, Lieutenant Dinh immediately took quick action, and started frantically looking for the kitten. Minutes later he finally spotted pieces of light brown fur sticking out between the slats of the front grill and figured out the kitten had wedged himself in an inaccessible area of the engine compartment, Lieutenant Dinh who calls himself a weekend mechanic - lifted up the car with a jack, unscrewed the bottom panel that connected the undercarriage to the bumper, and was able to reach behind the grill and save the kitten. Shortly thereafter the Ontario Rescue in Montclair, CA arrived and took the kitten for safekeeping. Needless to say, the rescuers were totally ecstatic. Their hearts were filled with joy and amazement at how this little kitten could cross several lanes of traffic and survive. Fortune was smiling on this furry friend to be placed in the path of these animal lovers; an animal rescue volunteer, an off-duty first responder, and a retired Lieutenant.

Palmdale Station Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two individuals wanted for grand theft, that occurred on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at approximately 12:40 p.m. The first suspect is described as a male Hispanic approximately 5’6”-5’9” and weighs approximately 160-170 pounds. The second suspect is described as a female Hispanic approximately 5’5”-5’8” and weighs approximately 170-180 pounds. The female suspect distracts the employee, while the male steals the gold items by palming them off the displays. Both suspects speak Spanish and appear to be working together. The suspects took approximately $4,000 in jewelry items from a Pawn Shop in Palmdale on May 26, 2018. After stealing the jewelry, the suspects left in a newer model black GMC midsize SUV. Video shows close up of the actual crime and how the suspects were able to successfully commit the crime. Pay attention to video at :25 and :55 seconds mark, and watch the male’s hand on top of screen palm the merchandise. Anyone with information about this incident or witnesses are encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Palmdale Sheriff's Station, Detective Day at (661) 272-2610. 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, or “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired, on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an LASD Helicopter! Regardless of where you are in our great county, you've seen one of our shiny green and gold Eurocopter A-Star Patrol Helicopters flying high above the communities that we serve. You might have had some questions: What it is like to be inside of this helicopter? Who flies the airship? Why are they circling our neighborhood? Better yet... you might have ask, "HOW DO I GET A JOB LIKE THAT?!?!?!?!" Here is a short 2-minute video that highlights one of our amazing flight crews that keep LA County safe! Thanks to Austin Dave and the The Signal SCV News for sharing this ride-along (or is it a fly-along) with our Facebook fans. For more information, click: https://signalscv.com/2018/06/patrolling-the-skies-with-the-los-angeles-county-sheriffs-departments-eye-in-the-sky/

#LASDJustTheFacts about the Rosas Reforms in Los Angeles County Jails • Jail reforms are well underway. Per the Justice Department: “…strong impression that the Department has already achieved a positive change in the culture in the jails with enhanced supervision, training and professionalism...” • The Justice Department Rosas settlement agreement monitors confirm: “There has been a significant reduction in uses of force resulting in serious injuries, greater management accountability and improved inmate-staff communications” • Justice Department monitors did not hear complaints from inmates about excessive use of force by #LASD personnel “…inmates spoke positively to the Panel about the sea change in the culture of the downtown jails.” • “There are no allegations of multiple deputies involved in beating inmates or using force to retaliate against inmates. Serious uses of force are almost non-existent and inmates continue to comment on the changes in use of force in the Jails from the ‘old days’.” per the monitors. • Since 2015, the Justice Department has seen “…management working consistently and aggressively to achieve these important reforms.” Describes #LASD @LACoSheriff results as responsive, transparent, professional and courteous. • The Justice Department briefed Sheriff Jim McDonnell about the Rosas Reforms indicating that there was a ‘sea change’ inside the #LASD jails. Deputies are providing service-centered professionalism.

If you are interested in becoming a Deputy Sheriff Trainee or Reserve Deputy Sheriff, here is your opportunity! Do not forget to attend LASD Recruitment Unit's Accelerated Testing Event at College of the Canyons (Aliso Hall) on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at 8:00 am. Deputy Sheriff Trainee Requirements: - 19 1/2 years of age minimum (no maximum age limit) - US High School Diploma or GED - US Citizen or Permanent Resident who is eligible and has applied for citizenship - Valid California Class "C" driver's license *Arrive in workout attire. Please bring water and snacks. Park in Lot #8. **Submit your application at: LASDcareers.org BEFORE June 16th, 2018. ******************************************** Reserve Deputy Sheriff Requirements: - 20 years of age minimum (at time of appointment) - US High School Diploma or GED - US Citizen or Permanent Resident who is eligible and has applied for citizenship - Valid California Class "C" driver's license - Your social security number must be provided *Arrive in business attire. Park in Lot #8. Make sure to submit your application at: LASDcareers.org BEFORE June 16th, 2018. Questions? Call us at 1-800-A-DEPUTY or message us anytime! One Badge. Unlimited Possibilities. LASDcareers.org