Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is the fourth largest local policing agency in the United States. There are approximately 17,926 employees; over 9,972 sworn deputies and 7,954 non sworn members. LASD deputies provided law enforcement services to over three million residents in an area of 3,171 square miles. The department patrols over 177 county parks, golf courses, special event venues, two major lakes, 16 hospitals, and over 300 county facilities.
About Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in brief
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is the fourth largest local policing agency in the United States. There are approximately 17,926 employees; over 9,972 sworn deputies and 7,954 non sworn members. On December 3, 2018, Alex Villanueva took the oath of office and was sworn in as the 33rd L.A. County Sheriff. LASD deputies provided law enforcement services to over three million residents in an area of 3,171 square miles. The department patrols over 177 county parks, golf courses, special event venues, two major lakes, 16 hospitals, and over 300 county facilities. The L. A. County Jail incarcerates about 200,000 individuals each year, and with such large numbers, the jail has faced numerous problems with its facilities. In May 2013, the Men’s Central Jail and the Twin Towers Correctional Facility ranked as one of the ten worst jails in the U.S., based on reporting in Mother Jones magazine. Los Angeles Jail’s K6 unit is a separate unit for gay and transgender men and women, which is intended to be separate from the jail’s general unit for women. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s department operates the largest jail system in the world. The Department also contracts with nine campuses of the Los Angeles and Lancaster Community Colleges, and provides services, such as crime laboratories, homicide investigations, and academy training, to smaller law enforcement agencies within the county. In addition to providing patrol services, the department provides courthouse security for the Superior Court of LA County, and the housing and transportation of inmates within the County jail system.
It is the second largest transit police force in the country, aside from the New York City Police Department. It also provides services to ten community colleges, including policing contracts of the Metro trains and buses of the LA Metro and Metrolink, and providing services to small police agencies in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Diego. It was named the world’s largest sheriff’s department in 2012 by the magazine “Sheriff’s Logos” The department’s headquarters are located in downtown Los Angeles at the Los LA County Hall of Justice. It has 18,000 employees, including 4,200 civilian volunteers, 791 reserve deputies and 400 explorers. It provides patrol services for 153 unincorporated communities and 42 cities, as well as providing courthouse security in the uninc incorporated areas of the county and 42 contract cities. In 2013, L.L.C. Sheriff Lee Baca announced that the Men’s Central Jail could be closed. Construction of a new jail has been proposed to replace the Men Central Jail. The Men’s Central Jail is located at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, California. The North County Correctional Facility is the largest of the four jail facilities located at Pitchess and the Century Regional Detention Facility or the Lynwood Jail, is located in Lynwood, California, and the North County Correctional Facility is located in Los Angeles.