Transparency, Openness, Public Trust, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
County of Los Angeles Oversight:
www.lasd.org - The official website of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website includes photos, videos, and frequently updated content, in a features-rich environment. “Our new website provides the public what, we believe, the public has long wanted, in the way they want it provided. It is useful and interesting information, presented in an engaging and highly visual way”, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. www.lasd.org
Language translator on www.lasd.org Over 50 languages can be translated on LASD.org® using the language translator at the bottom of the website pages. The LASD.org® website has made reasonable efforts to provide an accurate translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of LASD.org® website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version. www.lasd.org
Civil Grand Jury, County of Los Angeles
http://grandjury.co.la.ca.us/ A Grand Jury…the citizens of the county before a court of competent jurisdiction, and sworn to investigate or inquire into county matters of civil concern…The California grand jury system has its historical roots in the Old English grand jury system, the purpose of which was to protect citizens from the arbitrary power of the Crown. The California system continues to retain the goal or protecting residents from abuse by local government. In civil matters, the jury performs oversight functions of Los Angeles County, 88 cities, all school districts and other local government agencies. The Civil Grand Jury is an independent and confidential body and may not, except for legal cause, be prevented from acting within its jurisdiction…”
Criminal Grand Jury, County of Los Angeles
http://grandjury.co.la.ca.us/ In Los Angeles County the Criminal Grand Jury attends hearings to weigh evidence brought by the District Attorney's Office in order to determine on the basis of this evidence whether certain persons should be charged with crimes and required to stand trial in the Superior Court. The Criminal Grand Jury is an accusatory body and not a trial jury; therefore, the burden of proof is much lower. Specifically, the Criminal Grand Jury must decide if there is a strong suspicion the individual committed the crime alleged.
Coroner’s Department, County of Los Angeles
http://coroner.co.la.ca.us/htm/intro.cfm State law requires that the Coroner inquire into and determine the circumstances, manner, and cause, of all deaths that are, or seem to be sudden, violent, unusual, or deaths where the decedent has not been seen by a physician 20 days prior to death. The deceased will be taken to the Coroner’s Office and examined by a physician to discover the cause of death… The Deputy Medical Examiner will decide if an autopsy is necessary to establish the cause and circumstances of death.
District Attorney’s Office, County of Los Angeles
http://da.co.la.ca.us/ Officer-Involved Shooting Response Program For Officer/Deputy-Involved Shootings and In-Custody Deaths: Matters involving the use of force, especially when death or serious bodily injury occurs, are often the most scrutinized matters involving a peace officer. The community has a right to know whether or not an officer lawfully used deadly force in the application of his or her duties. It is incumbent upon the District Attorney’s Office to investigate officer-involved shootings and deaths that occur while a person is in the custody of a peace officer.
To that end, the District Attorney’s Office has established the District Attorney Response Team (D.A.R.T.). Whenever a law enforcement shooting within the County of Los Angeles injures or fatally wounds a person, an experienced deputy district attorney and a senior investigator respond to the scene and conduct an independent investigation into the matter. The District Attorney’s Office also conducts independent investigations whenever force has been used against a person who is in the custody of a law enforcement officer and it appears that the force may have been the proximate cause of death. http://da.co.la.ca.us/jsid.htm#oishootings
Office of Independent Review (OIR), County of Los Angeles
http://www.laoir.com/ The mission of OIR is to monitor the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) and provide legal advice to ensure that allegations of officer misconduct involving LASD are investigated in thorough, fair, and effective ways. Based on an idea that came largely from Sheriff Lee Baca himself, OIR consists of six attorneys with backgrounds in criminal law and civil rights issues.
Ombudsman, County of Los Angeles
http://ombudsman.lacounty.info/ The Ombudsman facilitates timely investigations of public complaints involving the Sheriff’s Department. The Ombudsman only reviews completed service reviews or investigations which have been appealed to the Ombudsman by dissatisfied complainants. The Ombudsman does not have investigative authority and is not empowered to initiate or conduct an administrative investigation, nor will he involve himself in criminal investigations of misconduct.
Equity Oversight Panel (EOP), County of Los Angeles The Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Panel's mission is to provide timely information, offer expert advice and constructive feedback, and make recommendations regarding equity matters to the Sheriff's Department through reviews, audits, and monitoring to assist the Sheriff's Department with its goal of providing every Department member a workplace free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. In its role as reviewers of equity investigations, the Equity Oversight Panel's mission is to make the fairest, most appropriate and accurate findings and recommendations possible for each investigation.
The Community Academy Program provides community residents with insight into the Sheriff's Department and how we do our job. The academy is an eight week program. Members meet once a week and curriculum includes presentations by department members, ride-alongs and role-playing. Applicants must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by a guardian and pass a very brief background check.
Summaries and contact information for over one hundred LASD community partnership and volunteer programs which involve nearly 4,000 community members.
Complaint/ Commendation Line - LASD (800) 698-8255
A complaint or commendation may be filed 24 hours a day by calling the LASD Internal Affairs Bureau at 1-(800) 698-8255 (answered by Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau after business hours). They may also be filed by U.S. mail, through e-mail at www.lasd.org, or in person at any Sheriff’s facility. When filing the complaint at a Sheriff’s facility, you may ask for the Watch Commander or person in charge. A unique tracking number will be given to you for future reference.
Crime Stoppers - Confidential and Anonymous communication to the LASD Crime Stoppers - The public can anonymously communicate with the LASD via “Crime Stoppers.” Call 800-222-TIPS (8477), or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or www.lacrimestoppers.org
Direct updates from the LASD via text messaging or emails Nixle® is being used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to send free geographically-specific e-mails and text messages directly to the public. Messages include arrests, neighborhood-specific alerts and advisories, traffic incidents, road closures, wanted persons, missing persons, crime trends, and more.
“With the Nixle instant notification system, the Sheriff’s Department can communicate accurate, timely, and reliable information directly to the public via your cell phones and email,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. “Nixle is a great success story of a public-private partnership that enhances public safety at no cost to taxpayers,” he added.
Inmate Information Center, LASD (213) 473-6080 http://app4.lasd.org/iic/ajis_search.cfm Information concerning adults arrested and booked into the Los Angeles County Automated Jail Information System (AJIS). The Inmate Information Center contains inmate information on all persons arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the majority of other municipal police agencies within Los Angeles County. It includes name, booking number, birth date, violation, bail amount, court date, and other legally available public info.
Inquiries, Comments, and Sheriff's Department Contact Information (www.lasd.org) If you are trying to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for general inquiries, please select one of the following options: Through the use of the Departments website; Sheriff's Department General Mailing Address; Contact the Sheriff's Department or your local police; Links to Sheriff's Stations or Police Departments for all Cities and Unincorporated Areas in Los Angeles County; Feedback - This feedback system is NOT to be used for reporting a crime or criminal activity. http://sheriff.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lasd/contact
Public Response Form - (COMMENDATION or COMPLAINT) If you are reporting an emergency, please call 911. If you would like to report a crime, contact your local law enforcement agency.. This feedback system is NOT to be used for reporting a crime or criminal activity. http://www.lasdhq.org/contact_us/commendation.html
Inmate Complaints, Los Angeles County Jail System, LASD
Any inmate within Custody Division may submit an appeal, and have grievances resolved, relating to any condition of confinement. Each unit commander shall designate a supervisor, at the permanent rank of sergeant or above, to assume the collateral duty of Inmate Complaint Coordinator. The unit commander shall also ensure that each housing unit within the facility has an adequate supply of Inmate Complaint Forms available, and that the inmates have unrestricted access to the forms. All inmates are permitted to report a complaint, whether or not it is written on the specified form. Each housing area shall have a locked repository accessible to inmates, where they are allowed to deposit their completed forms without interference.
Service Audit Program, Field Operations Regions, LASD
Audits and surveys assist in determining the effectiveness of services as perceived by customers. The LASD Service Audit Program helps determine citizen satisfaction and how we are performing our duties in the eyes of our customers, the citizens of the communities we serve. The "Service Audit Program" is designed to measure the quality of our total service to the community.
Year In Review – LASD (1998 - current)
Years In Review Publications are an annual summary of Department operations, details about the Department including highlighted units, summaries of Department personnel strength, crime activity summary.
Publications: LASD booklets on dozens of topics
LASD Publications Catalog Numerous LASD publications including the LASD Year in Review, Public Trust Policing, A Decade of Leadership, Plice Diplomacy - A Global Trust, and many more.
Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC) http://www.parc.info/home.chtml PARC assists Special Counsel to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (PARC President Merrick Bobb) in monitoring the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). After the Kolts Report was published in 1992, which highlighted a broad array of LASD failures, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to retain Mr. Bobb, who had been General Counsel of the Kolts Commission, to conduct monitoring duties and prepare semiannual reports describing findings and recommendations. Click here to view all of the Semiannual Reports.
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The LASD.org® website has made reasonable efforts to provide an accurate translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of LASD.org® website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.