Sheriff Lee Baca; Dennis Hathaway, Vice President of Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.; Commander Henry Romero of Field Operations Region III, Commander Stephen Johnson and Captain Stacy Lee from Custody Headquarters; Captain James Wolak of East Los Angeles Station; and Captain Joseph Nunez of Century Regional Detention Facility, joined Santa Claus at the Brooklyn Avenue Early Education Center in East Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. The Sheriff, Mr. Hathaway, and retired Deputy Sheriff Charles “Bobby” Beals, who volunteered to play “Santa” for his 49th consecutive year, handed out toys to more than 100 delighted children.

“This year we look forward to visiting the Brooklyn Avenue Early Education Center to interact with the children,” said Sheriff Baca. “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.”

Given to the girls were some of the 2,000 dolls handcrafted by female inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility. The doll program began over 52 years ago as a work project for women in the Los Angeles County jail and remains a tradition today, thanks to the generous donations of materials by community members and Department personnel. The young boys at the center received handmade wooden toys. These cars, trucks and helicopters were part of approximately 150 toys handcrafted by male inmates incarcerated at the Pitchess Detention Center. The remaining dolls and toys crafted by the inmates are distributed to underprivileged or physically-challenged children throughout Los Angeles County.

For more information please contact Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau at (323) 267-1973.