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What is the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responsible for?

-23 Patrol Stations serving the residents of 42 contract cities and 130 unincorporated communities within 4,084 square miles

-Emergency Operations for California Region I

Securing and Protecting:

-8 County Jails, with a capacity of over 20,000 inmates daily

-42 Courthouses

-Transit Policing throughout LA County

-10 Community Colleges

-140 County Parks

-Over 50 County Buildingsand much more!

How many people work for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department?

-9,500 Sworn Personnel

-7,600 Civilian Personnel

-823 Reserve Deputies

-494 Youth Explorers

-Over 4,000 Civilian Volunteers (as of 4/2013)

What is the budget of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for Fiscal Year 2012-2013?

-$2,255,929,000 dollars (salaries and employee benefits)

How is the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department structured?

Who is Sheriff Lee Baca?

Sheriff Baca commands the largest Sheriff's Department in the world. He is also the Director of Homeland Security-Mutual Aid for California Region I, which includes the County of Orange. Region I serves 13 million people.

Sheriff Baca incorporates innovative best practices into his leadership style based on pro-active, progressive problem solving.

His development of leadership qualities in all levels of the Sheriff's Department have resulted in strong solutions to problems such as drug addiction, domestic violence, homelessness, gangs, illiteracy, at-risk youth, parenting, and the quality of life in neighborhoods. He also manages eighteen non-profit Youth Athletic League Centers serving at-risk youth in after-school programs involving academics, sports, and cultural arts.

Sheriff Baca also developed the Office of Independent Review, comprised of six civil rights attorneys who provide independent oversight on all internal affairs and internal criminal investigations concerning alleged misconduct by Department personnel. This unique model of civilian oversight is a natural model of police accountability.

Sheriff Baca earned his Doctorate of Public Administration Degree from the University of Southern California. He is a life member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, USC Chapter. A strong advocate of education, he developed the LASD University consortium with over 20 universities where over 1,000 members of the Sheriff's Department are enrolled in Bachelor's and Master's Degree programs.

Sheriff Baca was elected Sheriff of Los Angeles County in December 1998, and was re-elected in 2010 for his fourth term in office. He entered the Sheriff's Department on August 23, 1965. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

Is the Sheriff's Department different from a Police Department?

Yes. Police Departments provide policing for one city. Sheriff's Departments provide policing (and other services) for all of the County's unincorporated communities and for cities within that County that contract with the Sheriff's Department to be their police. There are often many cities within a county.

The City of Los Angeles, in blue, is within the County of Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles, in blue, is within the County of Los Angeles

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