Last year was one of transition and innovation, and I am proud to share with you a number of historic milestones for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
We launched one of the nation’s first Regional Taskforces on Human Trafficking with a special emphasis on fighting the trafficking of children.
The department also developed a partnership with the U. S. Attorney’s Office and the City of Compton in the Violence Reduction Network, where our Compton Station is part of a ten-city network looking at the most effective crime fighting and community trust building initiatives.
We entered into joint settlement agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice that have helped us bring committed resources, as well as best practices, to both patrol and custody in areas that include training, constitutional policing models and more effective collaborations with the community. The department now has formal approval by the Board of Supervisors to move forward with a long-overdue Correctional Treatment Center to replace the dilapidated Men’s Central Jail and a 20-year jail system master plan to deal with the complex and growing population of individuals suffering from mental illness.
The Sheriff’s Department also has proven to be a leader in forensics and data sharing. In 2015, our crime lab received two additional accreditations to become the largest full-service, fully accredited crime laboratory in the United States, serving more than 200 law enforcement agencies.
Our Professional Standards Division launched the Public Data Sharing project on www.LASD.org in an effort to be more transparent about providing information to the public.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was established in 1850 with a tradition of service, integrity and accountability. I and the 18,000 men and women of the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Department share a pride in the accomplishments, the diversity of function and combined strength of sworn and professional staff who work every day to be a national leader in law enforcement.