The District Attorney of Los Angeles County prosecutes felony and misdemeanor crimes that occur within the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County, California.
The current District Attorney of Los Angeles County is Jackie Lacey. She has served as the District Attorney since December 3, 2012.
Some misdemeanor crimes are prosecuted by local city attorneys. City attorneys prosecute minor misdemeanors and infractions that are violations of the municipal code governing the incorporated cities (e.g. Los Angeles) within the county.
District Attorney's Bureau of Investigation Edit
The Los Angeles County District Attorney has employed detectives to investigate and/or assist in the prosecution of criminal cases since at least 1891.
Currently the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Bureau of Investigation has approximately 300 peace officers and it is the county’s fourth largest law enforcement agency.
The Bureau functions primarily to provide prosecution support to deputy district attorneys. It also has substantially staffed units with original jurisdictional responsibilities such as investigating local government corruption, complex frauds, and organized crime syndicates. Its staff also assists other law enforcement agencies with vehicular and electronic surveillance, undercover operations and photographic services.
In the last episode of The Closer, "The Last Word", Brenda Leigh Johnson leaves the Los Angeles Police Department for a job as Chief of the Bureau of Investigation. She also took David Gabriel with her to act as a liaison officer to the LAPD.
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office personnel in the Major Crimes Universe Edit
- Deputy District Attorney Andrea Hobbs (Kathe Mazur): The DDA who works most frequently with the Major Crimes Division, Hobbs is a team player.
- Deputy District Attorney Emma Rios (Nadine Velazquez): A new, inexperienced DDA under Hobbs' supervision, she is charged with preparing the case against Phillip Stroh (Major Crimes, Season 2).
- Deputy District Attorney Ozzy Michaels: DDA that has worked with the Major Crimes Division.