The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD), is the primary law enforcement agency that serves Los Angeles County, California.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is the largest sheriff's department in the United States, and it provides law-enforcement and court bailiff duties to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, as well as incorporated cities within the county. 42 of the county's 88 municipalities contract with the Sheriff’s Department to provide local law-enforcement services. These cities range in population from 800 to 177,000, and in size from 1 to 100 square miles. The LASD also provides security to the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College and Lancaster Community College District. The LASD also provided security to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metrolink, but in March, 2017, this service was disbanded and the security responsibility was transferred to the newly created Transit Services Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The current sheriff of Los Angeles County is Jim McDonnell. He was elected as L.A. County's 32nd sheriff on November 4, 2014. Sheriff McDonnell has extensive experience in law enforcement, starting his career in the Los Angeles Police Department in 1981, where he held every rank except Chief of Police. In 2010, he was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Long Beach Police Department, a position he held until his appointment as the Sheriff of Los Angeles County.
Sheriff McDonnell has expressed support for a civilian oversight commission to supplement the new Inspector General as the department has been the subject of allegations of widespread abuses in the jails over the last few years, culminating in federal criminal charges against multiple deputies and former top officials, including retired Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.
He oversees over 9,100 sworn deputies and over 8,000 civilians. There is also an additional 4,200 civilian volunteers, 900 reserve deputies and 400 explorers.
County Jail System Edit
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department operates the largest jail system in the United States. The Los Angeles County Jail provides short-term incarceration services for all of the County (including cities like Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank, and Long Beach which have their own police departments).
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the Major Crimes Universe Edit
As in reality, the sheriff's department provides law enforcement to Los Angeles County as well as court bailiff duties to the Los Angeles County courts.