In the past, LASD has acknowledged that deputy subgroups exist. The current Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, now denies the existence of law enforcement gangs within the Department and has failed to take meaningful action to eradicate law enforcement gangs and comply with state law.
Unlawful Conduct by the Sheriff/LASD
The Sheriff’s Department has gone to great lengths to keep its conduct secret. The unlawful acts and potentially unlawful acts enumerated in our reports show a pattern and practice of the repudiation of oversight by the Office of Inspector General, the Civilian Oversight Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and the public.
Probation Department Oversight
On October 1, 2019, the Board of Supervisors created the Probation Oversight Commission and granted the Office of Inspector General an investigatory role to enhance oversight of the Los Angeles County Probation Department.