In the past, LASD has acknowledged that deputy subgroups exist. Former Sheriff Alex Villanueva denied the existence of law enforcement gangs within the Sheriff's Department and failed to take meaningful action to eradicate law enforcement gangs and comply with state law.
Unlawful Conduct by the former Sheriff/LASD
The Sheriff’s Department, particularly under former Sheriff Alex Villanueva, 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.
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Inspector General’s Seventh Implementation Status Report - Johnson v. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Prison Rape Elimination Act Facility Audit Report - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Lakewood Station - May 2023
Letter to Deputy Witness Regarding the Investigation of Deputy Gangs
Second Report Back on Addressing Emergent Illicit Substances and Contraband Entering the Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls
Report Back on the Office of Inspector General’s Recommendations for a Communications/Reporting Process from the Probation Department to the Board, OIG, and POC
Report Back on Improving School Climate and Safety
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