Los Angeles County,
I am proud to announce my candidacy for Los Angeles County Sheriff to restore public trust and reform the Sheriff’s Department. The current Sheriff has created dysfunction and chaos which has put our public safety at risk. We can do much better.
As Police Chief of Long Beach for the last seven years, and a 36-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department, I am ready to take on the challenge of leading the Sheriff’s Department.
Growing up in a Latino, working class, immigrant family in an unincorporated East Los Angeles neighborhood, patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department, opened my eyes to examples of both good and bad policing. My family and I experienced inequity based on the color of our skin and the language we spoke, which caused me to become a life-long advocate for justice. My personal experiences shaped my views on relationship-based policing in under-served communities of color.
I have led the Department towards community-centered police policies and practices modeled by the Task Force on 21st Century Policing established by President Obama. In particular, I implemented the City’s Neighborhood Walks program and have prioritized relationship-building and crime prevention. The Long Beach community has come together in support of these new policies and I look forward to being able to share them with the rest of the County.
I am the only candidate in this race who comes from outside the Sheriff’s Department. It’s time that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department became a place that’s viewed as the premier law enforcement establishment in the County. My bottom line: as Sheriff, our service always needs to be respectful, empathetic, and constitutional.
I look forward to getting to know you through the course of the campaign. Please visit my website to learn more about my campaign as well as to endorse my candidacy. I’d be honored to earn your support.