IMPORTANT DATES AND DEVELOPMENTS:
1899 – First African American Deputy Sheriff, J.B. Loving, hired by Sheriff William A. Hammel.
1907 -The Department purchased its first automobile for use by the Sheriff.
1912 -Mrs. Margaret Q. Adams was sworn in as the first woman Deputy in the United States. Local Constables were absorbed into the Department as Sheriff's Deputies. Deputies first assigned to night duty.
1913 -The fee system of compensation was abolished and the Civil Service merit system was installed. This was one of the most important steps toward modernizing the Department.
1915 -The Bureau of Identification was established and the fingerprint system was adopted.
1921 -The first Sheriff's Department Detention "Honor Camp" was constructed and the "Chain Gang" system was abolished. The Record Bureau was formed. The Homicide Detail was established.
1922 -The Robbery, Narcotic, Auto Theft and Liquor Details were established.
1924 -The first sub-stations were completed. They were the Florence (became Firestone Park Station in 1955) and East Los Angeles Stations.
1926 -The Hall of Justice Jail was completed. The Vermont (became Lennox Station in 1948), Norwalk, Temple City and Newhall Stations were completed.
1927 -The Altadena and San Dimas Stations were completed.
1928 -The Crime Laboratory and the County-wide teletype system were developed.
The Fairfax Station was completed. (Became West Hollywood Station in 1957).
1931 -The Aero Squadron was created.
1932 -The marked car Patrol system was inaugurated. Uniforms were adopted. Prior to this time, all Departmental personnel wore civilian clothes.
1933 -The Silver Mounted Posse was formed. This year marked the beginning of the Sheriff's Reserves.
1934 -The Malibu outpost was completed.
1935 -The Sheriff's School of Instruction, now known as the Sheriff's Academy, was opened.
1937 -The Montrose and Lancaster (became Antelope Valley Station in 1961) Stations opened. Two-way radio service was instituted.
1938 -Wayside Honor Rancho was completed.
1959 -Lakewood Station was completed.
1963 -After 179 years of private police patrol, Catalina Island contracted with Los Angeles county. Men's Central Jail was completed. Sybil Brand Institute for Women was completed.
1964 -City of Industry Station was completed.
1966 -"Sky Knight" helicopter patrol was initiated.
1970 -Special Enforcement and Emergency Services Bureau facilities were completed.
1972 -Automated Index System was initiated with instant access to criminal records and fingerprints from other justice agencies and summary probation sentences from county courts. Santa Clarita Valley Station was dedicated, replacing the old Newhall Station.
1973 -Communications Center began operations with computerized high speed dispatch facilities.
1974 -Carson Station was completed. New Montrose Station was completed and renamed Crescenta Valley Station.
1975 -Lomita Station was dedicated.
1976 -Crime Laboratory moved to expanded new facilities that accommodate the latest scientific equipment and technique.
1977 -Lynwood became the 9th Sheriff's Station when that city contracted with the County for law enforcement.
1978 -After incorporation, Lancaster began operation as the 32nd city to contract for the Sheriff's services.
1979 -Canine Program uses dogs for searching and bomb detection.
1980 -"Cops Love Kids" program establishes a firm relationship of mutual trust between children and deputies.
1981 -First full-time female law enforcement helicopter pilot in the nation's history.
1982 -For the first time in over 23 years, a new Sheriff, Sherman Block, was given the oath of office.
1983 -Marina del Rey Sheriff's Station was completed.
1984 - Dedication of S.T.A.R.S. Center in Whittier.
1985 - Avalon Station, on Santa Catalina Island, dedicated.
1986 - Department unveils Mobile Entry Device.
1987 - Walnut Station dedicated.
1988 - Beretta 9mm semi-automatic pistol became Department's official sidearm. Gang Enforcement Team (G.E.T.) was created.
1989 - Department began transmitting radio calls on new portable 480 Radio Systems. Sheriff's Museum dedicated.
1990 - Transit Service Bureau formed. North County Correctional Center dedicated by President George Bush and Sheriff Block.
1991 - Office of Professional and Ethical Standards created. Mobile Digital Communication System dedicated. Lost Hills Station dedicated.
1992 - Metro Vice Bureau created. Palmdale Station dedicated. Risk Management Bureau created.
1993 - Universal City Substation opened (formerly located in a trailer). Professional Standards & Training Division created. Biscailuz Center closed. Hall of Justice Jail closed. Headquarters moved to Monterey Park. Mira Loma Jail Facility closed.
1994 - Marshal's Department merged with Sheriff's Department. Lynwood Regional Justice Center dedicated.
1995 - Construction completed on $373 million Twin Towers Correctional Facility.
1996 - Lancaster Sheriff's Station dedicated. First Regional Civilian Academy graduation ceremony.
1997 - Consolidation of Custody Divisions North and South into a single Custody Division. Twin Towers Correctional Facility Grand Opening. Restoration of Pico Rivera Station to full service. Mira Loma Detention Center re-opened to house Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detainees.
As of December 31, 1995, a total of 2,557,754 citizens in an area of 3,171 square miles received direct law enforcement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
With 8,028 sworn personnel and 4,377 civilian employees (as of December 1, 1996), the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is the largest Sheriff's Department in the world.
1998 - On December 7 Leroy D. Baca was sworn in as Los Angeles County’s 30th Sheriff. Sheriff Baca commands the largest Sheriff’s Department in the world and supervises more than 13,000 sworn personnel and professional staff.
1999 - Creation of the Deputy Leadership Institute, Asian Crime Task Force, and Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau. Expanded the Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) program, the Town Sheriff program, and other mentoring programs. Opened the Biscailuz Recovery Center and restored the San Dimas and Marina Del Rey Stations to full-service status. Formed the LASD Charitable Committee, a year-long program to fund the first-ever float in the Tournament of Roses Parade and to raise funds for the Department’s youth programs. Scientific Services Bureau is now using the most advanced DNA testing procedure utilizing STR (short tandem repeats) technology. STR technology enables personnel to conduct “cold searches” from biological evidence collected at crime scenes to identify possible suspects.
2000 - After 44 years of being one of six contract cities being serviced from Lakewood Station, the City of Cerritos became under autonomous command and began law enforcement services from their new Cerritos Station. On September 17, the City of Compton began contracting services with the Sheriff’s Department. The Community Transition Unit was established to provide inmates with the tools and life-skills to successfully reintegrate into the community. Scientific Services Bureau had three cold hits and zero case-to-case hit using CODIS (Combined DNA Indexing System).
2001 - A new Mobile Recruitment Center was put into service, allowing personnel to administer entrance examinations for prospective deputy sheriffs at community events, college campuses, and job fairs. Formalization of the Department’s 30-year strategic plan, known as LASD2. Establishment of the Office of Independent Review, which oversees internal investigations and citizen complaints. The security and law enforcement services for nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District became part of the Sheriff’s Department and became the Community College Bureau. Creation of the Hate Crimes Unit and In-Court Release Program. Scientific Services Bureau had six cold hits and one case-to-case hits using CODIS.
2002 - Formation of the Office of Homeland Security, this Division will be responsible for the coordinated strategy of preparedness for Los Angeles County’s first responders. The Sheriff’s Communications Center was remodeled. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department University (LASDU) was created making educational opportunities available for Department personnel. Scientific Services Bureau had nine cold hits and four case-to-case hits using CODIS.
2003 - The contract for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was expanded to include the entire transit system, making the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department the second largest transit policing agency in the nation. Aero Bureau received shipment on seven new American Eurocopter A-STAR helicopters to upgrade the Bureau’s aging fleet. Cargo Criminal Apprehension Team (Cargo CATs) was resurrected by funding provided by the City of Los Angeles Port and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. A new Emergency Services Detail rescue boat was provided by special grant funding from the California State Department of Boating and Waterways, and motors donated by Honda Motor Corporation. Five new search and rescue equipment trucks were obtained with drug asset forfeiture funds. A new bomb detection canine “Simba” was gifted to the Department by the Foundation to Combat Terrorism and Transnational Crime. Scientific Services Bureau had 29 cold hits and 18 case-to-case hits using CODIS.
2004 - The Rowland Heights Service Center was opened to better serve the community. A new neighborhood Sheriff’s Office was opened for business in the Athens area of unincorporated Los Angeles. Compton Sheriff’s Station received a free refurbishment from the television show “Monster House.” Scientific Services Bureau had 61 cold hits and 18 case-to-case hits using CODIS.
2005 - Construction began on the new state-of-the art Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory which will be located on the California State University, Los Angeles campus. Scientific Services Bureau to date has 24 cold hits and 10 case-to-case hits using CODIS.
2006 - In July, The Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC) opened it's doors to coordinate the tracking and dissemination of counter-Terrorism information. the Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) group, in a concerted effort with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles Police Department, will filter tips received regarding possible terrorist activities. this proactive effort will undeniably benefit the Southland in identifying threats, following leads, and ultimately preventing attacks in the Southland.