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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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The Sheriff of Los Angeles County oversees the largest sheriff's department in the United States, providing police services to all unincorporated county areas, all county parks, public venues and facilities, 38 county courthouses and police service contracts with 42 of 88 Los Angeles County municipalities and the 10 campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District. The department is the second largest police agency in the nation. Sheriff's patrol deputies respond annually to about one millions calls among almost 3 million residents and patrol 3,159 square miles. Sheriff's investigators conduct an estimated 77,000 criminal investigations each year. The Sheriff also manages the nation's largest jail system, supervising 17,153 jail inmates at any given time and transporting more than half a million inmates per year between jails and the county's 38 courthouses. The county's newest jail facility, Twin Towers, is the largest jail facility in the world. The Sheriff also provides courtroom bailiffs and serves process for L.A. County's enormous court system. The Sheriff also provides police services for all Metrolink train routes and the entire bus and light rail system of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Although the Sheriff's Department has often been portrayed in television shows and motion pictures like the LAPD, it has not achieved the same level of international acclaim and recognition.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department handles an estimated 1,200,000 calls for patrol service each year and conducts an estimated 77,000 criminal investigations.


Hall of Justice, 211 West Temple St, Los Angeles 90012; (213) 229-1700

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Custody Operations
Patrol Operations
Countywide Operations

  • Total number of sworn officers: 9,565
  • Total number of civilian employees: 6,365

Demographics of Sworn Officers by Sex & Race:

Last report found was for 2015

Sex & Race 2015 2008 2001
Male 82% 84% 85%
Female 18% 16% 15%
White 41% 47% 57%
Hispanic 43% 37% 28%
Black 9% 10% 10%
Asian 5% 4% 4%
Filipino 2% 1% 1%
Native American <0.5% 0.2% 0.2%

Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (through its Court Services Division) operates a fleet of prisoner transportation coach-style buses (82 at last count), driven by deputies who drive more than 3.2 million miles in one year.