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reflect the Sheriff's Department
ties to its communities

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is the second largest municipal law enforcement agency in the nation. Our patrol stations provide protection to Los Angeles County residents from Catalina Island to the Antelope Valley, and from the wilderness of the Angeles National Forest to the hustle-bustle of L.A.’s inner city. The Sheriff’s Department serves as the primary police agency for more than 2.9 million residents. Of those, more than 1.8 million reside in our contract cities.

The Sheriff’s Department is responsible, by charter, to provide municipal police services to the one million residents in the unincorporated communities throughout Los Angeles County. In addition, forty of the county’s eighty-eight cities contract with the Sheriff’s Department to provide local police protection. These cities, ranging in population from 700 to 175,000, and in size from 1 to 100 square miles, represent very diverse communities with equally diverse needs. The Sheriff’s Department works closely with each of these communities to provide a level of service that reflects those individual needs. Services can be provided on a regional basis with other communities, with the benefits of cost sharing, or on a fully dedicated basis.


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Police cars reflect the individual communities served by the Sheriff’s Department

Local identity is an important element to our policing efforts. In many cities, this is partly accomplished through the development of community based policing facilities. And, along with the resources provided on a daily basis, our cities can call upon the entire range of services or equipment provided by the largest Sheriff’s Department in the world.

The Sheriff’s Department also provides supplemental law enforcement services to independent police agencies experiencing staffing shortages, as well as contract police management to agencies in leadership transition.