The FBI defines an active shooter as a person actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is not pattern or method to their selection of victims. Our personnel, led by our Homeland Security Section, continue to practice saving our citizens wounded in active shootings. Last month, at an Active Shooter Drill at Temple City High School, their staff, faculty and students, Battalion 10 Chief Eleni Pappas, Battalion 10 units, our Homeland Security Section (HSS) and our Sheriff (LASD) Special Enforcement Bureau group trained together to prepare for the worst. Read More
Whenever a wildfire breaks out in Los Angeles County, our Department moves quickly into overdrive to keep it from growing. Fire moves 16 times faster uphill, so the name of the game is knockdown and containment. Wildfire attack plays out on the ground and in the air, as water-dropping helicopters whirl to the scene, and engine companies and camp crews race into the hillsides. Read More
During the month of April, outstanding volunteers were celebrated in our Department and County-wide. The Explorer Program held its 9th Annual Explorer Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 5 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City with over 500 guests in attendance. Also, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed April 7 as “Volunteers: Community Heroes Day” in support of the Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards held that same day at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This year our Department awarded volunteer Robin Kennard for his dedicated service to the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program, and volunteer Shara Aivazi for his excellent service within the Explorer Program.