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Commission Meeting
2018 Conference

Town Halls

Lifting Community Voices

L.A. County residents are invited to a virtual town hall regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Following speaker remarks, local leaders would like to hear about your experience with deputies & how you feel about public safety in your community. Bring your observations, thoughts & suggestions. Join us at the upcoming town hall.

Virtual Town Hall on Community Crime Rates & Public Safety

Tuesday, June 8, 2021  (this was rescheduled from May 11)
5:30-7:30 pm

We’d like to hear about:

  • Changes in community crime rates & public safety
  • Law enforcement crisis response (policing during protests & activities during the pandemic)
  • Response time & patrolling in neighborhoods, parks & transit
  • Other public safety issues affecting your family & community
  • Things that the Department is doing well

Speakers include:

  • Lael Rubin, Commission Chair & Former Deputy District Attorney
  • Dr. Michael J.T. Fisher, Pastor of the Greater Zion Church Family

Tune In:

Comments:

In addition to a live comments following speaker remarks, community members may submit comments or questions in advance: http://bit.ly/2M0F3an.

Next Steps:

After listening to community feedback & conducting research, Commission staff work with ad hoc committees to prepare recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff's Department & the public. As the Commission works to boost transparency & accountability, community input drives the ongoing analysis of the department’s policies, practices & procedures.

If you have any questions about the event, please email cocnotify@coc.lacounty.gov or call (213) 253-5678.

Virtual Town Hall

Community Listening Session: Reflections on the Criminal Justice System

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the Commission hosted a Listening Session where the the community reflectioned on events involving our criminal justice system, thoughts on improving the system and strategies we all can use to address the trauma and stress that often is associated with interactions with law enforcement. The death of George Floyd, amongst others, and subsequent conviction of Derek Chauvin have highlighted the struggles many have with our nation’s criminal justice system. The session helped to support community efforts to express our concerns, make constructive recommendations and discover ways to collectively heal.

Speakers included: Lael Rubin, Civilian Oversight Commission Chair & Former Deputy District Attorney; Wendy Blanco, Director of Counseling Services & Trauma Recovery, Peace Over Violence; Robin Toma, Executive Director Human Relations Commission; Pierre Arreola, Senior Human Relations Consultant, Human Relations Commission; & Pastor V. Jesse Smith from The Way Center of Truth. Play the video below or view the Webex recording.

 


Virtual Town Hall

Law Enforcement Interactions with People Who Have Mental Health Conditions or Developmental Disabilities

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Commission held a Town Hall on interactions with people who have mental health conditions or developmental disabilities. This event is created a safe space for leaders and community members to provide feedback about law enforcement crisis response to incidents involving people who have mental health conditions or developmental disabilities; public safety needs of, and law enforcement efforts to serve these community members and their families; and ideas to reduce negative interactions or improve outcomes of these exchanges, among other concerns.

Speakers included: Lael Rubin, Civilian Oversight Commission Chair & Former Deputy District Attorney; Pietro “Piero” D’Ingillo, Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Services Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Mark Gale, Criminal Justice Chair, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Los Angeles CountyJudy Mark, co-founder and President, Disability Voices United; Casimiro U. Tolentino, Civilian Oversight Commission Vice Chair & Former Administrative Law Judge for the State of California; & Brian K. Williams, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission. Play the video below or view the Webex recording.

Resources:  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sampling of Programs PDF

 


 

Virtual Town Hall

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Use of Force

On Thursday, March 4, 2021, the Commission held a Town Hall on Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Use of Force to hear about residents' experience with deputies & how they feel about public safety in their communities. Speakers included: Lael Rubin, Civilian Oversight Commission Chair & Former Deputy District Attorney; Casimiro U. Tolentino, Civilian Oversight Commission Vice Chair & Former Administrative Law Judge for the State of California; Patti Giggans, Civilian Oversight Commissioner & Executive Director of Peace Over Violence; John Raphling, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch; and V. Jesse Smith, Senior Pastor of The Way Center of Truth, Inc. & founder of Heights of Greatness Leadership Institute. Play the video below or view the Webex recording.