A conversation with Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell on the international aspects of his work.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is the largest in the world with approximately 18,000 employees and the responsibility to secure 18,000 inmates every day. Its International Liaison Unit utilizes "police diplomacy" to connect with police agencies around the world, exchange resources, training, and experience between nations, offer support to over 110 embassies and consulates and notify them of the arrests and deaths of foreign nationals within L.A. County, follow protocols of consular notification and diplomatic immunity, and provide multilingual interpreter services.
How is the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department working to address international issues such as human trafficking, cyber-crime, homeless populations, and many others that continue to be challenges in the region? How has Los Angeles’ transformation into a global city impacted the work of Sheriff McDonnell and his department?
The Honorable Jim McDonnell, Sheriff, Los Angeles County
Sheriff McDonnell was sworn in as the 32nd Sheriff of Los Angeles County on December 1, 2014. He served for 29 years in the Los Angeles Police Department, where he held every rank from police officer to second-in-command under Chief Bill Bratton. For five years, Sheriff McDonnell served as the chief of the Long Beach Police Department. He has also served as president of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association, president of the California Peace Officers' Association, a member (appointed by both Governor Brown and Governor Schwarzenegger) of the California Commission on Peace Officers' Standards & Training (POST), and a board member of the Peace Officers' Association of Los Angeles County. Read more.
Ms. Elise Buik, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Elise Buik is a Pacific Council Director and the first female president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Read more.