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Los Angeles CountyCandidate for Sheriff

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Jim McDonnell

Sheriff
579,213 votes (47.57%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Four years ago, I was elected on a platform of reforming the department. Working with the department’s deputies and staff, the Board of Supervisors, and community leaders, we reduced serious use of force inside jails. We supported the creation of t
  • Our core mission is the prevention of, and response to crime in our communities. Last year, overall crime fell in areas patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, including a 16% decline in homicides. We are also working with county
  • I established the Human Trafficking Bureau to aggressively address a growing regional and national problem that victimizes some of the most vulnerable in our society, our children and young people

Experience

Biography

Sheriff Jim McDonnell began his law enforcement career in 1981 with the Los Angeles Police Department.  While with the LAPD, he helped create the blueprint for LAPD’s community-based policing program that led to building strong relationships between law enforcement and the community.  Sheriff McDonnell also served as Chief of Police of the Long Beach Police Department for five years where he implemented a number of initiatives that resulted in safer communities.  Sheriff McDonnell was elected County Sheriff of Los Angeles in 2014. 

Sheriff Jim McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.  He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute and has completed executive education programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association
  • Los Angeles City Fire Chiefs Association
  • Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (2)

What can the Sheriff do to deal more effectively with mentally ill prisoners incarcerated in County jail?
Answer from Jim McDonnell:

The Sheriff has always said that a jail is not the appropriate place for the treatment of the severely mentally ill. Sheriff Jim McDonnell has already more than quadrupled the number of specialized response teams that pair patrol deputies with mental health workers to divert some inmate patients into community based treatment programs. The Sheriff is also working closely with the Board of Supervisors on a new correctional treatment facility for those inmate patients in need of mental health care and substance abuse programs. This state of the art facility is intended to be a national model that brings together the County's mental health and medical professionals to provide compassionate, constitutional care for this growing population of inmates while focusing on public safety.    

What steps do you feel should be taken to correct the problems of brutality that have been identified within the County jails?
Answer from Jim McDonnell:

Prior to being the elected sheriff, McDonnell served on the commission where he became acutely aware of the problems that had been plaguing the county jail system.  The Commission issued a report with 63 recommendations for change, which McDonnell has been aggressively using as a foundational baseline to address needed change within the system.

Since Sheriff McDonnell took office, he has negotiated agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice that brought increased staffing, training and the oversight of federal monitors as well as the Office of Inspector General which reports to the Board of Supervisors in to the jail system. In the last four years, the federal monitors report there as been a 'sea change' inside the LA County Jails in the reduction of use of force and the positive attitudes of the deputies which has resulted in a dramatic decline in inmate complaints.  This is the result of  increased  accountability with greater supervision and oversight, CCTV cameras installed in the facilities and training in de-escalation techniques for the deputies. Sheriff McDonnell also invested in new leadership that implements a team approach in working with outside entities to refine best practices and be a national model in corrections.  

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Since first being elected County Sheriff of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Jim McDonnell has stressed the importance of treating all members of our community with respect, being transparent with and accountable to the individuals that the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department serves, and creating a working environment that recognizes and rewards character, competence, and compassion.

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