Sheriff Baca




Quote from Sheriff Baca

"It is with pleasure that I join Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck in inviting you to the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference, June 4th through 7th in Los Angeles.

Your presence and knowledge concerning homeland security best practices will contribute to the success of the conference."


Lee Baca

Sheriff of Los Angeles County


Sheriff Baca, as the elected Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Los Angeles County in 1998, commands the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States with a budget of $2.5 billion.  He leads nearly 18,000 sworn and professional staff who compromise the law enforcement providers for 42 incorporated cities, 140 unincorporated communities, nine community colleges, and thousands of Metropolitan Transit Authority and Rapid Rail Transit District commuters.  More than four million people are directly protected by the Sheriff’s Department.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department manages the nation’s largest local jail system housing 20,000 inmates. Sheriff Baca developed Education-Based Incarceration (EBI) to address the high rate of offender recidivism in Los Angeles County.  EBI uses innovative, evidence-based strategies to deliver education and life skills that provide hope and opportunity to offenders who want to live a better life and become contributing members of their communities. The Department also protects the largest court system in the nation.


Sheriff Baca is the Coordinator of Mutual Aid Emergency Services for California Region I, which includes the County of Orange.  Region I serves 13 million people.


Sheriff Baca is the founder of Public Trust Policing that includes diverse advisory councils; a Clergy Council of more than 300 ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, and leaders of every faith community.  He also operates sixteen nonprofit youth centers; ten at-risk regional training centers for at-risk youth ages 10-18, and provides 27 deputies to 240 elementary and middle schools who teach 50,000 children about positive solutions to the problems of drugs and gangs.  He operates one of law enforcement’s largest prevention and intervention programs in the nation.


The Sheriff’s Department’s service area has one of the nation’s lowest crime rates for a major metropolitan area.  Deputies arrest more than 90,000 felony and misdemeanor suspects, as well as respond to more than 1,000,000 calls for service annually.


Sheriff Baca, a United States Marine Corps Reserve veteran, earned his Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.