He [Alex Villanueva] is putting both his deputies and the public they come face-to-face with every day at unnecessary risk. What we need from the sheriff right now is leadership, for once. — Janice Hahn, LA County Board of Supervisors
He [Alex Villanueva] is putting both his deputies and the public they come face-to-face with every day at unnecessary risk. What we need from the sheriff right now is leadership, for once. — Janice Hahn, LA County Board of Supervisors

I am committed to supporting and listening to our sheriff's rank and file to get to the bottom of what barriers and obstacles they are facing so we can reach a resolution. Ultimately, we all share a commitment to public safety. — Kathryn Barger, LA County Board of Supervisors
I am committed to supporting and listening to our sheriff's rank and file to get to the bottom of what barriers and obstacles they are facing so we can reach a resolution. Ultimately, we all share a commitment to public safety. — Kathryn Barger, LA County Board of Supervisors

Vaccines save lives, and deputies are employed to be life-savers, we must have a sheriff who will lead the department by enforcing the vaccine mandate to ensure the safety of deputies, as well as all the people they interact with across L.A. County. — Cecil Rhambo, Los Angeles International Airport Police Chief
Vaccines save lives, and deputies are employed to be life-savers, we must have a sheriff who will lead the department by enforcing the vaccine mandate to ensure the safety of deputies, as well as all the people they interact with across L.A. County. — Cecil Rhambo, Los Angeles International Airport Police Chief

Los Angeles County Sheriff Won't Enforce Vaccine Mandate
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday he won't comply with a mandate requiring deputies be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face termination, claiming thousands could leave the department and that will lead to more crime.

His defiance to the order that was approved last summer by the LA County Board of Supervisors brought a rebuke from Janice Hahn, one of the panel's five members who unanimously backed the policy.

"He is putting both his deputies and the public they come face-to-face with every day at unnecessary risk," she said in a statement. "What we need from the sheriff right now is leadership, for once."

Villanueva, who faces a reelection challenge next year, has defied other health orders during the pandemic. Last month, he said he wouldn't have his deputies enforce a mandate requiring vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks at indoor public settings.

... Los Angeles is the nation's most populous county with about 10 million people and Villanueva's agency is the largest sheriff's department in the country, with about 10,000 sworn deputies and 5,800 civilian employees.


All county employees were required to register their vaccination status and show proof of full inoculation or receive a medical or religious exemption by Oct. 1. About 52% of sheriff's department deputies and other employees are fully vaccinated, compared to 77% of all county employees.

... Supervisor Kathryn Barger called it "unfortunate" that Villanueva won't discuss a solution.

"I am committed to supporting and listening to our sheriff's rank and file to get to the bottom of what barriers and obstacles they are facing so we can reach a resolution," she said in a statement. "Ultimately, we all share a commitment to public safety."

Los Angeles International Airport Police Chief Cecil Rhambo, who is running against Villanueva, said the mandate should be followed.

"Vaccines save lives, and deputies are employed to be life-savers, we must have a sheriff who will lead the department by enforcing the vaccine mandate to ensure the safety of deputies, as well as all the people they interact with across L.A. County," he said in a statement.


COVID-19 is the most common cause of law enforcement duty-related deaths in 2020 and 2021, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
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