2013 Ferris E. Lucas Sheriff of the Year
Sheriff Lee Baca
Los Angeles County, California
NSA is pleased to announce that Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California has been selected as the 2013 Ferris E. Luca Award for Sheriff of the Year. The Ferris E. Lucas Award was presented at the Opening General Session on Sunday, June 23rd at NSA’s Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Sheriff Baca was elected as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Los Angeles County in 1998. He 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 forty-two incorporated cities, 140 unincorporated communities, nine community colleges, and thousands of Metropolitan Transit Authority and Rapid Rail Transit District commuters. The Sheriff’s Department directly protects more than four million people.
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 1, which includes the County of Orange. Region1 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. He was elected to the NSA Board of Directors in 2005 and elected to the Executive Committee in 2011. He is the chair of the NSA Global Affairs Committee and also serves on the Congressional Affairs and Homeland Security Committees.
The National Sheriffs' Association established the Ferris E. Lucas award in 1995 to recognize an outstanding sheriff of the year for contributions made to improve the Office of Sheriff on the local, state, and national levels, and for involvement in the community above and beyond the responsibilities required. The award is given in memory of Ferris E. Lucas, NSA Past President (1944-46) and executive director (1964-82), who completed 50 years of distinguished service and leadership in law enforcement.
This year's award is sponsored by Pursuit Products, Inc.