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September 13th, 2016 by Temple City Tribune
“Officer” Camacho, 3, gets a chance see what the LASD Airship is all about-Photo by Terry Miller
On Saturday Sept. 10 hundreds of residents attended the Temple Sheriff Station’s 90-year celebration and open house..
The event allowed the public to tour inside Temple Sheriff Station, visit the many booths, and enjoy free hot dogs and drinks. The Aero, TST, K-9, Fleet, Narco, Recruitment, Star Unit, Shakey Quakey Trailer, AMR, Search and Rescue,
Posse, Young Marines, were all on display.
In 1926, Temple Station was established as Station Number 5.
It has had at least 4 different locations over the years, but it has been at its current site since 1957.
To date, Temple Station has lost two of its Deputies:
The first to give his life in the service of the Temple Station Community was Deputy Harold S. Blevins, who was murdered on October 12,1957. He was responding to a robbery in progress call where he was fatally shot by a career criminal and recent parolee.
The second and hopefully the last was Deputy David W. March in 2002. He too was shot by a career criminal, who fled the country to escape prosecution.
After remaining in hiding in Mexico for several years. He was eventually extradited and subsequently plead guilty, and is now serving his sentence in a California prison.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immortalised Deputy David W. March’s words and adopted them as our department creed.
“My goals are simple, I will always be painfully honest, work as hard as I can, learn as much as I can and hopefully make a difference in people’s lives.”
Deputy David W. March EOW April 29, 2002
Temple Station deputies proudly patrol: Bradbury, Duarte, Rosemead, Sierra Madre, South El Monte, Temple City, in addition to the unincorporated areas of Monrovia, Arcadia, Pasadena, and North San Gabriel.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), officially the County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is the fourth largest local policing agency in the United States, with the New York City Police Department being the first, followed by Los Angeles Police Department and then Chicago Police Department.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is the largest sheriff’s department in the United States and provides general-service law enforcement to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, serving as the equivalent of the county police for unincorporated areas of the county, as well as incorporated cities within the county who have contracted with the agency for law-enforcement services(known as “contract cities”). Forty-two of the county’s 88 municipalities contract with the Sheriff’s Department to provide local police protection.
The Sheriff’s Department also holds primary jurisdiction over facilities operated by Los Angeles County, such as local parks, marinas and government buildings; provides bailiff service for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County; operates the county jail system; and provides services, such as crime laboratories, homicide investigations, and academy training, to smaller law enforcement agencies within the county.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is also the second largest transit police force in the nation, aside from the NYPD, through policing contracts of the Metro trains and buses of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metrolink. Furthermore, with policing contracts with nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College and Lancaster Community College District, the LASD is the largest community policing agency in the United States. The Department’s headquarters are located in downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice.
Temple Sheriff’s Station is now accepting applications for their “Volunteer on Patrol” (VOP) program. VOPs are residents of the communities they patrol and provide an invaluable resource for the Temple Sheriff’s Station. VOPs are an extra set of eyes and ears for the station, much like a mobile Neighborhood Watch Program.