By Staff Reporter
Marina del Rey, CA—the Marina del Rey Station of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hosted an open house for a group of local Chinese media today with an aim to build a stronger community relationship.
Captain Chris Johnson welcomed the group to the station and briefed them with the station’s daily operation and the law enforcement related to COVID-19.
“We do vehicle patrols like all sheriff stations and police stations do,” said Johnson. “We also incorporate our water patrols of Marina del Rey Harbor, Santa Monica Bay, and other areas of the coast of Los Angeles County, 73 miles of coastline in Los Angeles County.”
Serving the area of Marina del Rey, Santa Monica Bay, Ladera Heights, Windsor Hills, and View Park, Merina del Rey Station operates six patrol boats in the harbor waters, being responsible for law enforcement on the water and on the docks.
According to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the station works closely with the US Coast Guard, Los Angeles County Lifeguard Baywatch unites and Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Speaking of enforcing public health order, Johnson said the station did recommend people to wear masks, and stay at home if they can. But “we are not making any arrests or citing anybody for violations”. “We do recommend social distancing practically,” added Johnson.
The media access was organized by Chester Chong, Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, who is also a reserve deputy of Los Angeles Sheriff Department.
“Today’s event is just a beginning,” said Chong. “Similar activities will be planned at different stations of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to help communities better understand the law enforcement, and promote positive interactions between the police and the communities it serves.”
With approximately 10,000 sworn deputies, Los Angele County Sheriff’s Department is the largest sheriff’s department in the United States.