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Los Angeles County, CA June 3, 2014 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Todd S. Rogers

Candidate for
Sheriff; County of Los Angeles

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As Assistant Sheriff, Todd is already reforming the department from the inside. His efforts have the broad support of LASD management and employees.

Los Angeles Sheriff Department (LASD) Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers is one of our community's most respected law enforcement professionals and civic leaders. Appointed assistant sheriff in March 2013, Todd has already implemented important structural and ethical reforms in the department.

Those reforms include the reorganization of the entire LASD to promote best practices and greater communication, a major revision of hiring practices to establish quality assurance and the end of so-called "In the Car" cronyism within the department. That effort includes the landmark implementation of an anonymous website where Sheriff Department employees can report misconduct without fear of retaliation.


Todd helped rewrite the community policing training curriculum for the statewide basic academy.

A twenty-nine year veteran of law enforcement, Assistant Sheriff Rogers is widely recognized as an expert on community-based policing. Todd wrote his Master's thesis ("The Centerview Project--an Experiment in Team Policing") on the effective implementation of the "broken windows" theory of law enforcement. He is the founding director of the Regional Community Policing Institute of Los Angeles.

When serving as the captain of the LASD's Carson Station for six years, Assistant Sheriff Rogers implemented an innovative form of community-based policing that is today known as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD). LEAD is a community-based intervention strategy that provides drug and gang diversion, mental health assistance and community social services At-Risk-Youth. As an acknowledgement of Todd's community policing successes, his station was awarded the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing. Carson Station was the first sheriff's station in the state to receive this award.


Todd's integrity shines through. He walks the walk when it comes to the youth of his community.

Assistant Sheriff Rogers is also a community leader in his hometown of Lakewood, where he has served two terms as mayor and currently serves as Vice-Mayor. Todd's involvement in local government was forged as the result of an effort to bring more local control to Lakewood schools. First elected in 2001, Todd is now serving his fourth term. His continued involvement in educational reform includes founding the Lakewood Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides direct support to students and teachers. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $274,000 in grants to Lakewood classrooms.


Todd hasn't forgotten what it's like to be a working deputy sheriff. He spent New Year's Day working a one-person radio car and making a felony drug arrest.

A hands-on crime fighter--to this day--Assistant Sheriff Rogers continues to work patrol and arrest criminals. He has been recognized for his exemplary service and dedication by having received the LASD's highest service acknowledgements--the Distinguished Service Award and the Exemplary Service Award. LASD deputies honored Todd with the ALADS Leadership Award for being one of the department's highest rated captains.


Family has always been Todd's priority. His wife and sons mean everything to him.

Todd lives in Lakewood with his wife, Sally. Their two children, Scott and Brett, are in college. Scott is studying at the University of California at San Diego and Brett is studying at Long Beach State University.

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