“This story is shocking, unbelievable, and true. The book and film are masterpieces that should be viewed by all due to their tremendous educational value.” -Lee Baca, Sheriff Los Angeles County
Lee Baca was elected Sheriff of Los Angeles County in December of 1998, and is currently serving his 4th term in office. Sheriff Baca commands the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States, which encompasses nearly 18,000 sworn and professional staff. His organization is responsible for providing law enforcement services to 42 incorporated cities, 130 unincorporated communities, 10 community colleges, and over a million daily commuters of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metrolink. Additionally, his employees are tasked with protecting 42 Superior Courts and 600 bench officers. Sheriff Baca is also the Director of Homeland Security-Mutual Aid for California Region I, which serves more than 13 million residents of the state.
His development of leadership initiatives in all levels of his Department have resulted in strong solutions to problems such as drug addiction, domestic violence, gang activity, illiteracy, and homelessness. Sheriff Baca believes that healthy communities are cultivated through devoted public service. Committed to this vision, he assumes leadership of 18 non-profit Athletic League Centers for at-risk youth, that offer programs centered on academics, sports, and cultural arts.
Sheriff Baca earned his Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. A strong advocate of education, he was immediately fascinated by Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed.