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Monday January 29th, 2018 :: 07:01 p.m. PST
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Sheriff McDonnell Swears in Twelfth Member of the Velazquez Family to the #LASD Family

Law enforcement agencies often say to potential applicants that working for us is like joining a family.  Well for the Velazquez family they have taken this to heart.  On January 29th Sheriff McDonnell swore in Alexis Velazquez at the downtown Los Angeles famed Hall of Justice.  This made her the twelfth of the Velazquez family to work for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Alexis, who was already a POST-certified law enforcement officer, laterally transferred to LASD from Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
 
In 1984, Deputy Enrique Velazquez joined the LASD and began a longstanding tradition of service within his family.  His career in law enforcement inspired four of his nine siblings to become LASD members, one to join the Los Angeles County Fire Department
and connected several of the siblings in marriage to other LASD members.
 
The generation of siblings in law enforcement, in turn, inspired a second generation of do-gooders:  In 2014, Enrique’s daughter, Alexis, became a Ventura County deputy sheriff, in 2016, his son became a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff, and in 2014, his niece, Laura Marie Velazquez, became a Law Enforcement Technician with LASD. The Velazquez clan are the largest known number of direct family members within our agency to work together, not only as real-life family members, but as part of a larger, law enforcement family.
 
During the swearing in ceremony the room was filled with family, co-workers and personnel who have had the privilege to work alongside Enrique throughout his illustrious career.  During the press conference Sheriff McDonnell noted “It cannot be overstated what this sustained commitment means to our organization. There is, perhaps, no greater endorsement and affirmation of a career than to look to one’s child and say, I encourage you to continue this noble tradition of service. I thank Detective Velasquez for his trust in our organization to nurture Alexis’ career, facilitate her professional development, and provide her an environment in which she can aspire to one day outrank her dad.”
 
Other than Detective Velazquez, the LASD, public safety lineage includes:
1. Lieutenant Margarita Velazquez (Operation Safe Streets),
2. Detective Pedro Velazquez (Detective Division)
3. Lieutenant Magdalena Velazquez (North County Correctional Facility)
4. Deputy Leo Lane (Palmdale Sheriff’s Station)
5. Detective Laura Velazquez-Bruner (Special Victims Bureau)
6. Sergeant Greg Bruner (Palmdale Sheriff’s Station)
7. Detective Susan Rogers Velazquez (Special Victims Bureau)
8. Sergeant Michael Adams (Pitchess Detention Center-South Facility)
9. Deputy Enrique Velazquez (North County Correctional Facility
10.Law Enforcement Technician Laura Marie Velazquez   (Temple Sheriff’s Station)
11.Sheriff Explorer Ryan Velazquez (Palmdale Station)
12.Firefighter/Paramedic Maurilio Velazquez (Los Angeles County)
 
During the formal badge pinning ceremony it was noted that Alexis’s badge was formerly owned by her father. Astoundingly, the Velazquez family represented a total of 256 years of proud service spanning different jails, patrol stations, detective bureaus, and specialized units of assignment. 
 
Written by:
Sergeant Vincent Plair
Sheriff’s Information Bureau
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