About the Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
is the largest sheriff's department in the world. In addition to specialized services, such as the Sheriff's Youth Foundation,
International Liaison and Employee Support Services, the Department is divided into ten divisions, each headed by a Division
are three patrol divisions (Field Operations Regions I, II and III), Custody Operations Division, Correctional Services Division,
Detective Division, Court Services Division, Technical Services Division, Office of Homeland Security, Administrative Services
Division, and Leadership and Training Division.
The Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles
County was formed in April, 1850. Elections for the office of Sheriff were held annually until 1882, when the term was increased
to two years; in 1894 the term was increased to four years. The first Sheriff of Los Angeles County was George T. Burrill
and his staff consisted of two Deputies.
Twenty-four men have served Los Angeles
County as Sheriff since 1850: nineteen were elected and six were appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve the unexpired
term of their predecessors. Two were killed in the line of duty. Of those appointed, four were re-elected to the office. The
youngest man ever elected to the office of Sheriff was William B. Rowland, who was sworn in when he was 25 years old (in 1871),
and was re-elected three times. The record for the longest consecutive service goes to Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, who completed
51 years in the department, from deputy in 1907, to being appointed Sheriff in 1932 and then retiring in 1958. Our previous
Los Angeles County Sheriff, Sherman Block, entered the department as a Deputy Sheriff in 1956 and continued up through the
ranks until he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to succeed Sheriff Pitchess in 1982. In June of 1982, Sheriff Block
was elected to a full four year term as Sheriff of Los Angeles County.
Stafford was Born and raised in Southern California, World War II veteran, retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Department deputy
sheriff, father of four, Elsan H. Stafford has had poems, essays, short stories and journalistic pieces published in both
regional and national publications during his literary career. Elsan Stafford is the author of two books:
The Passionate Swordsman and The Blue Marionette.
According to the book description of The Passionate Swordsman, “Out
of the surge and roar of the mighty seas the sound of blaring cannon and naval gunfire and the breathtaking exaltation of
a fair wind comes Conrad Huntingdon, supreme swordsman, and Britannia's most masterful privateer! It is the early nineteenth
century and England's King George the Third is deeply troubled. His popular reign has been frustrated by the unabated
activities of slave traders and pirate brigantines plaguing ocean commerce and civilian shipping. With a privateer's commission
in hand, young Conrad Huntingdon sets out upon the first of several voyages to rid the seas of these evil blights upon humanity
and secure his fame and fortune as captain of his recently deceased father's flagship, the Tragedia.”
According to the book description
of The Blue Marionette, “This is a hauntingly poignant tale dealing with the myriad experiences
of a once-in-a-lifetime love, and the devastating force of its ultimate impact on the psyche of a devoted and sensitive man,
dating from the naivete of early youth to the acculturation of mature manhood. This is a novel about one mans relationship
with life and burgeoning love in a world of a bygone era (America, circa 1920 -1945), when innocence was the acceptable standard
of moral conduct and honor foremost in the vanguard of human experience. Passionate in theme and spiritual in its inexorable
premise of true love and character-driven destiny, The Blue Marionette is a story about one mans efforts to salvage happiness
and redemption from the pernicious strings of an ever-omnipresent puppeteer.”
On reader of the The
Blue Marionette, said “Elsan Stafford is a masterful story-teller, and with The Blue Marionette has taken
us back to a time when chivalry and altruism were still prized measures of character. It is also a look into the human struggle
between the desire to find true love, and the realization that there are other responsibilities of even greater importance.
As an added bonus, the author begins
most chapters with a brief but fitting poem. You'll find them to be among the most hauntingly beautiful verses you've
ever enjoyed. Whether through the story itself, or through the ability to arouse your emotions and reach deep into your psyche,
it seems that at 88 years young, this gentleman can still show the rest of us a thing or two about living life to the fullest.
If you enjoy a poignant love story that will ultimately leave you uplifted and filled with a renewed desire to express altruism
in your own life, then you should read The Blue Marionette.”