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Gary Nitchman

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Gary Nitchman, MPA, retired as a sergeant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where he served as a Public Information Officer. Upon his retirement, he entered the field of law enforcement education and served as an Associate Professor with Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California for ten years and as chairperson of the Administration of Justice Department at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu Community College for six years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Service Management from the University of Redlands and a Master of Pubic Administration degree from the University of Southern California.


From press releases to live on-scene interviews, this book helps officers confidently and successfully handle encounters with the media. The importance of fostering a cooperative rather than adversarial relationship is stressed throughout. Includes a guide for setting up and operating a media unit in a department of any size. In an era where a high profile case can put any agency under the media's spotlight, this book is a "must read" for all law enforcement officers.

About the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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 Chief.


 There 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.







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