About Los Angeles
County District Attorney’s OfficeAccording
to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Investigation is “staffed by over 260 investigators
with full peace officer status, the Bureau of Investigation is the fourth largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County.
Investigators in the Bureau conduct some of the most unique, sensitive, and complex criminal investigations in law enforcement
today. D.A. Investigators are involved in a variety of operations, from high-profile raids in political corruption cases to
probes in immigration fraud.
The primary function of D.A. investigators is to provide prosecution support to
the District Attorney’s legal staff. By locating and processing prosecution witnesses and conducting supplemental pretrial
investigations, investigators strengthen cases for prosecution.
Investigators are assigned to each
District Attorney branch location in the County and to a variety of special units. Special units personnel work directly with
deputy district attorneys in the office’s specialized programs to combat gangs, public corruption, organized crime,
family violence, stalking, hate crimes, consumer fraud, and other high impact crimes. Assisting other law enforcement agencies,
when requested, is also an important function of the Bureau of Investigation. Assistance with vehicular and electronic surveillance,
photographic services, and document analysis are available to other agencies.”
Leslie T. White was an investigator
for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the late 1920s. His 1936 book, Me, Detective,
is an autobiographical work. He also wrote Harness Bull and Homicide; as well as for detective magazines
of that period.
According to Robert F. Moss, “One such skeptic
was Leslie T. White, a newly-hired investigator for the District Attorney's office. The Doheny murder offered White his
first taste of really "big stuff," and he dove into the case with zeal. White's account of the investigation
is recorded in his 1936 autobiography, Me, Detective, a book that was published with little
fanfare and almost immediately faded into obscurity. His memoir, though, gives a unique, unauthorized version of the events
at Greystone on the night of February 17th, 1929, and the details don't quite match up with the official story. White
recalled being summoned to the Doheny mansion at 2:00 a.m. There he found D.A. Fitts, the Beverly Hills police, and a scene
much like that described in the newspapers: Ned Doheny dead on his back in the guest room and Plunkett face-down in the hallway
outside. White went to work gathering physical evidence and interviewing witnesses.”