Lieutenant Eric Strong, a nearly 30-year veteran of law enforcement, announced his extensive policy platform in an email to elected, community and labor leaders across the county.
If elected he would be the first African American Sheriff in Los Angeles County history.
“It’s time to reform a dated institution that has fallen far behind, and Sheriff Villanueva has shown that he is not up to the task,” said LASD Department Veteran Eric Strong.
Over his nearly 30-years in law enforcement, Eric Strong has led units across virtually every function of the LA County Sheriff’s Department, from patrol to courts, custody, investigations, internal affairs, risk management and auditing. He is the only candidate that has led investigations into deputy gangs. Those investigations have led to multiple terminations.
“My policy platform is my commitment to LA, and it’s based on what I know is broken, and what our community is demanding their leaders take steps to fix.
As I listen and learn about the community’s far reaching concerns and needs, these commitments will grow and change. That is how we make a stronger Los Angeles.”
Strongly Opposed to Deputy Gangs
Strong’s platform covers his approach to deputy gangs, LASD culture, alternatives to incarceration, use of force, crime reduction, modernizing the approach to victims of crime, trust and transparency, and more. Among his many commitments, if elected, Strong would be the first Sheriff in LA County history to oppose building a new men’s central jail. In a departure from current Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s approach, Strong would also attend the Citizens Advisory Committee listening sessions to ensure families and survivors of police violence are heard. Strong also pledged to eliminate Sheriff Villanueva’s use of force policies which enable kicking suspects with steel toed boots and hitting them with flashlights.
Over his nearly 30-years in law enforcement, Eric Strong has led units across virtually every function of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, from patrol to courts, custody, investigations, internal affairs, risk management and auditing. He is the only candidate that has led investigations into incidents involving deputy gangs, investigations that led to multiple terminations.
While his professional experience sets him apart, Eric’s personal experience as a victim of crime, someone who has been targeted by police, and who has family members who have been incarcerated and killed by law enforcement, is what will enable him to lead for LA County at this critical time.