Olmstead vs. Baca

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Olmstead vs. Baca

Bob Olmstead vs. Leroy Baca is the headliner for the upcoming fight night election for the prestigious position of Los Angeles County Sheriff.  Bob Olmstead, retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Commander with 32 honorable years comes out swinging from a ground fighter Deputy to a heavyweight Commander candidate for Sheriff.”[more…]”   Whilst his incumbent, Sheriff Leroy Baca takes up a defensive position in the corner of the rink slapping aimlessly at allegations of mismanagement, corruption and racial tension within the Los Angeles County Mens Central Jail. In an exclusive interview with Bob Olmstead, he vowed to take the department to a new level offering, “A change in leadership!” According to Bob Olmstead the department is in dire need of new leadership in order to restore the confidence of the deputies and take the department into a new innovative way of doing police work through the trust of the people of Los Angeles and beyond.

He explained the men & women of the department work very hard and are diligent at serving the citizenry of the County of Los Angeles and they deserve the respect of a good leader who can bring much needed change. His determination was evident by his tone of confidence and willingness to fight for his deputies of whom he fought along side for… 32 years as a deputy. When asked about the jail fiasco his response was with great sadness and he chalked it up to a failed administration lacking leadership skills and the ability to manage efficiently and effectively.  He said it is time for a change and 16 years of doing it the Baca way isn’t working.  In speaking with Bob, I told him Sheriff Baca is ultimately responsible for his failure to command and lead the department.  Moreover, it is Sheriff Baca who is responsible to the citizenry of the County of Los Angeles for the implication of poor management. Although, Sheriff Baca has done well in past years making many friends and colleagues there becomes a time in life where you meet a cornerstone in life and realize it is time to retire.  I told Bob, I didn’t believe Paul Tanaka, retired Under L.A. Sheriff who is also in the running doesn’t  have much of a chance of even surviving half way through the race, so there was not much to chat about or him being much of any competition….Lastly I am proud to announce, Investigations.LA  publicly endorse Bob Olmstead for Sheriff of Los Angeles County!

Moving on, let;s take a look at Bob’s biography shall we?

By Kevin Faler, Retired Corporal, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Source: OlmsteadInstead.com

Having taught criminal justice, earned advanced degrees and worked in nearly every corner of the Sheriff’s department for over 33 years, Bob Olmsted has the experience to lead. See below for a snapshot of Bob’s varied experience in law enforcement.

Commander, Custody Headquarters

Duties: Supervisory oversight of three separate jails totaling approximately 15,000 inmates (male and female) ranging from high profile murder suspects to small scale misdemeanors. Oversight included budgetary concerns, safe housing, mental and medical health considerations, security of inmates and personnel, and all related training and education.

Captain, Men’s Central Jail

Duties: Supervisory oversight of the single largest jail in California known for housing some of the most notorious and notable inmates from this State. Jail population averaged approximately 5,500 inmates and the responsibilities included safe and secure housing, feeding, transportation concerns, mental and medical considerations, visiting protocols, inmate disciplinary issues, and educational and religious opportunities.

Captain, Commercial Crimes Bureau

Duties: Supervisory oversight of an investigative unit that examined a variety of fraudulent activities that included; Real Estate fraud, Elder Fiduciary fraud, Identity Theft, Computer Crimes, and other significant major fraud cases.

Lieutenant, assignments included:

Commercial Crimes, Operation’s Lieutenant
Lomita Station, Patrol, Watch Commander
Deputy Leadership Institute, Training Bureau, Director of Leadership
Lennox Station, Patrol, Operation’s Lieutenant
Carson Station, Patrol, Watch Commander
Food Services Unit, Custody, Unit Commander
Century Regional Detention Facility, Custody, Watch Commander

Sergeant, assignments included:

Detective Division, Chief’s Aide
Narcotics Bureau, Detective Division, crew sergeant
Office of the Undersheriff, Executive Aide and legislative analyst
Sheriff’s Headquarters’ Bureau, Media Liaison, print and television
Lomita Station, Patrol

Deputy, assignments included:

Training Bureau, Advanced Officer’s Training
Firestone Station, Detective, robbery and assaults
Firestone Station, Patrol
Inmate Reception Center, Custody
Men’s Central Jail, Custody Division
Sheriff’s Academy

Military Experience

US Army 1970 to 1972

  • Republic of Viet Nam Service Medal
  • Viet Nam Service Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Presidential Unit Ribbon

US Coast Guard Reserve 1983 – 1985

Due to Bob Olmsted’s exemplary leadership as a law enforcement officer,
he has earned numerous awards and distinctions.

Commendations and Awards

  • Exemplary Service Award, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 2010
  • Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) Leadership Awards, presented for three consecutive years – 2006, 2007, 2008
  • The National Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Patriotic Award, 2006
  • Peace Officer Standards and Training, Governor’s Award for Excellence, runner-up for the Individual Achievement Category, 2004
  • Leadership Award, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, 2003 Certificates and Licenses
  • Los Angeles County Learning Academy, Ethical Decision Making and Conduct in the Public Sector, 2006
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Executive Development Program, 2005
  • Franklin Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 2005
  • Josephson Institute of Ethics, Ethics in Law Enforcement, 2003
  • California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
    – Management Certificate 1999
    – Supervisory Certificate 1988
    – Advanced Certificate 1984
    – Basic Certificate 1978
  • California Community Colleges, Instructor Credentials, 1987

Bob Olmsted has earned multiple academic distinctions preparing him
to serve as an effective law enforcement leader:

Master of Public Administration – 1989
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Bachelor of Science – 1980
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Major: Business Administration

Associate of Arts – 1975
El Camino College, Torrance
Major: English

Professional Education

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Leadership Certificate, 2006
  • Senior Management Institute of Policing, Boston, Massachusetts, Executive Strategic Management Certificate, 2005
  • Los Angeles Police Departments, West Point Leadership Program, Leadership Certificate, 2002
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Quantico, Virginia, National Academy, 2001
  • Supervisory Leadership Institute, State of California, Leadership Certificate, 1992


Bob has taught criminal justice for over 20 years

El Camino College, Torrance California – 1988 to 2010
Adjunct Faculty, Courses taught:

·  A.J. 100 – Introduction to Administration of Justice

·  A.J. 111 – Criminal Investigations

·  A.J. 155 – Reserve Academy

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