Sheriff Jim McDonnell has named Sergio Perez, a Los Angeles native, as his Constitutional Policing Advisor to assist the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) in sustaining reform and advancing justice for the diverse communities we serve.
Mr. Perez comes to the LASD after serving as Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, Civil Rights Enforcement Section. He will start his new position with the LASD in mid-November.
As a former trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice, Sergio Perez has investigated high profile unconstitutional and discriminatory misconduct by law enforcement agencies, in his case, specifically the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department and the Puerto Rico Police Department.
This investigative experience, together with his work as a Director of Enforcement for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, provides Sheriff McDonnell and the LASD with the benefit of an internal voice with an invaluable perspective and set of skills which will assist the Sheriff in identifying issues and proposing practices and accountability measures which will keep the Department on track to continue to move forward.
The addition of Sergio Perez is part of the Sheriff’s commitment to building public trust, increasing transparency, and improving conditions for the inmates in our care, including the growing number of mentally ill and medically fragile inmates.
Mr. Perez received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from UC Berkeley and his law degree from Yale Law School where he served as the Student Director for a clinic which provided legal services to immigrant communities.