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At a time in our nation’s history when the need for patient, resolute and courageous law enforcement officers are most in need, I challenge you to answer the call.


At a time in our nation’s history when the need for patient, resolute and courageous law enforcement officers are most in need, I challenge you to answer the call.

An Open Letter from Lancaster Sheriff's Station Lt. Joseph Fender, who is attending the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Marines of Marine Barracks Washington D.C.,

"Last night, law enforcement professionals and I who traveled from cities across our nation, had the privilege and honor to view the Evening Parade. The professionalism and Esprit de Corps displayed left us speechless, and instilled an overwhelming feeling of pride, both for the men and women in attendance, as well as for the love of our great country. Prior to the parade, I was fortunate enough to speak with a Lance Corporal from the city I currently live in; I presented him with a challenge coin from my department, but my challenge is extended to each and every one of you.

I challenge each of you, upon your honorable discharge of service from the Marine Corps, to continue serving and protecting the citizens of our country in the profession of law enforcement. Like the Marine Corps, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has a long history of “Honor, Commitment, and Courage.” As the Marine Corps Hymn recalls your great campaigns across the globe, so too have we kept our citizens safe, “From the beaches of Malibu to the mountains of Altadena, from the deserts of Lancaster to the concrete jungles of South Los Angeles.” Our own 150 year history is mired in tradition, history, and pride. We are a department of diversity, made up of those who represent the fabric of this nation, many of whom have served honorably among you.

At a time in our nation’s history when the need for patient, resolute and courageous law enforcement officers are most in need, I challenge you to answer the call. We are searching for the “best of the best,” and you have certainly met that criteria. That is what the public expects and deserves, and they are who you deserve to serve alongside. You will always be a United States Marine, and now you can be a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff as well. Bravo Zulu on tonight’s performance, thank you for your service and sacrifice, and Semper Fidelis.

Should you have any questions about the LASD, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at the number provided below or visit our website.

Respectfully and humbly in your service, 
Lieutenant Joseph Fender
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster Station.