Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Gaines, Larry

Second Advisor

Schram, Pamela

Third Advisor

Tibbetts, Stephen


This thesis will analyze the disciplinary patterns and the complaint system of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD). It reveals if there is significance when multiple officers engage in improper acts as opposed to when a single officer engages in the same acts. The study will identify the most common types of accusations filed against sworn personnel, what ranks are most commonly involved (i.e. deputy, sergeant, etc.), and what assignments (i.e. patrol) incur the most investigations.