2017-03-16 / Front Page
Joshua Thai selected as Lost Hills Sheriff’s captain
Replaces the retired Pat Davoren
Thai is one of three sheriff’s lieutenants who were interviewed by local city managers and representatives of the third and fifth L.A. County supervisorial districts that contract with the sheriff ’s department for law enforcement services.
The Lost Hills station employs more than 100 deputies and civilians who serve the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Westlake Village and Malibu, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas
“Everyone was pleased with his performance,” Calabasas City Manager Tony Coroalles said of Thai, adding that the captain’s familiarity with the local area will be an asset.
Thai previously worked at Lost Hills leading the station’s beach team and serving as watch commander. He has been the acting captain since June 2016.
“I’m deeply honored for the opportunity and the support of city officials, the supervisors’ representatives and the sheriff’s department,” said Thai, who began his career with LASD in the early 1990s as a reserve deputy.
During his first few months on the force, he worked in the county jails. Then he was assigned to patrol duty at the Temple Station, where his ability to speak Chinese and Vietnamese was put to good use.
The Temple station serves an area with a large Asian population. The department had few Chinese-speaking deputies at the time.
Thai subsequently joined a gang enforcement unit and later worked with a task force that specialized in gangs that come from Asian countries.
His career in law enforcement allowed him to work in diverse areas, including narcotics enforcement and at the headquarters. He became an international liaison, working with consulates, foreign nationals and international media, and was promoted to field sergeant in 2001.
Thai, a father of two, lives in Ventura County. He was born in Vietnam to Chinese parents and spent his early childhood there. In 1979, when he was 11, he moved to Covina with his grandparents.
He credits late LAPD officer Bill Lesner for his success in law enforcement.
“He took me under his wing. He was like my father, my mentor. . . . He was a role model,” said Thai, who played football in high school and earned a degree in criminal justice in college.
As captain of the local station, Thai said, his first priority is to keep the community safe. He said he will continue to work with local officials and the community to make sure the rising crime trend is addressed.
“It’s a partnership. The most important thing is we need community involvement,” Thai said, adding that many culprits are eventually are caught