October 12, 2011 Highway Sign Dedication at Dorothy Kirby
Arnold C. Garcia, who was
the first LA County Probation officer to lose his life in the line of duty, will be honored with a
Highway Sign Dedication on October 12, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Kirby Center located at 1500
S. McDonnell Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90022. Mr. Garcia was a long time LA County Probation
Officer that dedicated his life toward improving the quality of life of troubled youth.
Mr. Garcia spent his own money to reward good behavior
This LA County
Probation officer would bend the rules by rewarding kids who demonstrated good behavior. He
would often bring candy and movies for these kids.
Understaffing raises risk for probation
On April 4, 1994, Mr. Garcia heard a knock from inside of of the bedroom doors.
The ward inside who was serving time for burglary and possession of a concealed weapon, asked
for permission to use the restroom. After opening the door, he was struck in the head with a
metal object from a disassembled desk in the room. The Juvenile ran off with another kid but
got caught shortly thereafter. The state and department guidelines recommended one probation
officer for every 10 juveniles in custody. Because of understaffing, he was in charge of
watching 20 juveniles. Mr. Garcia was the first Los Angeles County Probation officer to be
killed in the line of duty since the department was formed in 1903.
Our Community thanks
Assemblymembers De La Torre and Calderon for making this happen.
Assembly member De LA Torre and coauthor Charles Calderon, the California Legislature designates the
portion of State Highway Route 5 between East Olympic Boulevard and South Atlantic Boulevard in the
City of Commerce as the Arnold C. Garcia Freeway.
RSVP to Cookie Lommel at
Source: Los Angeles County Probation Department, Assembly Concurrent Resolution
130, AFSCME 685
George Kita is a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney who represents children
in all Southern California Juvenile Courts. He is supportive of the men and women of the LA
County Probation Department who work to improve the quality of life of children.