Commander Gil Jurado recently retired as a proud member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after 33 years of service. As a deputy he worked Custody Division, Court Services Division, Firestone Station, Norwalk Station and the Special Enforcement Team (S.W.A.T.). Once promoted to the rank of sergeant he was assigned to Carson Station, Safe Streets Bureau, and the Recruit Training Bureau. As a lieutenant, he was assigned to Biscaluz Center, Lynwood Station, and Century Station. He then served four years as the Captain of East Los Angeles Station and one year at the Safe Streets Bureau. Commander Jurado was assigned to Field Operations Region II for four years where he supervised Lomita, Carson, Lennox, and Marina Del Rey Stations, as well as the Community College Bureau. During his next four years he worked at the Leadership and Training Division where he was responsible for oversight of the Sheriff’s Academy, Professional Development Bureau, and STAR Unit, as well as the Division’s budget and personnel matters.
Throughout his career Commander Jurado remained very active in training and played a key role in introducing a Cultural Diversity Program to his department. He was responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the department's countywide gang strategy. His true passion, however, is in mentoring his personnel and preparing them for the various promotional exams. Prior to contributing his skills and experiences in the classroom for Union Institute & University, he conducted four years of classroom and course work for the California State University, Long Beach.
As a matter of course, Commander Jurado is active in a variety of civic groups including the Latino Peace Officer's Association, Hispanic American Police Command Officer's Association, and Los Angeles County Hispanic Manager's Association.
Commander Jurado has obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University of Long Beach.