City welcomes new Sheriff's captain
Richard J. Harpham, a 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (and a 54-year resident of Lakewood), has been promoted to captain by Sheriff Jim McDonnell and given the command of the nearly 300 men and women of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station, which oversees law enforcement for 250,000 residents of Lakewood, Artesia, Bellflower, Hawaiian Gardens and Paramount.
Captain Harpham was born and raised in Lakewood and graduated from Lakewood High School. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Department in 1986. He has spent 16 years at the Lakewood Station, where he has held every rank, most recently as Operations Lieutenant. He’s had additional assignments at the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station, Internal Affairs Bureau and Personnel Administration Bureau.
Captain Harpham holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
In his civilian life, he’s been an active member of the Lakewood community, including being a coach of varsity football at Lakewood High School.
Captain Harpham has been married for over 30 years to his wife Gina, and has three adult children, one of whom is an L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Carson Station.
“My city council colleagues and I are very happy that Captain Harpham will be leading the Sheriff’s team who keep our community safe,” said Mayor Steve Croft. “And the fact that he’s a longtime Lakewood resident is a nice added bonus. It means he knows about our residents, our community groups and about the strong, caring nature of our city. I hope every Lakewood resident who comes across Captain Harpham in the future will wish him well in his new assignment.”