Mark Ridley-Thomas has been a strong supporter of law enforcement and an ardent advocate of law enforcement accountability for the past 30 years. His close relationship with former LAPD Chief William F. Bratton contributed to the implementation of new community-based policing strategies that helped reduce crime in targeted neighborhoods and lessen police-community tension in the aftermath of high-profile incidents involving police officers and residents.
Mark Ridley-Thomas has forged a similar close relationship with L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
In hopes of reducing the number of mentally ill, low-level offenders in L.A. County jails, Mark Ridley-Thomas spearheaded the creation of a county Office of Diversion and Re-Entry within the county Health Services Department. The district attorney’s office and health department with co-chair the $120 million effort to treat mentally ill persons, who often and through no fault of their own, find themselves involved in law enforcement interactions that lead to their arrest and incarceration.