And that’s basically the gist of it.

This just in from the Contra Costs Times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s station in Malibu-Lost Hills has been ranked the highest-rated patrol station for policing services in the U.S., an independent study conducted throughout 20 different countries on five continents found.

Rounding out the top three in the U.S. were the sheriff’s Century and Lakewood stations, according to the October 2009 survey conducted by Altus Global Alliance and the Vera Institute of Justice.

The rankings were based on visits to 211 police and sheriff’s patrol stations worldwide during an international Police Station Visitors Week. More than 5,000 local community members rated the quality of services offered by participating police departments. The U.S. was the only country participating in the North America division, with 97 people visiting 23 stations in eight cities.

Rankings were based on community orientation, physical condition of the stations, transparency and accountability, equal treatment of the public without bias and detention conditions. The hours-long visit consisted of a tour of the station and informal conversations with officers and staff.

Malibu-Lost Hills scored a 96 out of 100. The global average was 62.09. The U.S. overall average was the highest, coming in at 79.22.

I guess Altus Global Alliance and the Vera Institute of Justice never heard of Mitrice Richardson.