WeHo Sheriff: A Tradition of Service ... to Nicole Richie!

8/22/2007 5:40 PM PDT
Preggers Nicole Richie is back in L.A. and already has the local Sheriff's department giving her a hand! Right this way, Lil' Miss!

TMZ spotted Joel Madden's baby mama leaving La Conversation in West Hollywood today, where Richie had the helpful assistance of two gun toting boys in brown to get her through the paparazzi crush waiting for her outside the cafe. Pregnant lady comin' thru!

Nicole got a laugh out of the frenzy -- especially when the officer said photogs could "take all the pictures of me you want, just back off."