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SCVSheriff's Crime Prevention Deputies Combatting Crime in SCV, Zone by Zone

Posted on: 06/19/2017 00:00

Since Captain Robert Lewis assumed command of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in April 2017, he has been researching and analyzing the services that the station provides to the community it serves, and working to identify ways that the station can best maximize the utilization and deployment of services. 

Regarding the crime strategy direction the station is taking, Captain Lewis emphasized, “We need to develop our crime prevention mission and goals through predictive policing. This entails identifying areas where crimes are frequently occurring, and making an action plan.” 

And, action plans are needed to meet the demands of an ever growing population in Santa Clarita Valley. 

 “I want to reintroduce the public to our Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) Zone Leaders,” Lewis said. “Our service areas of Santa Clarita Valley are divided into eight zones. Each zone is monitored and managed by a Crime Prevention deputy who looks at incidents of reported crimes and keeps track of crime trends.” 

The eight crime prevention zones in Santa Clarita Valley are: Saugus, Valencia, Newhall, Canyon Country East, Canyon Country West, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic/Val Verde and Gorman.

“By having a deputy responsible for tracking the crime in each zone,” Lewis said, “it will be easier for them to identify crime patterns and offenders. The deputies will work directly with the patrol deputies and detectives to relay trends that they are seeing in their respective zones.” 

Through regular meetings with the Crime Prevention Unit deputies, Captain Lewis receives weekly reports on crimes that are occurring in each of the zones and is able to assist in formulating action plans customized for each area.

Residents are encouraged to identify their zone leader, and stay in contact with them regarding crime trends and nuisance problems in their neighborhoods. 

To identify your area's Zone Leader, use the following link: http://scvsheriff.com/zone-leaders/

By subscribing to Nixle via www.nixle.com, residents can keep up-to-date with weekly reports from their Crime Prevention Zone leaders to stay informed about what crimes are occurring in their neighborhood, and  also receive public safety tips from their Zone deputy tailored to the crime trends that are being noted in their area. The Nixle reports are free to sign up for, and residents can choose whether they want to receive the information through e-mail, text, or both.

"All SCV residents are encouraged to sign up for Nixle," said Crime Prevention Sergeant Michael Wright. "If they are concerned about privacy, they don't have to give their full address when they register on-line, the nearest cross-streets to a residence can be used."  

To receive  Nixle alerts, you can sign up at www.nixle.com, or you may opt in by texting your zip code to 888777.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit
Contact a CPU Zone Leader:
ZONE 1- Gorman area
Deputy John DeYoung *      JTDeYoun@lasd.org

ZONE 2- Castaic/ Val Verde areas
Deputy Brian Rooney*        BJRooney@lasd.org

ZONE 3- Stevenson Ranch area
Deputy Kevin Duxbury       KBDuxbur@lasd.org   661-799-5158

ZONE 4- Saugus area
Deputy Chris Craft             CWCraft@lasd.org      661-799-5161

ZONE 5- Valencia area
Deputy Brian Heischuber    BAHeisch@lasd.org    661-799-5163

ZONE 6- Newhall area 
Deputy Betsy Shackelford  BSShacke@lasd.org   661-255-1121 ext. 4411

ZONE 7- Canyon Country West 
Deputy Jon Wilson             JRWilson@lasd.org     661-799-5159

ZONE 8- Canyon Country East
Deputy Luis Cabrera          LRCabrer@lasd.org    661-799-5158

 * Phone lines are in the process of being established for Deputies DeYoung and Rooney. In the intermittent time period, phone messages may be left with CPU Sergeant Michael Wright at 661-799-5802.

 


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