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LASD - Santa Clarita Valley Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Wednesday January 2nd, 2013 :: 01:16 p.m. PST

Advisory

Start the New Year by Connecting with Your Local Deputies and Staying Informed Before the Next Emergency Strikes.

Social media platforms provide a significant tool for law enforcement. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station uses many systems to get and stay connected with our community and share timely public safety related information.

Using services like, Nixle, Twitter, Facebook, and others, local deputies are able to provide essential information that the public and local media agencies need to know during an emergency. Deputies on scene of an incident or emergency can provide valuable information that may be directly shared with the public through our verified law enforcement systems or accounts. By doing this, we can help our residents avoid the area of a major traffic accident, let them know what is occurring and reduce fear, and even provide safety tips or evacuation information if needed. Our local media outlets often use the information provided to reach out to their audiences and share relevant crime and public safety related information. The best part is you get to choose when and how you want to receive your information through the user settings on these social media platforms.

To get in touch with your local Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, use any or all of the following platforms:

http://www.santaclarita.lasd.org

http://www.nixle.com (santa-clarita-valley-station--los-angeles-county-sheriff/)

http://www.twitter.com (@SCVSheriff and @jdLASD)

http://www.facebook.com/SantaClaritaValleySheriffsStation

http://www.lasd.org

http://www.crimemapping.com/ (Crime statistics)

Gone are the days of posting Wanted posters in the most trafficked areas of town. Modern day law enforcement agencies are posting descriptions of criminals on the most trafficked platforms on the World Wide Web.

An extremely important aspect of partnering with the community is listening to what you have to say about our service. Some of the platforms outlined above provide an avenue for you to provide feedback or ask questions.

Are you familiar with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s zone concept in crime prevention? This innovative platform helps us stay connected with our community and quickly identify crime trends.

To better assess crime trends and more effectively and efficiently deploy resources in response to maintaining our low crime rate, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station launched the Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) in March 2011.

The unit was formed in direct cooperation and collaboration with the city of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles under the leadership and direction of Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Captain Paul Becker. It was formed out of existing station resources and under the same budget.

Captain Becker recognized an immediate need to compartmentalize law enforcement research and services to best maximize the utilization and deployment of resources, identify crime trends and offenders, and better serve all the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. As the Crime Prevention Unit and its concepts were being developed, the project leader from the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station worked for months directly with Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialists from the city of Santa Clarita to identify and map 8 color-coded Crime Prevention Zones, encompassing the entire Santa Clarita Valley. These numbered zones were created to provide manageable geographical boundaries and identifiers, giving deputies and crime research analysts the ability to scrutinize every element of crime, identify trends, and ultimately review and direct needed resources, almost immediately, to criminal and nuisance problems. Allocation of resources is determined by station leaders through comprehensive weekly operational meetings where details of all Part-1 crimes are discussed, logged on Zone Briefing Reports and shared with deputies working the streets in your neighborhoods.

Each of the 8 Crime Prevention Zones is broken down by crime reporting districts and is overseen by a Zone Leader Deputy Sheriff who is responsible for a detailed review of all crime within their zone on a daily basis. These Zone Leaders are part of the Crime Prevention Team (CPT). To learn more or get in touch with your Zone Leader Deputy and what is happening right now on your street, visit the following link:

http://shq-lasdnews/pages/PageDetail.aspx?id=113

Every sheriff’s station throughout Los Angeles County encourages residents to immediately report any suspicious activity by calling their local station, or for crimes in progress dialing 9-1-1.

Innovative crime reporting systems are also gaining significant traction because they enable the community to provide information anonymously. Our station and Department has had great success with residents utilizing the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers program. By dialing 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org you are able to report non-emergency criminal activity anonymously. A smart phone application is also available.

In closing remember these important facts:

Before an emergency or disaster strikes is the optimum time for you to become familiar with the many ways in which you can get information from your local public safety agencies. Take action today so that we can all easily and quickly share valuable information if a large scale disaster hits. It has been reported that during Hurricane Katrina, the only reliable way to communicate was by text messaging and/or tweeting. This is a good piece of information to know if you are caught off guard in the next crisis. While everyone else is desperately trying to make a call, you might be able to get your messages out via text. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also posted information relating to social media platforms becoming an important means of communication and information sharing before, during and after a disaster or large scale emergency.

With the fresh start to a new year, I urge you to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making an emergency plan. As part of your emergency planning, we suggest you explore various social media communication options.

Deputy Joshua Dubin
jddubin@lasd.org
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
661-255-1121 ext. 4411
Twitter @SCVSheriff http://www.twitter.com/scvsheriff
SCV Station Homepage - http://www.santaclarita.lasd.org
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SantaClaritaValleySheriffsStation

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23740 Magic Mountain Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

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