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Sheriff’s Station captain to retire in February

Posted: November 8, 2013 5:43 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2013 5:43 p.m.

Capt. Paul Becker. Signal file photo

The man who has served as the de facto chief of police for the Santa Clarita Valley since 2010 has announced he plans to retire next year, officials confirmed Friday.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Capt. Paul Becker is set to retire on Feb. 5, 2014, after a law enforcement career that spanned three decades.

Becker’s career in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department also included serving as a lieutenant with the Homicide Bureau and work on the gang task force and active and unsolved murder teams.

Becker was named captain of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in 2010 after former Capt. Anthony LaBerge was promoted to commander. LaBerge had served as the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s captain from 2007 to 2010.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Lt. Robert Lewis, former leader of the station’s Crime Prevention Unit, is now serving as active captain until a replacement for Becker can be found.

As part of the Crime Prevention Unit, the Santa Clarita Valley is separated into a series of zones, each of which has a zone leader deputy who is “responsible for a detailed review of all crime within their zone on a daily basis,” according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station website.

Lewis said Friday he wants to bring back zone leader deputies in unincorporated areas of the Santa Clarita Valley such as Castaic and Stevenson Ranch.

“Those areas are a significant part of the overall success of the crime-prevention strategy and our overall commitment in service to all the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley, in both the city and unincorporated areas,” Lewis said.

Becker’s replacement will be selected by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. There is no set date for that to occur.
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