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Captain to business: Beware cyber crime

Knowledge of electronic crime urged by SCV’s top cop

Posted: July 15, 2014 5:33 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2014 5:33 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Capt. Roosevelt Johnson warned leaders in the business community Tuesday of cyber crime. Signal file photo

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Capt. Roosevelt Johnson told local business leaders Tuesday he wants to have one of his investigators give them a training session on cyber crime.

Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita at the Valencia Country Club, Johnson updated more than 120 entrepreneurial movers and shakers about crime in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“This community has the distinction of being one of the safest communities in the nation,” he told them. “We do not take that distinction lightly.”

After explaining how the local crime rate is at a “historic low” and that “crime, on the whole, across the country is down,” Johnson warned about the emerging threat posed by technology.

“With the advent of technology ... there are certain crime trends that are actually starting to appear, and a lot of that crime has to do with cyber crime and fraud,” he said.

“Being in the business industry that you’re in right now, I’m sure a lot of you are experiencing some of these things,” he said.

“What I plan to do, in the very near future, is to have someone from our cyber and fraud crime unit attend a session with your organization to present a one- or two-hour training session that I think will be beneficial to you.”

Johnson, who assumed Santa Clarita Valley’s top cop position in March, stressed the importance of his deputies building “winning relationships” with community members.

“It’s really important that we as a community work to solve crime,” he said. “Crime is not a police problem; it’s a community (problem).”

Johnson also pledged to continue his meet-the-community program, called “coffee with the captain,” during which he sits down with Santa Clarita Valley residents to learn their needs and concerns.

As well, he said he plans to enhance the “zone” system of policing set up by his predecessor, Capt. Paul Becker, by appointing a lieutenant to work with deputies monitoring each of Santa Clarita Valley’s eight neighborhood zones.
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