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SCV Sheriff's Station honored for crime rate reduction

Posted: February 26, 2009 2:29 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2009 1:11 a.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council honored Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Captain Anthony La Berge (center, with plaque) and station deputies for helping to make the city one of the safest in the nation.

The City of Santa Clarita recently recognized Captain Anthony La Berge and the personnel of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for their efforts in reducing the overall crime rate for the City of Santa Clarita by nearly 15% in 2008.

In fact, the overall crime rate statistics for part 1 crimes in the Santa Clarita Valley reached a four year low, dating back to 2004.

At the February 10, 2009 City Council Meeting, Mayor Frank Ferry made note of an increase in arrests to record levels during the year and a decrease in crime. Indicating less crime was committed, but deputies in patrol and other assignment are working that much harder to ensure public safety.

"When you see people out on their bikes on the paseo, in the parks and trails, out shopping, it is only done in communities where people feel safe," said Mayor Frank Ferry. "There is a direct correlation between the deputies hard work and the drop in crime," he added. Mayor Ferry also attributed the reduction to the City and Sheriff's Anti-Gang Task force and COBRA Team, the Community Interaction Team (CIT), community outreach, crime prevention efforts, station detectives, and special programs. "Captain La Berge made it happen. We can't say enough about our Chief of Police," added Mayor Ferry.

Captain La Berge stood shoulder to shoulder with many station personnel as he accepted the "Silver Plate", one of the City's highest achievement recognition awards. Inscribed on the back of the award: "In special recognition of SCV Sheriff Captain Anthony La Berge for your extraordinary leadership and great work in helping keep our City safe," Mayor Frank Ferry and the Santa Clarita City Council, February 10, 2009.

"We can't sit back and relax now," said Captain Anthony La Berge. "Yes, we had some great numbers, but we all know the troubled economy and we, as a community, must stay on top of our crime prevention efforts and not make it easy for people to victimize us. Don't leave your valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, don't leave your garage doors open, and always report suspicious persons or activity. It's a safe community we live in, but we can't get complacent."


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