Welcome to the STAR Unit

The STAR Unit (formerly known as the SANE Unit) has placed Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff’s on school campuses across Los Angeles since 1985. STAR Deputies help thousands of young students mature into good decision makers every year.

The STAR Unit is more than a drug and violence prevention program. STAR Deputies establish a personal touch between the world’s largest law enforcement agency and the communities it serves.

Today’s students live in a world of great opportunities and great distractions. Successful students must learn how to make good choices and negotiate possible pitfalls as they grow into adulthood.


Let Us Be A Part of Your Community

Students in the STAR Program get the benefit of interacting with a Deputy Sheriff in a friendly environment. STAR Deputies establish relationships with multiple generations of students, parents, teachers and community leaders. While it may be difficult to quantify the effect that STAR Deputies have with statistics, a school with a STAR Deputy is easy to spot. These communities have a genuine “small town” state of mind where parents, students, and teachers feel invested in their community’s law enforcement and welcome deputies into their neighborhood.

STAR Deputies speak to students in a classroom setting about:

· Setting goals regarding college, careers and maturing into successful adults,
· Getting involved in activities to stay busy and out of trouble,
· Developing good communication skills,
· The dangers and consequences of drug abuse, addiction & experimentation,
· Dealing with negative peer pressure and practicing positive peer pressure,
· Exercises in good decision making and being decisive,
· Safety Issues in the student’s local communities (i.e., Flood/Fire Safety for Malibu area students), and
· Current issues and trends at teachers or administrators request (i.e., bullying, internet safety, etc.).


Meet the STAR Unit

STAR is a county wide unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that operates out of STAR Center in Whittier. The STAR Unit consists of the Deputies that teach in schools, their supervisors and the office support staff.


Lieutenant Joe Nicassio

Sergeant Vanessa Chow

Sergeant Oscar Gallardo

Deputy Armando Alvarado

Deputy Dolly Bryant

Deputy Jeff Donohoo

Deputy Henri Floris

Deputy Jake Merrifield

Deputy Cesar Romero

Deputy Millicent Scott

Deputy Anne Trabbie

Deputy Daniel Vargas

Deputy Mark Yriarte

Reserve Deputy Connie Chandler – OAIII

Victoria Pacheco – Intermediate Typist Clerk

Caryn Leuschner – Law Enforcement Technician


Meet Deputy Floris

Click the Play button to hear about Deputy Floris Deputy Henri Floris has been with the Sheriff’s Department for over 21 years.  Prior to working for the Sheriff’s Department, he worked with troubled youths at the California Youth Authority.  After a stint at the Inmate Reception Center, Henri spent 5 years on patrol at Industry …

Meet Deputy Romero

Click the Play button to hear about Deputy Romero Deputy Cesar J. Romero is a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and he has been with the STAR Unit since 2008. After custody assignments at Pitchess Detention Center North and Men’s Central Jail, Deputy Romero worked on patrol at East Los Angeles …

Contact the STAR Unit

If you would like information on getting a STAR Deputy at your school, please contact the STAR Unit office:


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