LASD Hydro Flask Water Bottles Available Now!

img_8906The STAR Unit is proudly offering 40 oz Hydro Flask Basecamp Mega Tundra Water Bottles for sale this holiday season. The bottles are $30 each. 

The bottles have a wide mouth and are vacuum insulated. They keep contents COLD for 24 hours or HOT for 12 hours. The bottles have a powder coat finish with copper lining, double wall 18/8 stainless steel, and proprietary insulated lid. These bottles are BPA free.

To place your order contact the STAR Unit at 562-347-1203 or via email at STARunit@lasd.org.

 

Meet Deputy Floris

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IMG_0390Deputy 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 Station before joining the STAR Unit.

Deputy Floris has been with the STAR Unit for over 12 years. He enjoys teaching two curricula, Too Good for Drugs & Violence (from the Mendez Foundation) and Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T), at schools in the cities of La Puente, Basset, Hacienda Heights, Belinda and Artesia. Deputy Floris also provides parent education classes on subjects like internet safety and drug awareness.  He enjoys being a positive influence in the classroom and in the community. In the summer, Deputy Henri oversees the Basset STAR Camp. The summer camps are a great opportunity for the STAR Deputies to spend time with their students outside of the classroom.

Deputy Floris is happily married, and the couple have two children. Henri enjoyed coaching AYSO soccer for 10 years, and he now likes to golf, play racquetball and mountain bike in his spare time.

Meet Deputy Romero

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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 Station for ten years.

When an opportunity arose to work at the STAR Unit, it seemed to be the perfect fit. Cesar grew up in East Los Angeles and still remembers the police officer who visited his elementary school. Those visits gave him an opportunity to see law enforcement on a more personal level.

As a member of the STAR Unit, Deputy Romero has been able to return the positive feelings he experienced as a youth to a new generation of young people.  Deputy Romero feels extremely fortunate that he can share his experiences as a deputy sheriff in a venue that positively influences others.  He believes the STAR Unit promotes not only the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department but also helps foster a respectful relationship between law enforcement in general and the communities they serve.

DSC_0034Deputy Romero currently teaches at schools in the cities of Lakewood, Artesia and Hawaiian Gardens. During the summer, Cesar organizes the STAR Unit Golf Tournament (currently held at the Hacienda Golf Club) with his partner, Deputy Daniel Vargas.  The annual golf tournament is the primary fund raiser for the STAR Unit, and has raised over $450,000 in its 17-year history.

Cesar also serves as the President of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association (LASPA).

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Welcome to Deputy Jake’s blog

Hello Parents,

My name is Deputy Jake Merrifield, and I am in charge of the STAR Program in Malibu and La Canada/Flintridge. I will use this blog to post summaries of each lesson I teach throughout the year. If you ever want to get a hold of me you can contact me in the following ways:

  • Email: deputyjake68@yahoo.com
  • Twitter: @deputyjake68
  • or comment here at the blog.

I will try to post relevant information, articles and anecdotes from my time in the Lost Hills Area and La Canada/Flintridge.  I hope you find the information useful.

Thanks for your time.

Deputy Jake Merrifield

Meet Deputy Vargas

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IMG_1307Deputy Daniel Vargas is a 23 year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and he has been a STAR Deputy since 2009.  His first assignment on the department was at Men’s Central Jail before he went to East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station to work patrol.  He worked there for ten years, and he had the opportunity to work with numerous schools, teachers, principals, business owners and community leaders. Deputy Vargas came to the STAR Unit because it’s the perfect assignment for him to continue his career teaching and mentoring youth at all grade levels. Daniel currently teaches in 11 schools across Diamond Bar and Walnut.

At the age of 14 Deputy Vargas knew he wanted to be a police officer. He was a good student and played lots of sports growing up, but he was drawn to law enforcement because of the adults in his life. His aunt and uncle who were both deputies; with role models like them, his goal of becoming a deputy sheriff became an easy decision.  Having family in the LASD gave him an opportunity to see law enforcement on a more personal level.

As a member of the STAR Unit, Deputy Vargas has been able to return the positive feelings he experienced as a youth to a new generation of young people.  Deputy Vargas feels extremely fortunate that he can share his experiences as a deputy sheriff with his students. He believes that he promotes not only the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department but also all of law enforcement in general. During the summer, Daniel organizes the STAR Unit Golf Tournament (currently held at the Hacienda Golf Club) with his partner Cesar Romero.  The annual golf tournament is the primary fund raiser for the STAR Unit, and has raised over $450,000 in its 17 year history.

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Deputy Vargas resides in Chino with his wife and two daughters. He is also the Vice President of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association (LASPA). 

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Meet Deputy Donohoo

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IMG_3448Deputy Jeff Donohoo is a 30 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. After working custody assignments at Pitchess Detention Center, Jeff worked on patrol at Cresenta Valley Station and Walnut Station. Deputy Donohoo came to the STAR Unit in 1999 (at that time it was the SANE Unit) and has worked at the STAR Unit ever since.

Deputy Donohoo has taught STAR classes all over the county, including East Los Angeles, La Canada-Flintridge, Rosemead, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley. Deputy Jeff is currently assigned to the Lost Hills Station area with his partner Deputy Jake Merrifield and teaches classes primarily in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village.

Deputy Donohoo states, “When I first interviewed to work as a drug education and prevention deputy, I was eager to educate youth on the dangers of substance abuse and gangs.  I never thought I would still be in this unit for as long as I have, but I have not tired of the good work we have accomplished in the STAR Unit.  I am proud to be part of a team of deputies who spend their time helping teach young people the way to make safe choices and avoid the pitfalls of drugs and gangs.  There aren’t a lot of stats that conclusively prove the benefit of prevention programs, but I see firsthand the difference we make in the lives of children and their communities.  We represent law enforcement in a positive light to thousands of kids every day.  We are positive role-models in the lives of the students we teach.”cropped-cropped-img_15902.jpgDuring the summer, Deputy Jeff is the go-to “Activities Director” for all of the unit summer camps, including the Malibu STAR Camp that he runs with Deputy Jake in Malibu.