[KHTS] – With years of experience in public safety and community outreach, Yesenia Holwager, the new zone leader for Stevenson Ranch, is looking forward to her new role with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Holwager, who has worked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station since 2012, joined the station’s Crime Prevention Unit, or CPU, this week.
“I like interacting with the public — I’m a people person,” she said. “I’m very proactive and I like to problem-solve.”
She joined the Sheriff’s Department six years ago, with her previous assignment also in the Santa Clarita Valley, at South Facility for Pitchess in Castaic. She also had a brief stint recently as a school resource deputy in Canyon Country.
The CPU is a team of deputies formed as a collaboration between the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County, as a crime analysis and community response unit for the Sheriff’s Station, according to officials.
The team’s zone leaders, each assigned one of eight areas in the Santa Clarita Valley, look at crime and trends and help the station adjust its crime-prevention efforts accordingly, she said.
“You’re tallying up what’s going on in your assigned area,” Howlager said, “and you’re trying to find solutions to bring down those numbers.”
There’s also a community involvement aspect, she said.
In the past, outreach by the Crime Prevention Unit has included things like community meetings for Sheriff’s Station Capt. Roosevelt Johnson’s Coffee with the Captain to meeting with Homeowners Associations and taking part in events like the recent Haunted Jailhouse.
Before coming to the Sheriff’s Department, Holwager worked in her hometown as for 17 years as a civic employee with the Santa Monica Police Department.
There she spent time as a cadet, worked as a 911 operator and a community service officer before joining her husband in the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Department.
She got her calling after something a deputy said to her once stuck, she said.
“’I don’t know, there’s just something about having a bear on your badge,’” she said laughing. “It’s the sheriff’s tradition, being a part of the largest sheriff’s department in the country — there’s a certain prestige about it.”