The SCV Sheriff’s Foundation held a very special event in June in order to develop and encourage community support of the SCV Sheriff’s Department. The event, called “An Evening with the Captain”, offered an opportunity for guests to become Associate Members of the Sheriff’s Foundation.
The Sheriff’s Foundation is a volunteer organization that assists the SCV Sheriff’s Station in purchasing equipment, supplies and training for Deputies and Volunteers. The Foundation supports our Sworn Officers, station administration, Civilian Volunteers, Explorers, the Search & Rescue Unit and Reserve Deputy Programs.
The event was held at the estate of Moe & Linda Hafizi. Seventy-five guests were invited to enjoy wine and delicious hors d’ oeuvres, and meet with Captain Robert Lewis, who took over the post in 2017. Captain Lewis has spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, about half of that in the Santa Clarita Valley in several different capacities.
Guests were able to get to know Captain Lewis on a more personal level and discuss various topics of interest in their community. He spoke to the group about the new sheriff´s station which is coming soon. He also discussed safety and crime statistics and how crime is down in Santa Clarita due to the hard work of the men and women of the Sheriff´s station. The Captain also took questions from the guests including questions on drugs in the SCV and safety issues on school campuses.
Guests were pleased with the opportunity to chat with the Captain and some of his staff in this very informal and relaxed setting. As a result, many guests became Associate Members of the Sheriffs Foundation, and the Foundation gained a number of new Citizen and Business Associate Board Members as well.
During the evening, Captain Lewis expressed the gratitude of the entire Department for the generous support of the community and the dedicated efforts of the Sheriff’s Foundation and the Foundation’s leadership.
There are plans in place for more “Evenings with the Captain” in different areas of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Foundation began in 1985 as the Sheriff’s Booster Club. It was created by a group of residents who wanted to assist local law enforcement in a tangible way. In 2009, the group reorganized as the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Foundation to reflect the growing breadth and scope of its ongoing support. Through the generosity of SCV residents it continues its valuable work.