By Mary O’KEEFE
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station recently opened its doors to community members allowing them to get an up close and personal look at
the station and the
men and women who serve there.
There were several booths in the back parking lot of the station including one for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).
“We are always looking for more volunteers,” said Paul Dutton, CERT coordinator.
The team is comprised of volunteers from the area that work as local responders to disasters like earthquake and fire. They are trained to mobilize their specific area and to report to their team captains who in turn report to the CV Sheriff’s Station. They are extra eyes and ears for the deputies.
The California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Fire Department were on hand as well as Glendale Parks and Recreation that brought along its rock climbing wall.
Visitors got to meet with deputies at the station and with members of the L.A. Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau, the sheriff’s version of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics).
“It was a really good crowd,” said Deputy Jorge Valdivia. “It was a steady flow of people all day.”