Sheriff's substation has new crime prevention specialist
Ashley Jenkins, the new crime specialist at the Valley Center Sheriff's substation, and Sgt. Jeffrey Lauhon.
"I want to be contacted and used as a resource. That's what I'm here for and that's what I'm excited about," says Jenkins.
July 31, 2013"I want to be contacted and used as a resource. That's what I'm here for and that's what I'm excited about," says Ashley Jenkins, the new crime prevention specialist assigned to the Valley Center Sheriff's substation.
She is new in every sense of the word. Not only was May 17 her first day on the job in Valley Center, it was also her first day as a crime specialist and first day on the job with Sheriff's Dept.
Born and raised in El Cajon, Jenkins has a degree in communications from Cal Poly Pomona.
Talking about what drew her into her job with the Sheriff's Department, she told The Roadrunner, "I gained an interest in community outreach in college and upon graduation got an internship with an online news source and developed a relationship with the police." She added, "That's where I developed my interest. I heard about this job, which appealed to me because it combined community outreach, supporting law enforcement and the fact that the Sheriff's Dept. covers all of San Diego."
The job of the crime specialist is to support the community in any way that relates to the Sheriff's Dept. Every Sheriff's station and substation has at least one. "My goal," says Jenkins, "is to provide whatever Valley Center needs. Valley Center is a unique area compared to other areas. Its needs are unique."
A significant part of her job is as an ag crime prevention specialist. The Sheriff's Dept. has in recent years developed more resources to fighting agriculture crime in San Diego's rural areas, especially Valley Center, Pauma Valley and Fallbrook, where there is a large concentration of farming.
Jenkins says she will be working closely with the San Diego County Farm Bureau and will attend rural crime school in September.
She is knowledgeable in all other crime prevention programs of the department, including Neighborhood Watch, Crime Free Multi-housing and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), which looks at business areas and parks and develops ways to prevent crime through the layout of the facility, the lighting, and other factors.
She also does residential and commercial security consultations and programs such as the Sheriff's Start Smart Program, which promotes safe driving through the schools.
She will make a presentation to any group that requests it, such as churches, community centers or schools. Everything she does is free to the community.
Recently she did a presentation to Light of the Valley Lutheran Church's Vacation Bible School. She introduced the children to McGruff, the crime dog. She talked about saying no to bullying, Internet safety, and when to call 911.
She has an upcoming presentation to the Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) on Keeping Your Child Safe.
"I'd love to get some neighborhood watches going," she says. "Whenever anyone calls me I'm going to be eager to do it and to figure out the best way, whether to incorporate sheriff's department into their existing event, or create a new one, or direct them to the appropriate resource if it is not the Sheriff's Dept. I want to be useful in the community."
You can reach Ashley Jenkins by calling her at 760-751-4408 or emailing her at Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org.