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Officer assigned to COPPS unit

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – Sgt. Mike De Los Santos, a 32-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and a supervisor of the department’s SWAT team, has been assigned to the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) unit. “Mike De Los Santos is one of the most talented law enforcement officers I have ever had the privilege of working with,” said Thousand Oaks Mayor Dennis Gillette, a former police chief in the city. In his new assignment, De Los Santos will handle community concerns and quality-of-life issues from the unit’s headquarters, a police resource center in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The program is designed to bring community police services closer to residents, offering a resource center where people can ask questions, get information and talk to police about problems that concern them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 De Los Santos has been a member of the sheriff’s SWAT team for 25 years and was the supervisor of the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit handling gang problems in the city for 12 years. “He has done an excellent job commanding the gang unit,” said Dennis Carpenter, chief of the Thousand Oaks Police Department, which operates under contract with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. He said De Los Santos’ experience will help him deal with a wide variety of problems in the community, including code enforcement and concerns raised by the school district. “He has the flexibility to reach out and solve problems with all the resources of our department at his fingertips,” Carpenter said. “Having his knowledge base is going to be very beneficial. He knows all the players and he’ll be working with managers of the various departments around City Hall.” De Los Santos said he looks forward to working with Thousand Oaks residents on problems facing the community. “This unit involves the city, the police and the community all working together,” he said. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more