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Deputy Jeff Donohoo is a 30 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. After working custody assignments at Pitchess Detention Center, Jeff worked on patrol at Cresenta Valley Station and Walnut Station. Deputy Donohoo came to the STAR Unit in 1999 (at that time it was the SANE Unit) and has worked at the STAR Unit ever since.
Deputy Donohoo has taught STAR classes all over the county, including East Los Angeles, La Canada-Flintridge, Rosemead, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley. Deputy Jeff is currently assigned to the Lost Hills Station area with his partner Deputy Jake Merrifield and teaches classes primarily in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village.
Deputy Donohoo states, “When I first interviewed to work as a drug education and prevention deputy, I was eager to educate youth on the dangers of substance abuse and gangs. I never thought I would still be in this unit for as long as I have, but I have not tired of the good work we have accomplished in the STAR Unit. I am proud to be part of a team of deputies who spend their time helping teach young people the way to make safe choices and avoid the pitfalls of drugs and gangs. There aren’t a lot of stats that conclusively prove the benefit of prevention programs, but I see firsthand the difference we make in the lives of children and their communities. We represent law enforcement in a positive light to thousands of kids every day. We are positive role-models in the lives of the students we teach.”During the summer, Deputy Jeff is the go-to “Activities Director” for all of the unit summer camps, including the Malibu STAR Camp that he runs with Deputy Jake in Malibu.