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Deputy Daniel Vargas is a 23 year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and he has been a STAR Deputy since 2009. His first assignment on the department was at Men’s Central Jail before he went to East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station to work patrol. He worked there for ten years, and he had the opportunity to work with numerous schools, teachers, principals, business owners and community leaders. Deputy Vargas came to the STAR Unit because it’s the perfect assignment for him to continue his career teaching and mentoring youth at all grade levels. Daniel currently teaches in 11 schools across Diamond Bar and Walnut.
At the age of 14 Deputy Vargas knew he wanted to be a police officer. He was a good student and played lots of sports growing up, but he was drawn to law enforcement because of the adults in his life. His aunt and uncle who were both deputies; with role models like them, his goal of becoming a deputy sheriff became an easy decision. Having family in the LASD gave him an opportunity to see law enforcement on a more personal level.
As a member of the STAR Unit, Deputy Vargas has been able to return the positive feelings he experienced as a youth to a new generation of young people. Deputy Vargas feels extremely fortunate that he can share his experiences as a deputy sheriff with his students. He believes that he promotes not only the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department but also all of law enforcement in general. During the summer, Daniel organizes the STAR Unit Golf Tournament (currently held at the Hacienda Golf Club) with his partner Cesar Romero. The annual golf tournament is the primary fund raiser for the STAR Unit, and has raised over $450,000 in its 17 year history.
Deputy Vargas resides in Chino with his wife and two daughters. He is also the Vice President of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association (LASPA).