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L. A. County Sheriffs Department veteran Lt. Jennifer Seetoo is the first female captain in the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriffs Stationâ€™s 30-year history.
Lieutenant Jennifer Seetoo, a long-time veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s Department, was named Captain of the Malibu-Lost Hills Stationâ€”becoming the first female captain in the stationâ€™s 30-year history.
Capt. Seetoo will oversee the personnel responsible for law enforcement in the Countyâ€™s five contract cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Malibu, Hidden Hills and Westlake Village, as well as the County unincorporated communities, including Topanga.
Seetoo officially took over on May 11, replacing Capt. Chuck Becerra, who announced his resignation in Feb. to take the post of unit commander in Norwalk. Acting captain Joseph Fender filled the position until Seetoo was officially named as the permanent replacement for Becerra.
Lt. Seetoo was hired on Nov. 4, 2018, to serve at the Lost Hills Sheriffâ€™s Station. Just one day later, she took the reins at the Lost Hills Station after Capt. Josh Thai went on medical leave.
Seetoo served as the acting captain during the tragic Borderline shooting on Nov. 7 and the deadly Woolsey Fire that started on Nov. 8, 2018.
After overseeing one of the largest evacuations in the history of Los Angeles County, Lt. Seetoo moved on to become the Malibu Liaison at the Lost Hills Station, where she was responsible for managing ongoing risks in the burn zone as well as public safety throughout the Malibu region.
Seetooâ€™s leadership during the Woolsey fire earned her numerous accolades from the cities in the departmentâ€™s service area, as well as L.A. County Fire Department officials and lieutenants in her department, as The Acorn reported.
State Sen. Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) named Seetoo as his districtâ€™s Woman of the Year for 2019, an award she accepted on the floor of the Capitol.
â€śLieutenant Seetoo showed grace under fire when our community needed a steady hand,â€ť said Sen. Stern at the ceremony. â€śThe Woolsey Fire was a no-win situation, but Lt. Seetoo never feared direct engagement with our hurting community and showed the type of humility and diligence that are the signs of true leadership.â€ť
Lieutenant Seetoo was one of the first women to graduate as an Honor Recruit from the Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s Academy and previously worked as Deputy Director of the Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC), a cooperative effort between United States federal, state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, to address terrorism-related threat intelligence for the greater Los Angeles region.
She and her husband, Joseph Seetoo, reside in Agoura Hills.