Capt. Chris Blasnek took his first tour of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station on Monday, and had only positive impressions to report: “There are a lot of nice people here,” he said. “Capt. Song left me a very nice gem.”
Bill Song, who served as the CV Station’s captain for nearly four years, was promoted to commander last month and transferred, over the weekend, to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Technology and Support Division.
Blasnek, a 33-year veteran of the county’s sheriff’s department, replaces him.
“I always tell the guys out here on patrol, and it’s true of me too, you should leave every call and contact as if you would expect your own family to be treated,” he said. “Patrol your area how you would expect law enforcement to patrol your home when you’re gone. I think doing that makes them proactive.”
Prior to arriving to the CV Station, Blasnek served as a lieutenant for 10 years, most recently with the department’s reserve forces bureau. There, he handled all the reserve deputies, as well as the department’s Deputy Explorer Program, a career development operation, and its Sheriff’s Mounted Posse programs, for which members patrol on horseback.
Blasnek expects that experience will help with his transition to the new post, where there is an active and dedicated team of volunteers associated with the Montrose Search and Rescue team and local volunteer reserves.
Before his position leading the reserve forces, Blasnek was second in command at the station that serves the Walnut and Diamond Bar communities. That position taught him a lot about running a station, “what needs to be done and what to look for, what the responsibilities are,” he said.
Blasnek’s recent role as Past President of the San Gabriel Officer of the Peace Association, a nonprofit charitable organization, brought him into contact with law enforcement personnel from throughout the area, including those from the Glendale, Arcadia and Sierra Madre police departments.
“It enables you to reach out and if I have any problems, questions or assistance needed, I feel free to call them because I’ve established those relationships already,” Blasnek said. “And that’s important, because the bad guys don’t care where city lines stop and where they begin.”
Blasnek did encounter one problem on his first day at the new job: What to do with 33 years’ worth of stuff in the boxes that accompanied him to La Crescenta. Not everything was going to fit on his new office’s walls, though he was more concerned with the scene beyond his door.
“I’m going to try and make my mark here at the station,” Blasnek said. “I’m going to reach out and talk to every person who’s assigned here and work on what they can do to make the community better than when they found it, to make their own mark.”