Capt. Sergio Aloma, the head of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, has been promoted to the rank of commander and on Sunday will be charged with overseeing the Sheriff’s Department’s Custody Division in downtown Los Angeles.
Aloma’s promotion is one of many changes being made by newly elected Sheriff Alex Villanueva. His replacement has not yet been announced.
Aloma was named to the head the WeHo station in March 2017, replacing Holly Perez, who herself was promoted to commander at the Central Patrol Division after 12 months heading the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.
Aloma had worked as operations lieutenant at the West Hollywood Station before being appointed as acting captain in October 2015 upon the resignation of Capt. Gary Honigs. At that point Aloma had spent 15 of his 30 years with the Sheriff’s Department working at the West Hollywood Station.
“West Hollywood is home to me; this station and this community, it’s home,” Aloma said when he was officially named captain. “I am beyond excited and humbled at the same time because I know this is not necessarily the normal progression. The fact that I get to stay here and command a station that is very special to me in a community that is very special to me is incredible. I’ve spent most of my career here. I feel very fortunate; my heart is here in West Hollywood . . . I’m looking forward to the challenges here.”
During his tenure as captain, Aloma continued to stage the monthly Coffee with Cops events, where residents were invited to meet with deputies at local coffee shops and restaurants. He also implemented efforts to step up engagement with homeless people, with Sheriff’s deputies working closely with other agencies as part of West Hollywood’s “Homeless Initiative.” Aloma also invited the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Mental Evaluation Team to house some of its staff members at the West Hollywood Station, making it easier for Sheriff’s deputies to effectively respond to an issue involving a homeless person who apparently is mentally ill.
Aloma increased the Sheriff’s Station’s focus on crime on West Hollywood’s Eastside, where residents expressed concern about an increase in minor crimes that they attributed to homeless people.
Aloma is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and attended Cal State L.A. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2012. He lives in Simi Valley and is known for his skill as a runner. In recent years he has participated in a dozen races, include the San Francisco and Boston marathons, the Santa Monica Classic and the Rock ‘n Roll Los Angeles race.
Aloma also has worked as an off-campus coach with the Pioneer cross country team of Simi Valley High School, which his two sons have attended. His work with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has included serving as a transit services officer and conducting searches with a drug-sniffing dog as well as educating students about the dangers of drug possession.