Deputy Alisha Rosa is a local favorite. She quickly earned a name for herself in both Yucaipa and nearby Forest Falls/ Mountain Home Village.
Rosa graduated from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) Academy in 2000 and started her current duty at the Yucaipa Police Station in 2016. Prior to that, she worked in corrections, patrol at the Rancho Cuca-monga Station and the transportation division.
Rosa didn’t always see herself in law enforcement.
“I did not envision myself being a law enforcement officer,” Rosa said. “I was very interested in the medical field and wanted to be a Physician’s Assistant. My sister, who recently retired from SBCSD, sparked my interest in becoming a deputy. I was able to see how she positively affected so many lives in the city of Highland, and I admired that.”
Naturally, Rosa went into law enforcement.
Her training background is diverse. She is currently an active deputy and is bicycle patrol trained, which she loves. She also earned crisis intervention training, which helped her immensely when dealing with mentally ill individuals.
As a Quality of Life deputy at the Yucaipa Police Station, her primary duties include working with homeless individuals in Yucaipa, conducting ABC compliance checks, and implementing the Crime Free Multi-Housing program.
Former Yucaipa Police Lt. Julie Brumm-Landen said Rosa is an asset to the community. “Alisha is a hard worker and dedicated deputy,” she said. “She is a great mentor and her ability to stay positive when things are tough, is amazing to me. She truly cares about the community she works in.”
“The best thing about my job is being able to impact people from many walks of life,” said Rosa. “I feel like I was placed in this career to make a small difference in the lives of the people I come in contact with. I love talking to people. There is so much to learn from one another. Additionally, I enjoy that each day is different.”
The mountain community has a special place for Rosa. She’s known for being responsive and caring, all while effectively enforcing the laws in the mountain community.
Rosa said she especially enjoys patrolling the unincorporated area of Forest Falls.
“I spent the majority of my childhood in Oregon,” said Rosa. “My mother and I would spend time in the forest as often as possible. The community of Forest Falls reminds me of my hometown. I love interacting with the people of Forest Falls and getting to know the community. Forest Falls is so unique and the residents make me feel like a part of their family.”
Rosa said it is her hope to maintain the balance between people going up to the mountains for recreation, and the residents being able to live peacefully.
“This can become difficult, especially during the winter months,” she said regarding the illegal parking and trespassing of some “flatlanders.”
Rosa’s primary duties in Forest Falls are to ensure the safety of both the residents and visitors.
“This includes educating people about the dangers that exist in the wilderness,” she said. “Additionally, I try to enforce laws that are designed to keep the peace and safety of the community. These include, but are not limited to, trespassing issues, parking issues and illegal activities. Fortunately, the Board of Supervisors has recognized the need for additional enforcement in the mountain communities of Forest Falls, Angeles Oaks and Mountain Home Village. They have funded additional deputies on the weekends at least through the summer.”
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reminds visitors that besides the marked recreation and trailheads, the large majority of Forest Falls is private property.
“If the public areas are full, they need to go elsewhere,” said Rosa. “These areas are designed to accommodate a certain amount of people for specific reasons (natural disasters, maintaining forest integrity). Additionally, Forest Falls is a beautiful area, largely due to the wonderful residents who take it upon themselves to clean up trash left behind by visitors. It is disheartening to see how disrespectful some visitors can be by not packing out their trash and not respecting the forest land.”