After leaving her assignment at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station three years ago, Oceal Victory has returned to lead the station.
Having served as a watch commander at the Marina del Rey station from 2003 to 2005, Victory came back Monday, April 7th, when she began serving as the new captain of the station. She replaces Capt. Mary Campbell, who stepped down last month.
A 30-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, Victory, 50, assumes her first role as head of a patrol station after serving for two and a half years as an operations lieutenant at the Carson patrol station.
“It meant the world to me,” Victory said of becoming captain of the Marina del Rey station. “I’m so enthusiastic about the possibility of what we can do here. It gives me great honor to serve this community as captain.”
Familiar with the surrounding environment of the Marina station — which also serves the communities of Ladera Heights, Windsor Hills and View Park —Victory was quick to express her appreciation for where she works.
“It’s absolutely breathtaking,” said Inglewood resident Victory, who has a husband Claude and two children, Jessica and J. Ross. “I’m humbled and blessed to be able to look out my office window and see the sereneness of the Marina.”
As she was growing up in South Los Angeles, Victory said she decided to enter law enforcement primarily as a way to help people and give back to the community.
Victory joined the County Sheriff’s Department in 1978 as a clerk at the Lennox patrol station and after graduating from the department academy, she was assigned to the Sybil Brand Institute for Women in East Los Angeles. While serving as a sheriff’s deputy for 15 years, Victory worked various assignments, including the commercial crimes bureau, recruit training bureau and court services bureau.
A main highlight for Victory during her years with the department was working in the Substance Abuse and Narcotics Education Unit, where she taught youths about the damages of drugs and was able to see them apply the lessons learned.
As she takes over as head of the Marina station, Victory says she hopes to create an environment where people in the community are familiar with the deputies who serve them.
“I want to make that connection where not only they know who we are but we know them,” Victory said of building the relationship with the community. “We are their deputies and they are our community. When you know people who patrol your area, you’re more apt to call.”
Victory admitted that her first week on the job was a “little hectic,” as her office was still getting set up and she was trying to meet with department staff. But as someone who has worked at the station before, Victory said she already knows about 80 percent of the personnel.
“They’re familiar with me so that makes for a great working relationship,” she said. “I want to create a family environment here at our station.”
Among the main challenges Victory sees for the Marina station are combating the areas of crime that are peaking, balancing the needs of residents and deputies and ensuring that the station has proper equipment.
“We really need to bridge that gap between the community and law enforcement,” Victory said, referring to one of her goals.
The new captain said she would also like to work on finding more space at the station for meeting areas and lockers.
“I think we’re doing a fantastic job and we’re only going to get better,” she said.