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Sheriff to Increase Patrols in Unincorporated Areas

Since 2011, sheriff's patrols had been reduced in unincorporated areas such as Murrieta Hot Springs, French Valley, Winchester, Aguanga and Anza Valley due to budget cutbacks.

The number of sheriff's deputies patrolling unincorporated areas near Temecula, Murrieta and other parts of Riverside County is set to increase soon thanks to a freshly-graduated group.

Following completion of six months of basic training, 23 graduates walked in a ceremony held Thursday in Riverside, it was announced. The graduates are the first in a replacement stream to rebuild staffing after 2011 cutbacks in unincorporated areas, according to a news release. Some of the new deputies will also be assigned to local jails.

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff sought and was given approval in June 2012 by the Board of Supervisors to deficit-spend to begin hiring in an effort to restore previous staffing levels.

During the prior year, positions vacated by attrition were not filled, resulting in a decrease of deputies assigned to unincorporated communities such as Murrieta Hot Springs, French Valley, Winchester, Aguanga and Anza Valley.

"The new deputies will allow the Sheriff's Department to bring these patrol strength levels back to 1.0 deputies/1,000 population," said sheriff's spokesperson Deputy Albert Martinez.

"In the previous fiscal year, the Board of Supervisors directed the reduction to .75/1,000 for budget purposes. In addition, as a result of AB 109 Realignment, the Sheriff is expanding jail staffing to deal with the added burdens shifted to the counties by the state in October 2011."

Additional academy classes are underway and will continue in successive waves, as will continuous hiring by the department, Martinez said.

"The Sheriff told the Board of Supervisors in June 2012 that he needed a decision that month to have the unincorporated patrol force beefed up by mid-2014 due to the long lead times in recruiting, testing, background investigations, and training of new deputies in accordance with state POST standards. The Sheriff's budget will be readjusted later this fiscal year by the CEO to accommodate the directed hiring increase."

The Basic Academy is offered at the Ben Clark Training Center and satisfies the minimum requirements established by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, according to the news release.

The Moreno Valley College, Riverside Community College District, provides college credits for these classes in partnership with BCTC. BCTC conducts these training courses throughout the year in Riverside under certification by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department through POST.

REZ10 January 22, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Even trailer parks like yours need an occasional cleansing.
Timber January 22, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Two thumbs up tbone. Most do not know how to conduct themselves when confronted by cops. Those cops coercing people to show id fail at their job, PC 647(e) was ruled unconstitutional back in 1983 and a 4th Amend violation in 1981 (Kolander v. Lawson). Law enforcement was so concerned with everyone's Right to freedom of movement that they immediately repealed it in 2008, yeah 25 YEARS LATER. I would take exception to being required to provide id even when you are suspected or are committing a crime. If id is on your person and you are arrested it will be found via incident to arrest. If no id on your person you still are not required to answer any questions - they will have your person no matter what, id is irrelevant at that point. Is JJ short for a black-hole, they are very dense?
Aud January 25, 2013 at 06:59 AM
I know right?!
Susan March 13, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Patrolling is welcome, harassment is not. So we'll see how great it actually is I guess. Hoping for the best. :)
American Right March 13, 2013 at 08:30 PM
If you had the right to carry and exercised it you would really not care if the patrols were increased or not.

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