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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.

Connie Lingus January 21, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Welcome Deputies!
tbone January 21, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Ah crap more thugs with guns .Just what we need . Leave the unincorperated areas alone . If they need your help they will call. Sh&t there goes my neighborhood .
Julie B January 21, 2013 at 05:26 PM
tbone, I am sorry but would you please grow up and stop turning every single article into your own personal playground? I am so glad that they are going to be more visible! We need it!!!
Mrs. MacGillicuttie January 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM
i dont wanna grow up-i'm a toys r us kid, they got a million toys at toys r us that i can play with...
magi January 21, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Funny shit tbone. Keep going
Julie B January 21, 2013 at 05:36 PM
In fact, send them to my street and you will more than make your daily tickets catching all the people that fly by my house! PLEASE before some innocent pedestrian is struck! 25mph somehow translates into about 50 for most it makes me so mad!
magi January 21, 2013 at 05:37 PM
More tax dollars going to waste!
Julie B January 21, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Oh tbone, no need to keep posting to yourself through multiple aliases hun
tbone January 21, 2013 at 05:41 PM
No you are truly brainwashed .Yes it is true .The cops are to keep the streets safe from the criminals . But they have forgotten the first rule Obey your OATH .. I work the grave yard shift so on my days off while you are sleeping Im awake its just the way my body is after 20yrs on this shift .So when I take my midnight walks jog .Every single time I get stopped .Which a Terry stop is illegal .They think because they ask for id I have to show them it (wrong) unless you are being suspected of a crime or commiting a crime then yes you have to .They try to ask me question which I never answer .I always ask am I being detained .Most times they tell me no and I just leave with out saying a word . Only a couple of times I gave my ID because the officers were very polite and you get respect when you give it .But dont lie to me saying I have to show id if I am not commiting a crime or suspected of one .Im just jogging .
Julie B January 21, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Well you have to admit its a little bizarre and unsafe for YOU I might add, to be jogging the streets at midnight. If I saw someone out on the streets that late I would think they were up to no good. Can't help it.
Julie B January 21, 2013 at 05:48 PM
and to add, just because you have beef with the cops and they way they do their job doesn't mean I am brainwashed, but I thank you for your opinion. You are indeed entitled to it. :)
Brenda January 21, 2013 at 08:13 PM
"What are your thoughts? Are the increased patrols needed?" Lord the strange ones come out on great articles about improving upon our police coverage. If 3 people click the Flag is inappropriate button their ignorant posts will go away. Even mine if you think it is. My thought are that its GREAT, some wonderful news to hear this morning!! Great job by Sniff to make it happen also. Why is it that our oh what shall we call them, staffing secondary to our City and County staff supervisors? Ok, that kind of works, the CoCSS takes over where our City and County governments fail, take the bulls by the horn and make things happen like should be done by our higher ups. Like what do those guys/women do in 4 years? LOL, not a thing as far as I can see except order their signature stamp. We need the officers, we should have never did lay offs in 2011 as that is exactly when our crime in Southeast went UP to this mess we have today of killings, baseball bat beatings, burglaries, robberies, drunk drivers etc. etc. Cudos to Sniff :) and congratulations to all the new Sheriff's, now get out there and get your feet wet and catch us some criminals cause they get more hard core every single day. When did it become common for a 15 yr old GIRL to get a 20 yr old man to beat the livng hell out of another 20 yr old Male. Southest is a MESS.
JJ Mclure January 21, 2013 at 09:27 PM
most crimes occur after dark. You look suspect
JJ Mclure January 21, 2013 at 09:28 PM
you need a Posse
Lisa January 21, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Wow, can anyone that posts on the Patch stay on topic and bring anything postive ot the table??? I have to say something because I have never seen so much hate and negativity on almost everything published. Jeez...
Vor January 22, 2013 at 01:42 AM
More cops in this case a good idea. These unincorporated areas are under represented.
Retired Fellow January 22, 2013 at 03:12 AM
I welcome the new sheriff deputies with open arms!!! No law abiding citizen should have an issue with presenting valid identification with requested by any LEO. That is, if you have nothing to hide...
Theotis McLiboTard January 22, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Hooray
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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