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Crime Increases in 2015, With Biggest Increase in Unincorporated Areas

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Overall Crime:

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has released preliminary crime statistics for calendar year 2015, indicating an overall increase of 7.4% in all reported FBI Part I crimes

Violent Crime increased by 6.6% in the Sheriff’s areas of Riverside County (both unincorporated areas and cities), along with 7.4% increase in overall property crime in those same areas.  The FBI typically publishes final crime data for 2015 later this year.

Although homicides were down sharply by nearly 26% for 2015, there was a 7.4% increase in the number of robberies and for aggravated assaults reported to the Sheriff.  The overall FBI violent crime numbers (homicide, rape, robbery & aggravated assaults) increased by 6.6% across all of the Sheriff’s areas.  Reported rapes increased by 2.4% over the previous calendar year.  The violent crime numbers were the highest reported since 2012.

Property crimes (burglaries, auto thefts & felony thefts) in the Sheriff’s areas of responsibility (county and cities) within Riverside County increased by 7.4%, although burglaries were sharply reduced by over 20% in 2015.

Auto thefts increased by over 20% in 2015, contrasted with the previous year and were the highest number reported since 2007.

Contract Cities Only:

Within just the Sheriff contract law enforcement cities combined, violent increased 2.4%, property crimes increased 5.7%, with FBI Part I Crimes increasing 5.5%.  The Sheriff’s contract policing services provides each of our 17 community partners with a flexible menu of services and each city is able to control its police staffing levels along with their own unique focus for their respective community.  The Sheriff’s local commanders serve as city police chiefs for each city manager and are just as responsive as any other city department head.  This responsiveness encourages considerable initiative and creativity in dealing with local crime challenges in each of those partner cities.

Unincorporated Areas Only:

Within just the unincorporated areas of Riverside County, violent crime increased 18.3% from 2014 to 2015, and Property crimes increased by 14.2%, and all FBI Part I Crime was up in the unincorporated areas by 14.6% in 2015, the highest since 2012.  In the unincorporated areas of Riverside County, the overall increase in reported Part 1 crimes was impacted the most by aggravated assault, auto theft, and larceny-theft.

Patrol staffing has been held without any increases by County direction and funding at 1.04/1000 population since June 2014, placing on hold the previous County policy under the buildup of patrol deputy staffing in the unincorporated areas up to 1.2 sworn/1000 population over the several years. In contrast, the Sheriff’s contract city partners each staff their cities in accordance with their own desires.

The Sheriff’s Department serves as the contract policing agency partner with 17 of Riverside County’s 28 cities and also serves the unincorporated areas of Riverside County for criminal investigations.  Altogether, the Sheriff is responsible for policing nearly 1.4 million residents of the County’s population of 2.3 million. Annually Sheriff’s Department dispatchers receive over 1.6 million phone calls from the public and dispatch nearly 900,000 calls for service (CFS) by Sheriff’s staff, with nearly 1/3 being in-progress calls for service. Riverside County is the 4th most populous of California’s 58 counties, and the 10th most populous county with the nation.

Some notes:

There are a number of factors that may be attributable to increases in Riverside County crime.  The rise in aggravated assaults, may well be attributed to the increase in assaults related to Domestic Violence.  Incidents related to spousal assaults were up markedly.  Overall, almost half of all reported aggravated assaults in unincorporated Riverside County involved domestic or spousal violence.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a long history of collaboration with all responsive agencies when it comes to the application of domestic violence resources.  Our investigative bureaus across the county have designated Domestic Violence Threat Management (DVTM) trained investigators focusing on reviewing of domestic violence reports to identify training or follow-up needs, identifying subjects likely to commit repeated acts of domestic violence, participating in multi-agency collaborative countywide threat management teams, handling high-profile or threat management domestic violence incidents, and mentoring deputies to improve initial and follow-up domestic violence investigations.  All of this is focused on supporting the victim, stopping the behavior, and breaking the cycle of violence.

The Department also works closely with the Family Justice Courts, the District Attorney and their Victim Witness advocates, the SAFE team, and support organizations such as ‘Shelter from the Storm’ and the ‘Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center’ to assist with restraining orders, group sessions, safety plans, and individual victim needs such as food and gas vouchers, along with a number of other Crime Victim Assistance programs.  The Department also recently received a three year grant from the “Office of Violence against Women” to continue to improve the criminal justice response to sexual, domestic, dating, and stalking violence against women.

Auto theft is an area where Riverside County has also seen increases.  The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) notes that auto theft is on the rise all across the United States, yet there is no identifiable reason.  Washington, California, Nevada, and New Mexico are among the top five states for auto theft.  Riverside County mirrors the national trend, in that the Honda Accord and Civic, Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado trucks, and the Toyota Camry are among the vehicles most at risk for theft.

An additional area of note is the category of larceny-theft.  Within this category, thefts from vehicles and shoplifting had significant increases.  A likely reason for the increase in thefts from vehicles is related to identity thefts.  We attribute this, because wallets, purses, and mail items were frequently reported as being taken from targeted vehicles.  In the aftermath of the implementation of Prop 47 we have seen a sharp increase in shoplifting.  Shoplifting incidents, previously charged as felonious theft or commercial burglary, which could result in prison sentences, have been reduced to misdemeanors and as such the consequence of incarceration is remote.  It could be pointed out that due to Prop 47, the consequence of criminal behavior is more heavily being borne by the crime victim.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s jail leadership has been on the cutting-edge in working closely with the District Attorney’s Office, the Probation Department, and other jail systems statewide in alternative sentencing programs and in developing assessment tools and training programs to address local inmate recidivism pursuant to AB 109 Realignment in 2011.  The Sheriff and local police chiefs across Riverside County maintain close coordination and teamwork in using regional teams, task forces, community partnerships, and multi-disciplinary approaches in confronting our crime problems and the impacts of AB 109 Realignment.

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Mail Theft on the Rise

Photo courtesy of Google Images

Photo courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.

Many local police departments have recently experienced an unusual number of calls for service regarding the theft of U.S. mail.  Police always attempt to identify suspects involved in such thefts and to recover the property stolen from its citizens.  Postal inspectors across the country also work hard to protect your mail, but with more than 100 million addresses for delivery, you can imagine the job can’t be done alone.

Criminal investigations of such thefts involve a multitude of resources to solve the crimes, but law enforcement also relies heavily on your participation to recover stolen mail and place closure on a case.  Knowing that, officers would like to suggest several steps you can take in deterring these thefts.

Here’s what you can do to protect your mail from thieves and, thereby; reduce the number of thefts:

  • Use the letter slots inside your post office for your mail or personally hand it to a letter carrier.
  • Don’t leave your mail in your mailbox overnight.  Pick it up promptly after delivery.    If you’re expecting checks, credit cards or other negotiable items, ask a friend or neighbor you trust to retrieve your mail.
  • If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately, without delay.
  • If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business through the U.S. mail.
  • Don’t send cash in the mail.
  • Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
  • Report all suspected mail thefts to the Sheriff’s Department and a Postal Inspector.
  • Consider starting a neighborhood watch program.  Exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted neighbors and friends, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (and homes).
  • Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.

If you witness a mail theft in progress, immediately contact your local police department and report the incident.  Afterwards, contact the Postal Inspectors at 877-846-2455.

 

Eastvale Unveils Its First Motor Officer

Photo by Emily Aguilar Eastvale's First Motor Officer with City officials at the Eastvale City Council meeting

Photo by Emily Aguilar
Eastvale’s First Motor Officer with City officials at the Eastvale City Council meeting

Courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
In June 2015, Eastvale City Council approved the creation of one motorcycle enforcement officer position.  In the months that followed, a BMW motorcycle was purchased and outfitted for police service, and Deputy Aaron Hallenbeck was selected as Eastvale’s first motor officer.  Hallenbeck started his patrol on Thursday, Nov. 12.

With the creation of the motor officer position, the Eastvale Traffic Team now consists of two community service officers, two deputy sheriff accident investigators, and one motor officer.  The Eastvale Police Department works closely with the city of Eastvale’s traffic engineers and Corona Norco Unified School District to ensure the roads in Eastvale are the safest possible.  This is accomplished through education, engineering, encouraging, and enforcement.

Through the review of collision data, roadway traffic volume counts, and community concerns, dates, times, and locations of enforcement are prioritized, as follows: school locations, areas where collisions occur most frequently, and areas where traffic complaints are received.

Public Safety Tips for Holiday Season

Courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public about some safety tips with all the entertainment and activities associated with the holiday season. It’s easy to overlook some personal safety practices when enjoying the holiday’s throughout the county.

 

Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind during the holiday season:

CAR SAFETY

Do not leave packages or valuables visible within your car. Always lock your doors and windows and don’t forget to set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

SHOPPING TRIPS

Always be aware of your surroundings. If shopping at night, go with a friend or family member.

SHOPPING WITH LITTLE ONES

Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping and never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.

PACKAGE DELIVERY

With the online shopping trend, more people are having packages stolen right off their front porch. If you are expecting a package, request signature confirmation or have a trusted neighbor hold the package for you!

GIFT PACKAGE DISPOSAL

Dispose of big gift boxes discreetly. Packaging for items such as TV’s, computers etc., should be broken down before disposing, do not let everyone see the wonderful gifts your family received during the holidays.

ANSWERING THE DOOR

Criminals can often try and scope out your home posing as a sales person or someone looking for charitable donations. Be cautious when talking to people whom you are unfamiliar with and do not let them in your home.

LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON

Leave outside lights on at night or set them on a timer. During the day, leave the radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

TRAVELING

If you are going away for the holidays, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Department is committed to public safety and wishes everyone joy and happiness during this holiday season. Citizens are encouraged to telephone the local law enforcement stations to report any suspicious activities, vehicles or persons.

Non-emergency concerns may be reported to the Eastvale Police Department by calling 951-776-1099 or, in an emergency, by calling 9-1-1.

 

Ask Deputy Myers – Holiday Shopping Safety

Deputy Myers

Deputy Myers

By Deanna Myers, Riverside County Sheriff Department

EASTVALE-With the holidays seemingly in full swing at most of your local retail shopping locations, it is important to think about how to keep yourself, your family, and your recently purchased goodies safe.

The following are some suggestions for your next big shopping trip.

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible and try to shop with a friend.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, if unavoidable. Carry it in your front pocket.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Avoid carrying a purse or wallet if possible; they are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • If you load your vehicle with purchased items and plan to continue shopping in the area, move your car, if a potential suspect has been watching you, they may wait for you to load your vehicle and walk to the next store, and when you return your items could be gone. Also, never leave packages in plain view, lock them up in your trunk.

Happy shopping, Eastvale!

Deanna Myers is the Volunteer and Programs Coordinator for the Jurupa Valley Station of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that services the Eastvale Police Department.  She has been with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for about eight years, and most recently was assigned to patrol within the City of Eastvale before moving into her current position where she is in charge of the Neighborhood Watch program for the City of Eastvale.

Eastvale: Ask Deputy Myers

By Deanna Myers

Deputy Myers

Deputy Myers

Q:  Dear Deputy Myers:  How can I start or join a Neighborhood Watch in my own vicinity?

A:  This question has been a popular one since our National Night Out event held at the Eastvale Gateway on Aug. 11.  There are six basic steps to getting a neighborhood watch program started within your community.

Step 1:  Create Awareness – Start a buzz in the neighborhood about keeping it safe. Many neighbors nowadays, with all the modern technology, have started to disconnect from their neighbors. Communication starts with a wave and a smile, followed by starting to talk about your concern for continued safety within your community.

Step 2:  Organize Volunteers – Once you have started a buzz, neighbors often begin sharing their personal information to become more involved. Gather their information and set up a neighborhood meeting with them.

Step 3:  Coordinate with Law Enforcement – This is where I come in. I will provide a short power point presentation and activity for your neighbors. I will give them the tools they need to combat current issues in the neighborhood and keep those issues from returning.

Step 4:  Identify Concerns, Issues and Problems – Once the group has been formed and they have had time to think about the new tools they have been given, it’s time to discuss where the problems are in your neighborhood. It is best to prioritize the concerns of the volunteers so they can all get addressed in a timely manner.

Step 5:  Develop Strategies – Six heads are better than one. As your group comes together, you can start to come up with ways in which to deal with issues. Having additional people from different backgrounds that come with different resources can be invaluable in eradicating problems in your neighborhood.

Step 6:  Action Steps – Depending on the severity of the problems that arise in your neighborhood, there are several different ways to attack the issues. Planning activities such as clean-up days, neighborhood patrols, and joining social groups such as www.nextdoor.com, are just a few of the ways to bring your neighborhoods closer and keep people involved.

Deanna Myers is the Volunteer and Programs Coordinator for the Jurupa Valley Station of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that services the Eastvale Police Department.  She has been with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for about eight years, and most recently was assigned to patrol within the City of Eastvale before moving into her current position where she is in charge of the Neighborhood Watch program for the City.

 

If you would like to ask Deputy Myers a question for publication, submit your request via email to editor@anapr.com. Deputy Myers will make the selection from all those submitted each month.

 

Sheriff Approves Body Worn Cameras

City of Eastvale

Eastvale – Sheriff Stan Sniff has approved the fielding of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) throughout its patrol operations over the next few years, subject to county funding of the devices and storage.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has completed its field testing of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) in its patrol operations. Earlier this year the Department began “voluntary” field testing of the VieVu model BWC at its Jurupa Valley Station, deploying over 150 BWCs throughout the station’s patrol operations, including deputies, corporals, investigators, sergeants and community service officers (CSOs). The Sheriff had specified an initial test period of 60 to 90 days to determine what issues would arise in the Department’s first large scale fielding of these devices, to work through any issues that did arise, and for end-users to provide feedback on both their utility and cost-effectiveness. In addition, the Department researched and absorbed “lessons learned” and best practices from other agencies fielding various varieties of BWC technology.

Although the Department was prepared to continue testing, if required, for another 60 to 90 days, input from the Jurupa Valley chain of command has indicated they have learned what we needed to know, and recommended transition from voluntary testing of these devices to mandatory Department-wide use. The manufacturer has worked closely with the Sheriff’s Department in dealing with desired equipment modifications for problems encountered in the real-world testing and deployment of BWCs in our local patrol environment, under tactical conditions and used in our patrol vehicles. Our technology specialists have also been able to resolve issues concerning downloading and data storage to our satisfaction.

The Sheriff’s Department has refined its BWC procedures during the Jurupa Valley Station testing period, and the Department-wide document will replace the separate patrol station SOPs that have evolved over the last several years for this emerging technology. The Sheriff’s Department has notified County Human Resources that the decision on “mandatory” use in patrol operations has been made and the County remains open to meeting and conferring with the various labor groups on any foreseeable workplace impacts of that management decision.

The Jurupa Valley Station testing has validated that the known presence of BWCs has positively altered potential confrontations between deputies and the public, often gaining voluntary compliance by the public. Formal personnel complaints against our deputies at the Jurupa Valley Station during the testing period have declined 30%.

Based on the voluntary testing period input from the Jurupa Valley Station, the Sheriff has concurred that patrol deputies and other Department personnel utilizing BWCs shall continue to have discretion in deciding when to activate their cameras pursuant to the BWC policy guidance developed.

The Sheriff’s Department deeply appreciates the leadership efforts of our Jurupa Valley Station in fielding this BWC technology, paving the way for its use throughout our patrol operations over the next few years. In the interim, the Sheriff will continue to allow personal BWCs for on-duty use until full deployment of county-owned BWCs is completed. After full deployment occurs within patrol operations, only county-owned BWCs will be used.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will continue testing the potential usage of BWC technology throughout its operations outside of its patrol divisions, including Corrections and Courts, but the challenges and required stakeholder input will be somewhat different than in patrol operations.

The Sheriff will seek funding from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in Fiscal Year 2015/16, for a phased acquisition, training, and fielding plan of BWCs, initially throughout its patrol operations, and ultimately across its other specialized jail and court areas after preliminary testing and needed guidance from our judicial officers has been completed.

In addition, the Sheriff’s Department is submitting for the FY “2015 Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program” grant through the U.S. Department of Justice. If awarded, the grant will require a 50% in-kind match for the purchase of Body Worn Cameras, but excludes the cost of data storage. Ultimately, nearly 3,000 BWCs may someday be deployed throughout all of the Department’s massive operations across Riverside County.

 

Norco: DUI/ Driver’s License Checkpoint Nets 4 DUI Arrests

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Norco  – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Jurupa Valley Station/Norco Office conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on July 11, 2015, at Hamner Ave. and Commerce St., between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.  Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driver deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

Checkpoint results:

  • 598 Vehicles through the checkpoint
  • 549 Vehicles screened
  • 4 DUI suspects arrested
  • 7 Drivers arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed
  • 3 Drivers arrested for operating a vehicle on a suspended license
  • 2 Misdemeanor warrant arrests
  • 6 Vehicles towed

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Jurupa Valley Station/Norco Office will be conducting additional DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint throughout the year, in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

Details:

Norco, CA – The Norco Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on July 11, 2015, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

The deterrent effect of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, as well as checking drivers for proper licensing.  Motorists should only be slightly inconvenienced. Specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Recent statistics reveal 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had ingested one or more drugs.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Marijuana was the most prevalent drug, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving DUI driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of the arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.  The DUI arrest is public information and can expose the violator to a degree of public embarrassment.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Norco Sheriff’s Office by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “report drunk driver/call 911.”

2015 Fireworks Safety

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

 

Riverside County – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in cooperation with, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Code Enforcement and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors would like to remind the members of the public of the dangers of fireworks.

Avoid the Worst – Obey the Law and Put SAFETY First!

Public safety officials from the County of Riverside would like to ensure that all residents and visitors understand that fireworks are illegal in Riverside County; meaning that you may not sell, purchase, transport, store or use fireworks in the County of Riverside.

The cities of Blythe, Coachella, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs and Indio are the only cities which allow the sale and use of State Fire Marshal-approved “Safe and Sane” fireworks. Fireworks purchased in these cities shall not be transported, used or possessed outside of the cities in which they were purchased.

ALL fireworks, including sparklers are illegal in Riverside County. All fireworks are illegal because they cause serious injuries and very often, cause fires. Riverside County has very diverse terrain. The vegetation is very dry, and fireworks can easily start a brush fire.

Individuals who cause a wildfire by using illegal fireworks will be held responsible for all suppression costs and could be criminally prosecuted. These costs can run into the millions of dollars.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department law enforcement officers and Riverside County Code Enforcement aggressively enforce Riverside County Ordinance 858, as well as other laws pertaining to the sale, transport, manufacturing, storage and use of illegal fireworks.

In Riverside County protecting the safety of the public is a top priority and we enforce a “zero tolerance” policy with regard to citizens in possession of illegal fireworks. Those caught with illegal fireworks will be subject to fines, citations, arrest and confiscation of all illegal fireworks. We urge you to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

If you would like to report the use or sales of illegal fireworks within the County of Riverside please call 1-800-950-2444, or call one of the non-emergency phone numbers list at the right.

You may also report the use of illegal fireworks via the Fireworks Report (http://www.riversidesheriff.org/fireworks/) web form. This form will be available Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at 6:00 AM until Monday, July 6, 2015 at 6:00 AM.

Corona Bank Robber Gets Prison

Driver and accomplice gets State Prison sentence

Photo Courtesy:  Corona PD Patricia Cheree Smith, 26

Photo Courtesy: Corona PD
Patricia Cheree Smith, 26

By Claire Lewis

Riverside  – On Feb. 4, Paul Alfred Eugene Johnson, 59, and Patricia Cheree Smith, 26, both of Hemet, robbed the Pacific Premier Bank located at 102 E. Sixth Street in Corona.  Johnson threatened bank employees at gunpoint, and fled the scene with a large sum of money in a vehicle driven by Smith.

According to the Corona Police Department, Officers quickly intervened and located the vehicle, and a chase ensued into the city of Chino.  As Officers attempted a high risk enforcement stop, the vehicle stopped briefly nearly San Antonio and Bickmore avenues and the driver emerged.  That’s when things went from bad to worse.

The pursuit then continued with Johnson at the wheel.  He led Police to the 71 Freeway where he crashed off the side of the expressway.  As he exited the vehicle, he was struck multiple times by Police gunfire.  Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.

As Smith exited the vehicle in Chino, she was immediately contacted by Police where she declared she was the victim of a hijacking at the scene of the robbery by a man with a gun.  Further investigation by Corona Police Detectives revealed that Smith was an accomplice in the bank robbery.

On May 18, Smith appeared in Riverside Superior Court.  She pleaded guilty on three counts of armed robbery.  With three strikes, Smith was sentenced to State Prison.

Phone Call Scam Alert

Staff Reports

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Riverside It seems as if fraudulent phone calls are on the rise, and uninformed victims may find themselves short on funds and long on disappointment.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, criminals are impersonating law enforcement officials, utility company personnel, and even county court employees, making random calls and threats in an attempt to extort money.

In one scheme, a victim is told that they have an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for jury duty.  In another scheme, the caller threatens to shut off utilities for past due payment or the installation of a new meter.  The caller would demand payment via credit card or Green Dot card. The suspect would typically remain on the phone with the victim while the money is transferred.

While these suspects are very convincing, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Riverside Superior Court District make it very clear that they will never contact the public in such a way.

If you find yourself a victim of one of these calls, never, ever, provide any type of payment or personal information.  Tell the caller that you are going to contact the company they “represent” directly to resolve the situation.  If possible, write down any incoming numbers from your Caller ID (although many of today’s technologies can hide or scramble phone numbers) and as much information as possible.  Hang up and contact your local law enforcement.

To learn more information on phone scams please visit the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.ftc.gov.

Meet Captain Jason Horton

STAFF REPORTS

Captain Jason Horton (Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale)

Captain Jason Horton (Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale)

Eastvale – The Eastvale Police Department – in contract with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – is under the command of Captain Jason Horton, acting as Police Chief. The personnel under Horton’s command operate out of the Jurupa Valley Station, and they are dedicated to providing progressive, innovative and efficient public safety.

Horton began his law enforcement career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1989 as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, patrolling the communities now serviced by the Jurupa Valley Station. At the time, he was the youngest Reserve Deputy Sheriff to be hired in the history of the Department, at age 19.

Four years later, in 1993, Horton graduated from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Basic Academy, was hired as a full-time Deputy Sheriff. During the time Horton spent as a Deputy Sheriff, and subsequent promotions to the ranks of Senior Deputy Sheriff and Corporal, he held assignments in corrections and field operations. While assigned to patrol, Horton held collateral assignments as a Field Training Officer, Special Enforcement Team member, and School Resource Officer at Jurupa Valley High School. The majority of his field service time was spent patrolling communities within Jurupa Valley.

Horton was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2004. He worked as a sergeant for five years and was assigned to the jail, academy training unit, and patrol. In 2009, Horton was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the jail, patrol, and the Special Investigations Bureau. During this time, Horton was involved in transitioning three newly created contract cities from previous unincorporated county areas including Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, and Menifee. Each of these cities began with newly created teams of existing Sheriff’s personnel to provide law enforcement services to their jurisdictions. Horton was promoted to Captain in 2013 and is currently assigned to Jurupa Valley Patrol as the Station Commander.

Horton has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University San Bernardino in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Redlands in Management. Horton is a graduate of Class #214 of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Course (SLI), a leadership school for law enforcement sergeants throughout the state.

Horton is proud to be the fourth generational member of his family to serve in law enforcement, which started with his great-grandfather being a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the early 1900s, serving in the Yukon Territory. Horton’s father was also a member of the department, serving almost 30 years with much of it patrolling in the Jurupa Valley area. Horton is married, has four school-aged children, and resides in Riverside, California, where he has lived most of his life.

We are proud to have Captain Horton at the helm of the fine men and women that protect the City of Eastvale.

Eastvale: National Night Out

You won’t want to miss this year’s National Night Out on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. It’s a great opportunity to get acquainted with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, your neighbors, and the City’s Public Safety Commission.  This is a community event with activities and opportunities to learn more about the fight against crime in your neighborhood. The event will be held at the Eastvale Gateway Target Parking lot at 12471 Limonite Ave in Eastvale. Visit http://www.NNO.org for more information.

National Night Out

Inland Empire: Grant Assistance Program Awarded by California Alcoholic Beverage Control Fights Alcohol-Related Crime

CITY OF EASTVALE

 

Inland Empire – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $98,315.00 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for 2014-2015. The grant will help fund operations for a number of programs to battle alcohol-related crime, combat underage drinking, and educate licensees about alcoholic beverage laws. The grant will cover those cities serviced by the Jurupa Valley Station, Perris Station, and Thermal Station. Those cities include Canyon Lake, Coachella, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, La Quinta, Menifee, Norco, and Perris.

The grants strengthen local law enforcement efforts by combining the efforts of local police officers and ABC agents. ABC agents have expertise in alcoholic beverage laws and can help communities reduce alcohol-related problems.

The Grant Assistance Program was created in 1995 to strengthen partnerships between ABC and local law enforcement agencies. The program is designed to put bad operators out of business, keep alcohol away from minors and bring penalties such as fines, suspensions or revocations against businesses that violate laws.

The funds will be used to reduce the number of alcoholic beverage sales to minors and obviously intoxicated patrons, the illegal solicitations of alcohol and other criminal activities such as the sale and possession of illegal drugs.

Officers in each city will battle alcohol-related crime by conducting Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Decoy operations, Trapdoor operations, Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendency (IMPACT), and classes for licensees and their employees that are taught through ABC’s Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) program.

  • Minor Decoy operations are compliance checks in which teenagers, under the direct supervision of police officers, attempt to purchase alcohol from retail ABC licensees.
  • The Shoulder Tap program targets adults who purchase alcohol for minors on or around ABC licensed businesses. Minor decoys, under the direct supervision of police officers, approach and ask patrons of stores, bars or restaurants to buy them alcohol.
  • Trapdoor Operations involve officers, local ABC agents, and alcohol retailers working together to reduce underage access to alcohol by halting the use of false or stolen identifications.
  • The IMPACT program is to reduce alcohol related crime in and around ABC licensed premises through inspections.
  • The LEAD program provides practical information on serving alcoholic beverages safely and responsibly. It also helps teach methods of preventing illegal activity at ABC licensed establishments.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department looks forward to working with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control on this grant.

 

Thank You, Lt. Michael Yates

BY JENNIFER MADRIGAL

Eastvale – Lt. Michael Yates has been with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for almost 25 years. He has served as Eastvale’s Assistant Chief of Police for the last two years. With his tenure in Eastvale ending in July as he moves on to another assignment, we asked him to comment on his time taking care of our citizens.

According to Yates, the best part of serving Eastvale these last years has been actively pursuing crime, and the satisfaction that comes from taking the “bad guys” off the streets. “There is crime everywhere, in every city, and you can either turn your head the other way or go out there and find it. I have always tried to inspire my officers to bring me arrests and find the crime.”

With multiple traffic and safety saturations, 55 marijuana house closures, decoy programs, and making the City of Eastvale safer, Yates has done everything within his power to achieve his goals. His swan song for Eastvale was the second-degree murder arrest of the suspect that killed bicyclist, Troy Davids, in June. The Ghost Bike Memorial at the northeast corner of Hamner and Limonite avenues is not only a tribute to the life of Davids, but a reminder of the countless hours that Yates and his team invested to bring justice to this heartbreaking hit-and-run crime.

When asked what he wanted the community to know about the Eastvale Police Department, Yates replied, “Our officers are approachable and do care. They may not all come off as passionate as me, but they like working in the City because the residents are good people, and the officers enjoy being around them.”

We thank you for your service, Lt. Michael Yates, and wish you the very best in all of your future endeavors.