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Tips From Deputy Myers

Dear Deputy Myers:

How can I become more involved with my community and the Sheriff’s Department?

Did you know the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has numerous volunteers that assist the department with many different aspects of their day to day operations?  It’s true, and there are hundreds of volunteers department wide that are vital to assisting the department in various ways. Being the volunteer coordinator, as well as many other things, I get to see just how valuable the volunteers are to us every day! I directly supervise the Explorers, Mounted Posse, and Citizen Volunteer Patrol.

Not everyone can be an Explorer (due to age restrictions), and not everyone can be a member of the volunteer Mounted Posse (due to not having interest in horses), but nearly anyone over the age of 18 can be a Citizen Volunteer. The Citizen Volunteer Patrol meets once a month (the fourth Wednesday of every month) at 700pm at the Jurupa Valley Station. They have the opportunity to work hand in hand with deputies on patrol, assist with major incidents, DUI checkpoints, provide an added level of eyes and ears on the streets, logistics, and assist with community events (just to name a few). The station Volunteer Citizen Patrol helps in the contract cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, and the outer lying unincorporated county areas. The Volunteers are a vital part of operations throughout the department.

If being a volunteer sounds like something that may interest you and you have the extra time, please come out to one of our meetings, learn about our program, meet some of our current volunteers, and possibly pick up a background packet to get started in something that can provide you with free training and a sense of community.

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 nine 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.

 

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EV - Deputy Myers.jpgDear Deputy Myers:

Bicycle/Skateboard Helmet requirements…what is the law?

The California Vehicle Code  Section 21212, which pertains to helmet laws, is as follows: (a) A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard, nor shall they wear in-line or roller skates, nor ride upon a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, or any other public bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of either the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), or standards subsequently established by those entities. This requirement also applies to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.

Did you know every year in California alone, over 100 people are killed and thousands are injured in bicycle collisions? All too often these injuries are head related and could have been prevented. Where there is a responsibility on both the bicyclist and the motorist to maintain control and stay alert, the devastating injuries could be prevented by just wearing a helmet.

As the operator of the bicycle/skateboard and being under the age of 18, it is your responsibility to not only wear your helmet, but to also wear it properly. Consult the packaging of the helmet or your local first responder for assistance if you are unsure. Also consider taking a bicycle safety course to learn the proper hand signals to effectively communicate your intentions to other drivers on the road. Know that wearing a properly fitting helmet is the law and you could be cited for not wearing one. Don’t get caught without it!

There are four basic safety tips to follow when operating a bicycle or skateboard while on the street or in an enclosed skate park. 1) Maintain control of your bicycle/skateboard; 2) Protect yourself – Always wear your helmet; 3) Be visible, alert, and communicate your intentions clearly; and lastly 4) Ride with traffic. We at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department are committed to your safety and encourage you to continue to keep yourself and your families safe.

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 nine 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.

 

Tips from Deputy Myers

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Dear Deputy Myers:

Holiday time safety reminders…

 

During the holidays we often travel or spend several hours away from our homes shopping and visiting loved ones. While you are away, keep some simple tips in mind to keep your household safe in your absence. It all starts with the simple stuff such as locking your doors and windows as well as setting your house alarm if you have one. Then there are a few extra things to keep in mind, close blinds or window coverings and keep gifts out of view from windows so as not to entice would be criminals into your home.

 

While you are enjoying the company of friends and family at your home, there are a few things to remember about unannounced visitors. Criminals can pose as couriers delivering gifts to try and get you to open the door. There are also those that try and prey upon the giving season and go door to door looking for donations for charities that do not actually exist. In this case I have a few suggestions, make sure to ask for identification and find out what the funds will be used for or don’t give to individuals at all. That doesn’t mean don’t give to legitimate charities, by all means please do, but do it on your terms to organizations that you choose on your terms.

 

Holiday time is also a great opportunity to take the time to inventory your home. Whether you decide to video the items in your home, take photos, or write lists of items with serial numbers; it is a good time to make note of your valuables. This list can be used in the future to amend insurance policies, to make sure everything is covered in the event of a loss, or just to have peace of mind knowing what items you have. We never wish that you become a victim of theft or damage, but it makes recovering items or replacing items much easier if you know what you had to begin with.

 

Lastly, after all the unwrapping of gifts, we tend to take large item boxes and just shove them in a recycling bin or trash can. This can be a huge flag to criminals letting them know exactly what is now inside your home. Take the extra time to break down boxes completely and place them in garbage bags so they are not easily seen inside your trash bins. Some criminals have been known to check out your garbage to see what you have and then target your home for those items a few days or weeks later. Ultimately, we at the Sheriff’s Department wish you the very best this holiday season and want you to be safe and informed.

 

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.

 

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Dear Deputy Myers:

How can I start or join a Neighborhood Watch near my home?

With all the exceptional growth in population to Eastvale lately, I thought it would be a great time to re-visit neighborhood watch. Law Enforcement is not the ONLY form of protection for your homes and neighbors. YOU are the first defense when it comes to protecting where you live. 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. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING!

 

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.

 

Tips From Deputy Myers

Deputy Myers

Deputy Myers

Dear Deputy Myers:

Keep your purchases and packages safe…

With holiday time fast approaching, many people will be starting to get a jump on their shopping both at retail stores and through online ordering and delivery. There are several ways to keep your packages and yourself safe when shopping.

When you venture out to your nearby retail stores and are possibly stopping at several establishments in the same shopping center, keep the following things in mind. 1) Do not leave any valuables in plain view of someone that may walk by your vehicle, thieves often break into vehicles where they can see an item of value and know it will be easily accessible. 2) If you want to place valuables in the trunk, do so before you arrive at your shopping destination, thieves often watch to see people place valuables in trunks or in the rear of the vehicle prior to going into an establishment to shop so they can break into the vehicle and grab the item before you return. 3) Move your vehicle between purchases, if you plan on purchasing items from several different stores, move your vehicle after every purchase; this way a thief thinks you have left the shopping center with your packages and will move on to the easier target for theft or leave altogether.

If you have ordered online and are receiving deliveries to your home, take some precautions to protect your investment. 1) When ordering, make a request for a signature when the delivery person drops off the package, usually a free service. 2) Give instructions to place the item in a certain location, i.e. behind a locked gate or behind a security screen door. 3) Utilize one of the several new locker locations that are popping up all over. 4) Have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your package for you if you can’t get to it right away.

All in all, enjoy your holiday shopping and outings with family and friends this season, stay safe 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.

 

Tips From Deputy Meyers

Dear Deputy Myers:

How can I become more involved with my community and the Sheriff’s Department?

Did you know the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has numerous volunteers that assist the department with many different aspects of their day to day operations?  It’s true, and there are hundreds of volunteers department wide that are vital to assisting the department in various ways. Being the volunteer coordinator, as well as many other things, I get to see just how valuable the volunteers are to us every day! I directly supervise the Explorers, Mounted Posse, and Citizen Volunteer Patrol.

Not everyone can be an Explorer (due to age restrictions), and not everyone can be a member of the volunteer Mounted Posse (due to not having a horse), but nearly anyone over the age of 18 can be a Citizen Volunteer. The Citizen Volunteer Patrol meets once a month (the fourth Wednesday of every month) at 630pm at the Jurupa Valley Station. They have the opportunity to work hand in hand with deputies on patrol, assist with major incidents, DUI checkpoints, provide an added level of eyes and ears on the streets, logistics, and assist with community events (just to name a few). The station Volunteer Citizen Patrol helps in the contract cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, and the outer lying unincorporated county areas.

If this sounds like something that may interest you and you have the extra time, please come out to one of our meetings, learn about our program, meet some of our current volunteers, and possibly pick up a background packet to get started in something that can provide you with training and a sense of community.

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 nine 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.