VFW Wounded Warriors

On Monday, May 12th, 2014 we were visited by the Wounded Warriors from the Long Beach Veterans Hospital. The Warriors belong to a special group called, “Project Healing Waters, Fly Fishing, Inc.,” which is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

The Warriors were welcomed with a dinner at the VFW building in Bishop, CA catered by Olga Rojas and her famous pork burritos.  Dessert was a patriotic flag cake, shown below, by Christian Ray.

The Warriors spent the next three days fly fishing and recreating in the Eastern Sierra before returning home.  A big “THANK YOU” to Project Healing Waters, Olga Rojas, Christian Ray and everyone else who helped out!

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Veteran’s Services Update

Just a quick heads up: The Veteran Service MONO Outreach Program will be observed Thursday, MAY 22, 2014; please schedule your appointment by Wednesday, May 21st. The Veteran Service S. INYO Outreach Program will be observed Thursday, MAY 29, 2014 at Department of Social Services (behind Southern Inyo Hospital); please schedule your appointment by Wednesday, May 28th.  All appointments can be made by calling 760-873-7850.  Also, there is a newly formed PTSD support group in Bishop.  Check out the flyer for more information: ptsd group

Helicopter Training

Inyo County Narcotic Enforcement Team members participate in short-haul helicopter training in the San Louis Obispo area May 1st and 2nd. Participants also included local agencies within California as well as federal agencies. The short-haul method is the safest and fastest way for law enforcement to enter and exit rural mountainous terrain during marijuana eradication and reclamation missions. For more photos – check out our Facebook page!

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OHV Advanced Training Class

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office recently held a two day advanced OHV training specifically for the Sheriff’s OHV Patrol and Enforcement Detail.  OHV patrol duties participated in classroom education as well hands-on instruction techniques for towing and recovering OHV’s that are stuck or inoperable.  The class wrapped up with an OHV patrol through the Coyote Flats area and an exercise on safely maneuvering OHVs through difficult terrain.    The Inyo County Sheriff’s OHV Enforcement Detail is made possible through the CA State Department of Parks and Recreation OHV Division grant opportunities.

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Every 15 Minutes Program

This afternoon Bishop Union High School students (along with the assistance from Inyo County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, Bishop Police Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department and Symons Ambulance Services) participated in the Every 15 Minutes Program.  The program is tailored specifically to high school students (juniors and seniors), with an overarching goal of creating a very real-life enactment of the effects of drinking and driving.

This year the demonstration involved a two vehicle collision.  CHP conducted a DUI investigation on the suspect, while other agencies assisted with medical treatment on the victims and traffic control.  Two students were critically injured resulting in one being flown out by CHP helicopter and another pronounced dead at the scene. The performance was a sobering reminder that drinking and driving do not mix.  Great job to all involved!

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April 23rd is Denim Day!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; as part of that effort April 23rd has been set aside as Denim Day.  The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans.  The Court infamously stated that, “It is common knowledge… that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them… and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.” This judgment became an international symbol of myth based injustice for sexual assault victims, and prompted world-wide outcry.

Denim Day is an outward example of how a community can help change people’s perceptions about violence against women, men, and children.  Please consider joining local non-profit organizations, government organizations, and others in wearing denim on April 23, 2014.

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Inmate Services

With the increase of inmates serving longer sentences due to state realignment, the Inyo County Jail (ICJ) is offering many more services for inmates so that time spent incarcerated is time spent working toward a new work skill or toward personal development.  Some of the services offered include: GED and Job Skill Training, Kid and Parent University, Moral Recognition Therapy Class, Toiyabe Indian Health Project Services, Alcoholics Anonymous, Mental Health Services, as well as faith-based services.  The staff at ICJ and the volunteers who assist in the programs really work hard to support the inmates with opportunities for self-improvement. The programs are a result of the collaborative effort of the Community Corrections Partnership (CCP).

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Crime Prevention Outreach

Recently the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist a local business in a review and assessment of their security system. The business was recently renovated, and along with that they wanted to make sure they were doing everything they could to maintain (or enhance) security measures.  After careful consideration of the layout and review of the current security system, which included video surveillance, the business was given constructive feedback.  Note to all businesses: never hesitate to contact local law enforcement to review your current security measures.  We are here to help!

Promotions

It’s with great pride that I announce the promotions of Eric Pritchard to Lieutenant, and Donny Carter to Sergeant. Eric began his career as a Correctional Officer with Inyo County in 1999 and in 2000 was hired as a Deputy Sheriff, where he promoted through the ranks. Eric will serve as the Jail/Administrative Services Commander. Donny began his career with Inyo County in 2006 as a Deputy Sheriff and promoted through the ranks from there. Donny will serve as one of two Operations Sergeants for the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. Congratulations to both!

-Sheriff Bill Lutze