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!

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Animal Shelter Temporary Staff Shortage

Due to a temporary shortage of staffing at the Inyo County Animal Shelter the public is being asked to please call the main office before making the trip to the Big Pine Animal Shelter.  The phone number for the public is
760-938-2715.  The Animal Shelter is hoping to fully staffed by March 21st.   Thank you!

Very Informative Unified Command Meeting Today!

Unified Command is a quarterly meeting, organized by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, which includes first responders and emergency managers in lnyo and Mono allied agencies, County and City of Bishop department leaders, volunteer organizations (fire departments, amateur radio, Red Cross), local Tribe leaders, Region 6 representatives (from San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office and San Diego Sheriff’s Office), as well as State representation by Cal OES, and Cal FIRE.

Today, recent (local) seismic activity was discussed by USGS, including the cluster of small earthquakes in the Mammoth area during the month of February.  The Department of Water and Power discussed current drought conditions.   As many of you know the Inyo County Board of Supervisors, acting on Governor Brown’s Proclamation of a State of Emergency regarding California’s drought, approved a Resolution Proclaiming a Local Drought Emergency.  Information for Inyo County’s drought impacted businesses and residents (including SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and USDA’s Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants) can be found at the Inyo County website: http://www.inyocounty.us/OES/Drought.pdf.

Also on the agenda was a reminder from Cal FIRE of the current fire danger – which has been exacerbated by California’s drought conditions.  For tips on fire safety, please check out http://www.calfire.ca.gov/.  “One less spark means one less wildfire.”

The meeting closed with a presentation by Bishop Amateur Radio Club (BARC).   BARC provides emergency communication “when everything else fails”.   The BARC group is also utilized during Inyo County’s disaster drills – we are lucky to have such a dedicated group of volunteers available to assist in disasters and emergencies!

-Sheriff Lutze