Sheriff Receives Board Nod to Continue Ops in National Forests

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors today approved an agreement between the sheriff’s department and the U.S. Forest Service for deputies to continue patrolling segments of the Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests, conducting drug interdiction and other operations.

The contract, which is retroactive to last Oct. 1 and expires Sept. 30, specifies that sheriff’s resources will be utilized on an as-needed basis, with total costs capped at $22,000.

Deputies from the Hemet and Lake Elsinore stations periodically will be called upon for special enforcement actions, confiscating marijuana grows in the forests, handling road closures and performing details during wildfires.

Sheriff’s personnel may also be tasked with coordinating security during events that attract large crowds, such as ”rock concerts, demonstrations and organizations’ rendezvous,” according to sheriff’s documents.

Patrols will be scheduled in various forest locations ”to make residents and visitors aware that law enforcement officers are in the vicinity,” according to the agreement, which is a continuation of previous compacts going back to July 2011.

Under the terms, the sheriff’s department will bill the USFS for all expenses incurred. The hourly rate for use of a deputy, including equipment and benefits, will be $101.35.

About one-third of the San Bernardino National Forest, and a smaller portion of the Cleveland National Forest, extend into Riverside County.


Sheriff Seeks Board OK to Continue Ops in National Forests

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors are expected today to approve an agreement between the sheriff’s department and the U.S. Forest Service to have deputies patrol segments of the Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests, conducting drug interdiction and other operations.

The contract, which is retroactive to last Oct. 1 and expires Sept. 30, specifies that sheriff’s resources will be utilized on an as-needed basis, with costs capped at $22,000.

According to sheriff’s documents, deputies from the Hemet and Lake Elsinore stations periodically will be called upon for special enforcement actions, confiscating marijuana grows in the forests, handling road closures and performing details during wildfires.

Sheriff’s personnel may also be tasked with coordinating security during events that attract large crowds, such as ”rock concerts, demonstrations and organizations’ rendezvous,” documents stated.

Patrols will be scheduled in various forest locations ”to make residents and visitors aware that law enforcement officers are in the vicinity,” according to the agreement, which is a continuation of previous compacts going back to July 2011.

Under the terms, the sheriff’s department will bill the USFS for all expenses incurred. The hourly rate for use of a deputy, including equipment and benefits, will be $101.35.

About one-third of the San Bernardino National Forest and a smaller portion of the Cleveland National Forest extend into Riverside County.

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