Supervisors OK ordinance regulating use of military gear by sheriff, DA

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, March 8, unanimously approved an ordinance intended to keep a tighter rein on military equipment acquisitions by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office.“It’s important to have all of our agencies take a uniform approach to this,” Joe DeGiudice, chief of investigations at the district attorney’s office, told the board. “This ensures our agencies are able to work interoperably. In the old days, we relied on the three ‘B’s’ – brawn, bats and bullets. Now we have these great many additional tools allowing us to keep us and the public safe.”Ordinance No. 970 was drafted in response to Assembly Bill 481, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September. The measure requires that
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