We’ve been using Captain Jason Huskey and the Palm Desert Station as a poster child for the fiscal disaster that is Stan Sniff’s legacy at the Riverside Sheriff’s Office.
We’ve detailed the disaster that is the Palm Desert Station featuring deputy comments about the equipment. It was relayed to us that after our first graphic, unedited expose’ on the Palm Desert Station that new computers are being brought in.
Rancho Mirage City Council Candidate Michael Harrington has been railing on the conditions at the Palm Desert Station and has even been threatened by Captain Jason Huskey because of his outspoken criticism of the state of the equipment there.
You will note that they are spending money on cosmetic improvements, but not on fixing the broken down vehicles or the broken equipment in the station. Going to Fry’s and getting a couple new computers does not count. Oh wait, they can’t go to Fry’s for Computers or to the local garage to get the cars fixed, they have to use the extremely overpriced county maintenance facility and procurement process! (More on that grotesque waste of taxpayer money soon)
Recently, I was alerted to a staffing surge coming out of the Palm Desert Station.
There are 3 beats in the City of Rancho Mirage – usually patrolled by 2 Deputies each. As of Friday 3/23/2018, there suddenly were 4 Deputies per beat, a Motorcycle Deputy, a School Resource Officer, and 2 Community Service Officers on the job.
Where has that been all along? Are they patrolling in the dilapidated cars?
Palm Desert Station has 5 Beats. All are now covered, despite the past practice of rotating coverage. Normally 3-4 Deputies are on Patrol supplemented by Mandatory Overtime.
Now – there are 5 Deputies on Patrol, Plus a a Roving Corporal, Plus 3 Motorcycle Cops, a K9 Unit, 2 School Resource Officers, 2 Community Resource Officers, plus one Special Enforcement Team Deputy.
However, there is no boost to the rural area which is the size of Rhode Island, it is still only patrolled by 2 deputies.
In a previous post, we lit up Captain Tripod over a caper where she realized she had 400 hours of overtime that had been billed and not used. The problem with public budgeting is that if you do not spend all of your money, you lose it. This practice is called “Baseline Budgeting” and encourages fraud and waste. Your next year budget is set based off of your current year’s usage… this furthers the spending addiction of government. It is possible that Captain Huskey and Sheriff Sniff are burning up unused overtime hours.
See the embedded text message from a deputy. BWC = Body Worn Cameras. Remember, we blasted Sheriff Stan Sniff for siding with the ACLU on immigration, sanctuary cities and body cameras. You will see that the equipment is malfunctioning. What would the ACLU say if they knew their vaunted Body Cameras were not working?
Jan Harnick is a Republican Candidate running for supervisor out in District 5 where Jerry Brown Appointed extreme left wing liberal democrat activist Manny Perez is running for his first election.
Harnick committed two fatal mistakes that show her judgement is impaired. Similar to so many I have met within the Republican “Cool Kids Table”, Harnick’s deep inner fear of rocking the boat has overtaken her judgement.
She was confronted with the state of affairs in the Palm Desert Station complete with all of the deputy comments about the disaster at Palm Desert Station. At a 3/5 Event, she said in public that the Palm Desert Station “Has the best training and equipment”. I write this again, she was told otherwise and presented with evidence, long before we had the photographs of the dilapidated vehicles. It is clear that Sniff ordered window dressing and ass-covering band-aids be put on the Palm Desert Station due to the scrutiny of the conditions there, but they exist system-wide within the Sheriff’s Office. However, Jan Harnick would have been able to see the truth had she bothered to look.
Despite claiming that she was not going to take a position in the Sheriff’s Race, she met with Sheriff Sniff for three hours (ostensibly about the budget) and came out of the meeting spouting his talking points.
It is easy to support the status quo. It is what I’ve been treated to repeatedly by Republican leadership.
I’d rather be tortured by ISIS than vote for a democrat, but I have very low expectations for Jan Harnick and doubt she has the courage to take out a hamburger from the drive-thru let alone the endemic corruption that has beset the Sheriff’s Department. If I had a vote in Riverside’s Sup D5, I don’t know what I’d do.
You won’t see articles like this about the real conditions under Stan Sniff’s leadership in the Desert Sun or the Riverside Press-Enterprise. You will here on RightonDaily.
Stay tuned, because the legacy of failure of Stan Sniff will continue to be exposed.
P.S. If Captain Huskey had any integrity, he’d retire and go in to his law practice full time. His performance is an embarrassment.