Apr 122018

It is common knowledge that the Press-Enterprise is either in the bag for Sniff or they are afraid of him. In most of their articles, they relegate Chad Bianco to nothing more than a footprint and when they write about Hemet Dave Brown, they remind people of Dave Brown’s primary weakness (Chief of police in a warzone).

I had an archived article sent to me that is an extremely sad and frustrating time capsule.

Let’s take some excerpts so you can get a flavor of what has happened in the last 10 years.

He has been too busy visiting community groups and trying to rebuild a department, he says. In some eyes, the department was in tatters and weighed down by backroom politics when his predecessor, Bob Doyle, abruptly resigned to take a position on the state Parole Board. Supporters credit Sniff for boosting morale, making smart promotions, pushing jail expansion and improving recruitment and training.

Boosting Morale? Making Smart Promotions? Jail Expansion? Improving Recruitment and Training? Morale is in the tank, I’ve written about that repeatedly. I written ad nauseum about friend-of-stan-promotions, incompetent leadership and cheating on advancement exams. Jail expansion? That is laughable since sniff has spent the last several years threatening to leave the new jail empty. Recruitment and Training? You’ve read story after story about what happens in the training command, and Sgt. Bob Epps – he of the multiple alleged felonies is one of the leaders of the police academy!

Sniff said a priority has been to remove the “taint of politics” within the upper echelons of the department. In the previous administration, many executive staff members were involved in the sheriff’s campaigns and fundraising. That, Sniff said, can lead to questions of favoritism and the perception that promotions are based on whether you participate in that political network. No one in his administration is involved in campaigning and all promotions – he has overseen more than 200 – are merit-based, he said

Right now, according to multiple sources:  Jessica Gore, Eggplant (I don’t even know her damn name) and Sgt. Josh Adams (on a special assignment where he had to sign an NDA) are all campaigning on the clock. We’ve detailed Lyndon Raymond “The Executioner” Wood, Kevin Vest, Lenny Purvis and others either going to Chad Bianco events or chaperoning the Sheriff to public events. His administration has become hyper political and tyrannical as we’ve documented in spades.

Under Sniff, 25 percent fewer grievances have been filed, and the number that go to litigation has dropped 40 percent, said James Cunningham, executive director of the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association.

That’s because county admin and PSB retaliate against people that file. The settlements have indeed been larger as a result.

When he became sheriff, Sniff set out to recruit 1,500 deputies within three years. As of last week, the department had hired 490 deputies. About one-third will work in corrections

AS of today, 500+ deputies have quit, lateraled, retired and the like in just the last two years.

Sniff said he grappled over whether to reverse the department’s policy to withhold the identity of officers involved in shootings. The union doesn’t think the names of officers should be released

And of course, Sniff’s leftist tendencies were on display even in 2008. This led to several other anti-cop decisions by the sheriff that I can only describe as retaliatory.

  2 Responses to “Stan Sniff Update: A 2008 Article that did NOT age well”

  1. What’s important to know about Epps and this article is that the push to hire bodies as promised to the county by Sniff in 2008 resulted in Epps, then a Temecula Patrol Sgt, rushing unqualified and dangerous deputies through training to meet that demand from Sniff. Epps and one FTO almost got into a physical fight when the FTO refused to pass a deputy through his phase. The new Deputy then went on to make such repeated scary and harassing comments to women on calls/stops that he was ultimately fired. Something about the women were so hot, he wanted to drink their bath water. When the second floor stepped in to investigate how a predator made it through the training phases, the rumor is the training notes had conveniently disappeared. They would have likely shown Epps approving all phases completed over the objection of at least two FTO’s. Epps was rewarded for this loyalty to Sniff by finally getting transferred to command HDT. Sound familiar at all?
    Obviously he was the worst choice for that job based on your previous blog. As well as countless other instances of abusing his authority, taking equipment home to play with, and allowing civilians hands-on access to military grade technology in the hopes it could be reverse engineered to make Bob Epps richer. Epps’ recent attempt to conduct an internal affairs investigation on his own guy was so botched by Epps’ typical thick-headed arrogance and breathtaking ignorance, even the department had to admit they can’t do much.

    If Lt.Agnoletto had any smarts about him, Bob Epps would be a criminal defendant now.

  2. The troops morale is the absolute worst it has ever been. Sniff and his marionettes have all of a sudden been working feverishly at trying to pick up the pieces and hold them together with duct tape and bubble gum for the upcoming election. The past few months they were trying hard to get their little puppets to write award nominations for anyone and everyone (especially civilians). Trophies for everyone right before the election so that he can try to pack the auditorium and gather support for his campaign. Quite the politician he is, just another way of using taxpayers’ money for his own personal benefit. He has an angle for EVERYTHING he does and it’s always about benefiting himself. His little marionettes will run around doing whatever he tells them because they are spineless little jellyfish.


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