Just how deep is the cronyism in the Riverside Sheriff’s Office?
Once known as the most coveted team in the department with the highest standards, now apparently welcomes anyone who puts on the uniform, that is as long as you’re amongst the Sniff favorites. RSO’s SWAT team was operating for decades without a single K-9 on the team and after coming to his senses, Sniff decided to add four of his experienced K-9 deputies to his SWAT team. This was under one stipulation, those four K-9 deputies, MUST pass all the same SWAT standards and qualifications as every other SWAT member. But that didn’t happen.
Anyone who has ever worked with Jurupa Valley K-9 Handler, Heath Noyes, will tell you that he rides the leg of anyone wearing brass. His butt-kissing ability is his best talent and he’s obviously a pro at it. Often bragging about how he refers to Chief Deputies and “Stan” on a first name basis and calls their personal cell phones at any time. It was no surprise when Deputy Noyes was informed that he was one of the four K-9 deputies chosen to be a SWAT K-9.
Deputy Noyes was also informed that he would have to attend the bi-annual SWAT tryouts with the other deputies aspiring to be on the SWAT team. However, Deputy Noyes already had his spot on the team reserved, all he had to do was pass the minimum shooting and physical fitness qualifications. Similar to many of Stan Sniff’s cronies, Noyes was not up to the task.
Not only did Deputy Noyes fail the physical fitness qualification, he fell out during the run and left the training center in an ambulance. Yes, that’s right. Deputy Noyes had well over 6 months to prepare for this physical fitness qualification; however, he spent those 6 months sitting on his ass eating bon-bons watching movies. The SWAT Team qualification is not as extreme as it sounds based on the performance (or lack of) by Deputy Noyes. What caused Noyes to end up in a meat wagon? He #EPICFAILED in an attempt to complete a mere 1.5 mile run in 12 minutes.
When Deputy Noyes failed the qualification it was not a major deal as every SWAT tryout has deputies that do not pass. Those deputies are welcome to attend future tryouts. What is a big deal is that Deputy Noyes was still permitted to attend the SWAT academy and graduate WITHOUT passing the physical fitness test.
Our sources inside RSO SWAT insist that this is the first time in the history of the RSO SWAT team that a deputy has attended (let alone graduated) the SWAT academy without passing the physical fitness qualification. Furthermore, this was so shocking to the SWAT team that the SWAT commander, Captain Feltenberger, addressed his team as group stating that he was ordered by Chief Deputy Lyndon Raymond “The Executioner” Wood to allow Deputy Noyes to attend the SWAT academy regardless of his embarrassing tryout!
And you wonder why morale is in the tank?
With morale at an all time low department-wide , Sniff smears the faces of every deputy who’s ever been in the SWAT team. This also opens the door to RSA grievances (and employment practices lawsuits) for deputies who not only passed the tryout (as not all deputies who pass are welcomed to attend the academy) but also to deputies that did not pass the SWAT tryout.
Perhaps this is why someone came forward to your intrepid blogger. Can you blame these other deputies who were turned away even after passing everything, yet a Sniff favorite gets to attend after he failed the minimum qualifications?
This sounds like a prime example of making the county civilly liable (on many different levels) for nothing more than Stan Sniff favoritism.
Bonus – Noyes is fond of bragging that everyone on the SWAT and K-9 Team that is not a Stan Sniff Boot-Licker is going to lose their assignment if Sniff is re-elected. (speaking of things you will never see in the Press-Enterprise or the Desert Sun) Add it to the list. AND – he was featured in the now infamous “James Bond” video
that Stan Sniff had made at an unknown cost to the taxpayers.
P.S. I have been told by sources that Sniff has had Admin Block RightonDaily.com from department computers through an internet block protocol. Looks like people are using their phones because the traffic continues to shatter records.