May 262018

What If I told you that there is an unspoken rule in Riverside County that deputies are not supposed to pursue suspects on to local Indian reservations?

See the text message exchange between officers that were told to let a suspect get away. In this particular case the tribal security people managed to apprehend the suspect…

This is not an uncommon occurrence at all as I’ve been told several similar stories. Then there is this one in a local city, apparently letting bad guys get away is a county-wide problem on Sniff’s watch:

…I tackled an attempted murder suspect off a dirt bike that was running from xxx pd. They suspect just shot the homeowner 5 times and was still armed with his gun. I was told by a corporal not to respond when the allied agency asked for help. And when I found the suspect I was told not to pursue by a sgt. I am not that guy I went anyways and chased him and jumped out tackled him and retrieved the gun that was still in his back pocket. From the top down their all scared to be cops.

It is every man for himself in Riverside County. Remember, we’ve written about the spiraling crime rate, so these stories inform us as to why it is happening.

Then we have other issues, such as favoritism being displayed to towing companies. Remember, Towing companies can make lots of money off of law enforcement contracts.

Then we have the well-known case of a cheating scandal on advancement exams, Note, once again people worried about being identified. What is central in this cheating scandal is Jason Gxxx being promoted, as his wife is a $120k a year administrative assistant to the Sheriff. The correspondence I got continues:

(Source deleted) …150 deputies were caught up in it. Because of the scope of it, admin stopped the Investigators from identifying more and told them to only investigate the ten worst offenders. All offenders were given 16 hours of discipline including one who was caught outright lying, normally a firing offense. Included in this group was a Deputy named Jason Gxxx. Gxxx is married to (XX), Sniff’s $120k a year secretary. Not only was Gxxx allowed to stay on the promotion list, he was promoted to the very rank he cheated to get in November. The promotion list just came out for this last testing cycle, and Gxxx finished very high on the Sergeants list and will likely promote to that rank.
Are you getting a flavor for why the rank and file are acting like abuse victims? Here is a re-post of a comment (unedited) on a recent blog about intimidation and retaliation:
I’m currently a retired Investigator from the Sheriffs Department of 30 years. I helped Chad Bianco when he ran agains Sniff in 2014 and I was very vocal about it. I posted several comments supporting Bianco on my Facebook account and they were clearly monitored. I was told by supervisors and co-workers I was doing career suicide and I was blind. I thought nothing would happen to me, I had a great career and had never been disaplened in my 30 years. I was wrong, a few months after the election my Sgt and Lt came into my office and told me I was being transferred to the jail. The jail Investigator position was routinely used for newly promoted Inveatigators or if an employee was being punished. To my knowledge I have never seen a Investigator in good standings and with as much training in child crimes along with others be placed I tithe jail. All my training went to waist. Thousand of dollars of training went to waste to punish me and it was absolutely because I publicly helped Bianco with his campaign. I retired earlier then I was planning but I couldn’t take working for a Sheriff that was so vendictive and could care less about his employees.
All this and more than one deputy / county employee has told me about the Thermal Station caper where Several Thousand Cases were literally laying on tables and desks and had not been prosecuted, referred, re-investigated, etc. Many of the criminals got away with their crimes because the statute of limitations expired by the time people sent there TDY had been able to review them.
Last but not least is the case of Sgt/Lt/Captain Coby Wxxx. She is now severely disabled after an accident. She should have been medically retired where she’d have received really good compensation and lifetime benefits. Instead, she has been promoted twice while not being able to stand without a cane and can not fire a weapon unless seated. Think of this from the paradigm of law enforcement and the needs of a Captain to be reasonably mobile. Instead of paying two officers what she is being paid, there she sits growing her pension while unable to perform the usual duties of a captain. Worse, according to stories, she has been an instrument of Sheriff Sniff’s revenge against the disloyal. Again, this sort of personnel decision furthers the resentment and further decimates morale.
Don’t forget – there is a hiring freeze. This means the taxpayers are paying 150% of the normal hourly rate for hundreds if not thousands of hours of police work AND the cops themselves are routinely forced to work 16 hour shifts because of the extremely high rate of people calling in sick.
If anyone reading has any further information on these stories or similar stories please reach out to us, we are on facebook and YOU CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS. Thank you… to be continued…
P.S. The sources for the information in this post are known to this blogger. They wished (for the most part) to remain anonymous. They are current and former employees of the Sheriff’s Department in Riverside County

  2 Responses to “Weekend Update: Here’s a gem from right as we began to unfold the truth in Stan Sniff’s Riverside Sheriff’s Office”

  1. Most anyone who lives in the San Jacinto Valley/Hemet area know the story of RSD deputies responding onto Soboba tribal reservation in 2008 where two tribe members were shot and killed in a shoot-out. In this incident RSD went overboard in bringing in swat and numerous deputies to chase the two men deep into the hillside as no one had been injured by the two alleged gang members, they shot up an unoccupied guard bldg.

    The Tribe claims RSD operates on the rule of shoot and ask questions later and feel the commander (Top Brass) giving orders at that time was at fault. Tribe members feel that RSD is overstepping their authority and retaliating against the tribe for canceling their contract with RSD.

    The Soboba/Luiseno tribe also filed a formal federal complaint against RSD in 2016 for invading the reservation in the search for missing J. Salgado Jr. RS deputies, at Top Brass command, overtook the tribe’s administrative bldg without tribal consent and forced employees to download hundreds of hours of video surveillance. Did RSD have something to hide?

    At that time, District Supe Jeff Stone was in bed with Sniffles big time. The fly in the ointment for Stone was that the Soboba Indians were large contributors to Stone’s and friends re-elections and his run for senate.

    RSD tried to shut down the Soboba casino, resulting in the Tribe ultimately blocking RSD from ever entering onto their reservation.

    Sniff clearly likes to run his department like this is the old west. “Shoot first, and ask questions later.” Native American Indian lives don’t matter to Snifgles unless they’re contributing to his re-up for Sheriff.

    While we know Sniffles (and gang) think they own Riverside, and Sniffles consistently over steps his authority, and spending, cheating, manhandling women, etc…anyone stupid enough to cross the lines with Indian tribes ….well, maybe we can hope one of the local tribes take out Sniffles and the county can recover.

  2. Ok I’m all about showing the world Sniff is a piece of shit, but let’s not get out of reality here. On that rez, deps aren’t the ones shooting first. Shady politics may be in play, but the gunfights are as real as it gets out there.

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