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I am learning a lot about the Day-to-Day operations of the Sheriff’s Department that I never thought I’d learn about.
I’ve learned about “Yellow Days” – these are days employees are forced to work that would be their normal days off. Every mainline deputy at Jurupa Valley is getting two Yellow Days a pay period. This means, instead of 4 10-hour shifts a week, they are working 5.
However, most of the time deputies get held over and work 12-16 hours a day and are sometimes brought in for a 6th day due to the shattered morale, tons of people calling in sick and the number of employees that have left the department. I was also told that people call in sick, because that is the only way they don’t have to fill out some sort of stupid report (beyond the mass of reports they have to do).
By the way – people get fired for not doing their reports in a timely manner. When Christian Dekker was promoted, he was something like 50-70 reports behind. Again, the rules don’t apply to Stan’s favorites.
I was also told that at Jurupa valley, even Sergeants are getting Yellow Days. (One per pay period) Sergeants are also being pressed in to patrol duty in some cases as well.
Jurupa Valley manages two important contracts – Norco and Eastvale. Both jurisdictions are consistently not receiving the number of deputies they are paying for. I have been told that shifts are as much as 6 Deputies short.
In the Short term, the Jurupa Valley situation will get worse. 2 more deputies have “lateraled” out of the department. This is a big deal because they take a hit on their benefits to do it. Sometimes, you completely start over at the bottom of the rank scale as well. This is how badly people want to get out of the Riverside Sheriff’s Office.
Captain Daniel Hedge is the Captain of Jurupa Valley. He is rarely seen out of his office and does little or nothing to motivate his troops.
Then Sgt. now Lt. Christian Dekker worked at Jurupa Valley. As recently as July 4th, he was milking overtime doing as little as possible. Hedge did nothing about it.
Lt. Robert Rose, he of the road rage pull the gun on civilians incidents is at Jurupa Valley.
Lt. Kent Werges (who was at Jurupa previously) had Sgt. Brandy Swan sent to Moreno Valley as a result of her calling him out on his bad behavior. The resentments amongst the rank and file exist to this day as Swan is one of the few management level people that the rank and file really loved. But, hey Werges got to assert his authoritah.
When Kent Werges was not covering for the morally corrupt Sgt. Bob Epps – he was retaliating Stan Sniff Style. Not satisfied with getting Sgt. Swan transferred, he also saw to it that she could not come back and assist a deputy she trained in their attempt at a promotion. This would be like punishing the children of a mother. Given what is accepted as the norm in the Riverside Sheriff’s Office (especially against Spouses) Kent Werges’ outrageous behavior was likely encouraged by the “Second Floor”. (Sniff’s senior management)
Lastly – Lt. Mike Lujan was ripped off of the Detective Team and banished to Jurupa Valley to work patrol because of his support of Chad Bianco.
These stories repeat and only the names change. You will never see these in the Riverside Press-Enterprise because their editor is in the bag for Stan Sniff and has never disclosed his friendship with the Sheriff. Inexplicably, the Desert Sun decided to base their endorsement of Stan Sniff on Bianco not being agreeable or kissing their ring. Most all of the local TV Stations (with the exception of KMIR) are also in the bag for Stan Sniff.
I’ve been used to media corruption for years, I have come to rely on cheap shot stories against Republicans, stories engineered to smear the church, covering up bad news against democrats, but what we’ve seen in Riverside County on behalf of Stan Sniff is the Journalistic Malpractice equivalent of a felony. (And yes, they ignore felonies committed by members of team sniff as well)
It is time to fire Stan Sniff.