By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– In the annual State of the County presentation, Supervisor Robert Lovingood gave credit to Sheriff John McMahon and his Department for successes in fighting crime. And as revenues improve, Lovingood said he hopes to further strengthen the Sheriff’s Department. In the past couple of years, 25 deputies have been added to unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County, without increasing taxes.
“With Supervisor Lovingood’s help, we’ve been able to do a number of things in the High Desert: Add deputies to the unincorporated area, by doing some things creatively with overtime and managing our budget,” Sheriff McMahon told the capacity crowd at the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce event. “Filling some unfunded positions has had a huge impact, especially in the unincorporated areas.”
Supervisor Lovingood requested special County funding for the “Desert Guardian” crime sweeps, which so far arrested 74 people in the High Desert, seized several pounds of illegal narcotics and recovered stolen guns and cars. Sheriff McMahon also said that the Sheriff’s Department has been partnering with local cities to address homeless issues through the Sheriff’s HOPE Team. Last year, the HOPE team contacted 885 homeless people, found housing for 220 and arranged for services for another 430 homeless people, the Sheriff said.