San Diego County Sheriff - January 2014
San Diego County Sheriff
Welcome to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Newsletter   

 

First, I want to wish you a happy, safe and healthy New Year. I would also like to take a moment to share our goals to continue to enhance our services to our community. 

 

Realignment went into effect in 2011, in response to a federal court order for California to reduce overcrowding in its prisons. It shifts responsibility for non-violent criminals from the state to local level by sending some offenders to county jails instead of prisons. 

 

To respond to the challenges of realignment, we have been at the forefront of Intelligence-Led Policing. It involves tracking known offenders and their associates. We then tie that information to actual crimes and devote our resources to high crime areas or hot spots. We are committed to continuing this strategy to provide the most vital information to our deputies on the streets. This e-newsletter highlights recent operations to address crime issues in our neighborhoods. 

 

True Crime Prevention is also about having people not commit the same crimes over and over again.  This year, one of our main goals is to keep inmates from circulating in and out of jail.  This e-newsletter showcases a baking program at the East Mesa Re-entry Facility to help convicted felons find a job once they are released from custody.  This is just one of the many job training programs we have in our detention facilities. 

 

One important thing hasn't changed.  The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has been "Keeping the Peace Since 1850."  We take that mission seriously and with your help we can make San Diego the safest urban county in the nation. 

 

Stay safe,

 

Bill Gore, Sheriff

San Diego County

Rising to the Challenge 

It's a chance for inmates to find a new start in life beyond the jail's locked doors.  Some inmates at the East Mesa Re-Entry Facility are baking a lot of dough and learning a potential job skill for when they get out. 
 
Inmates make bread for jail meals and pastries for events involving county agencies.  
 
The six-month-long culinary program focuses on commercial baking and pastry skills, as well as bread art. Inmates learn how to knead dough for mass production or a smaller scale such as a mom and pop shop or pizzeria. 
 
At the end of the program, inmates must pass a national sanitation exam.  They will also receive a certificate from Grossmont Adult School listing all their skills and the equipment they know how to use. 
 
The goal of the program is to help inmates acquire work experience that might help keep them out of jail in the future. Sheriff's Inmate Services Manager Robert Vander Kamp says: "If an inmate has a job, a way to earn a living when they get out, they might choose that rather than going back to a life of crime and coming back to jail."  
 
To see more photos of the amazing pastries and bread art from the culinary job training program, follow us on Like us on Facebook.  

Victim Notification 

She was raped, stalked, then shot and killed on her birthday. 20 years ago, no one ever told Mary Byron of Kentucky that her ex-boyfriend had been released from jail. She had no way of knowing she was ever in danger. Byron's tragic death changed the way victims are notified. 

If you are a victim, family member of a victim or a witness who testified against an offender, there is now a cell phone app that can send you alerts regarding the status of an offender.  The notification system is called VINE.  It stands for Victim Information and Notification Everyday. 
 
You can be notified by phone, email, text message, or TTY device (for the hearing impaired) 24 hours per day regarding release dates, escapes, captures, deaths, transfers and court appearances.  
 
This new app is available on both Apple and Android devices.  You can register to download the app by clicking here

Sexually Violent Predator Hearing

   
If you live in the East County, the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) has recommended the placement of a Sexually Violent Predator at 1138 Custer Road, Campo.  This address falls within the jurisdiction of the  Campo Sheriff's Substation. Douglas Ernest Badger served time in prison for sexually assaulting male hitchhikers. A public forum regarding the proposed placement will be held before it's finalized by the court. Comments will be accepted during a hearing on:
  
Friday, January 3
9:00 a.m.
Department 28, San Diego Superior Court
220 West Broadway, San Diego
  

The proposed placement location is the sole responsibility of the DSH. The nearest schools are Campo Elementary, Mountain Meadow High School and Potrero Elementary.

 

You can email public comments at sdsafe@sdsheriff.org. To get alerts when a sex offender moves in or out of your neighborhood, register your email address at www.sandiegocountysexoffenders.com.

Poway Home Burglaries
The Poway Sheriff's Station wants your help in tracking down two men wanted in connection with a string of home burglaries in Poway, Scripps Ranch, and Rancho Bernardo. 

Sheriff's Detectives say the two men you see in this surveillance video broke into ten homes between October to December 2013. They were seen using a black motorcycle and a silver car during the burglaries.  

They got into the homes through unlocked doors or windows.  In some cases, they broke a window to get inside.  Jewelry and other small items were stolen from the homes.  

If you recognize these men or have information about these burglaries, call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.  You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. 

Shut out burglars with these quick safety tips.  For more crime prevention tips, click here 
Sheriff's Most Wanted  
Wanted Fugitive Matthew Greene
Every month, the Sheriff's Department works with the Fugitive Task Force (FTF) and Crime Stoppers to find and arrest people wanted for committing crimes.  

Be on the lookout for Matthew Dwayne Greene.  He is wanted for sexually assaulting a minor.  Greene is also in violation of his probation and has a no bail warrant from Butte County, California. 

Greene is known to hang out in the City of San Diego, as well as the Riverside County area.  He should be considered ARMED and DANGEROUS.  If you see Greene, do not approach him.  

Anyone with information regarding Greene's whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.  Call (888) 580-8477

To print a flyer, click here.  To see other wanted fugitives visit www.sdsheriff.net/wanted. 
 
Home Repair Scam
Sometimes a scam artist will just show up at your door. The person will notice that your roof or another area of your house that is hard to check, needs repair.  
 
You will be pressured to accept an offer for a bargain price because of extra materials. You could also be tricked into signing a contract without disclosing all the charges. 
 
Don't fall for these tricks.  Don't do business with someone who comes to your door and do not let the person inside your home.  
 
Know the red flags of a home repair scam by watching a safety video from the Sheriff's Financial Crimes Unit.  Click on the image above or follow us on  View our videos on YouTube.
Issue: 35
Sheriff Bill Gore
In This Issue
Rising to the Challenge
Victim Notification
Sexually Violent Predator Hearing
Poway Home Burglaries
Sheriff's Most Wanted
Home Repair Scam
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Holiday Closures   
 
 
   
San Diego County Sheriff's Department Stations, Substations and Headquarters will be closed for the following holidays:
    
Wednesday  
January 1
(New Year's Day)
  
Monday
January 20
(Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  
All detention facilities will remain open.   The closure to the public of business offices will not impact deputies in the field or employees scheduled for on-call.

 

Chat with a Recruiter 
 
 
Open recruitment for Sheriff's Deputies resumes on the first business day of every month from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This means you can apply online at and register to take a written exam. 
  
The next open recruitment is on Thursday, January 2nd.  You can also chat with a recruiter on our social media pages. 

Thursday, January 2nd 
10:00 a.m. to noon  
Like us on Facebook 
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Follow us on Twitter @SdSheriff 

 

Just type your questions on our Facebook or Twitter pages and a recruiter is available to explain the hiring process to you.  
 
Are you ready to put a star in your future?  Join the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.   Visit

Operation Silent Night 
 

 

Sheriff's Deputies send a strong message to repeat offenders at an apartment complex in the East County.  Operation Silent Night  is a compliance check along East Bradley Avenue to ensure probationers are following the conditions of their release.  Ten people were arrested on various charges.  

 

This operation is an example of Intelligence-Led Policing at work.  It's about devoting resources to high crime areas or hot spots to address the concerns of our community.  

 

Click on the image above to watch a news feature about Operation Silent Night  or View our videos on YouTube

 

If you see something, say something.  Report suspicious activity by calling our non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200

One Sober Moment 

   
A reminder on New Year's Day and every day, DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER. 
 
Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drunk drivers during the holiday week. Keep in mind the following sober ride options:
 
 
 
 
 
Click on the image above to watch a new public safety video about drunk driving. It only takes one sober moment for you to realize you are not okay to drive.  You can also 
View our videos on YouTube.  

Remember, Driving Under the Influence, It's Just Not Worth It. 
 
Bank Robbery 
Solana Beach
  
  
The Sheriff's Department wants your help in identifying and locating a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Solana Beach.

It happened at the Citibank branch in the 700 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive on Friday, December 6th.   Detectives say the suspect gave the bank teller a demand note, claiming he had a weapon. He walked out of the bank after receiving the money. 

The suspect was seen wearing a dark baseball cap with white letters, a tan/beige long-sleeve pullover sweater with a collar zipper, dark pants and light-colored shoes.  For a bigger photo of the suspect, follow us Like us on Facebook.
 
If you recognize this man, call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 
(888) 580-8477.
You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. 

Gas Station Robbery

Vista     

 

 

The Vista Sheriff's Station wants your help in identifying and locating two people wanted in connection with a robbery and a string of car burglaries.  
 
It happened on December 3rd in the 100 block of North Emerald Drive.  
 
Two men walked into the convenience store of a Shell Gas Station.  One of them pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded "stuff." The clerk fought back, but the suspect punched him repeatedly in the face and hit him in the arm with a baseball bat.  
 
The suspects took off with gift cards and other items from the store.  
 
The two men are also suspected of burglarizing several cars in the area prior to the robbery.   
 
To see more photos of both suspects, follow us on Like us on Facebook
  
Anyone with  information about this case is urged to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 
You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. 

 

Keeping the Peace Since 1850

Stay Safe San Diego 

 

  Jan Caldwell, Public Affairs Director

Melissa Aquino, Public Affairs/Media Relations
San Diego County Sheriff's Department 

"Keeping the peace since 1850"