San Diego County Sheriff - February 2017
San Diego County Sheriff
Welcome to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Newsletter
Right now, inmates at the Las Colinas Women's Jail are learning valuable skills that will help them find work when they are released from custody. 
The Sheriff's Sewing Program is just one of many programs we offer to give inmates a second chance.
Many of you will be watching Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.  Sheriff's Deputies will spend Super Bowl Sunday patrolling our roadways for any sign of impaired drivers.
Don't drink and drive.  If you are arrested, you will go to jail.
I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter.   Stop by one of our many community events and say hello.  Thank you for your support!
Stay safe,

Bill Gore, Sheriff
San Diego County

Sheriff's Sewing Program

A difficult past landed them behind bars, but a job training program is helping inmates at Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee sew their way to a better future.

Click on the above video to see how the Sheriff's Sewing Program is also paying tribute to the ultimate sacrifice of deputies and officers killed in the line of duty across the nation. 

You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.

Women in the Sheriff's Sewing Program gain the skills, experience, knowledge, hope and independence to prepare them for work when they return to the community. 

The Sheriff's Department has partnered with HONORBANDS, a non-profit group that provides materials for the women in the sewing program to create mourning bands. 

The mourning bands are worn by deputies, officers and agents on their badges to pay tribute to their fallen comrades.  The mourning bands are worn until the fallen is laid to rest.

To learn more about HONORBANDS and the former police officers that founded the group, click here.

Super Bowl DUI Patrols

The Sheriff's Department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to keep impaired drivers off San Diego's roadways on Super Bowl Sunday.
Watch for increased DUI patrols by Sheriff's Deputies across the county beginning on Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m. and lasting through 5:00 a.m. the following day.
The Sheriff's Department's goal is simple: to remove impaired drivers from roadways and prevent crashes that can cause serious injury or death.
In 2016, more than 1,200 people were arrested for DUI by Sheriff's Deputies.  In 2015, the Sheriff's Department arrested 1,516 people for DUI. In 2014, deputies arrested 1,610 people for impaired driving.
The Sheriff's Department has these tips for a safe Super Bowl Sunday:
  • Plan a safe way home before the game begins
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home
  • If you're impaired, use a taxi, ride sharing service, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 9-1-1 immediately
Click on the above video to learn more about the high cost of drinking and driving.  You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.
Remember: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.  Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Preventing Car Theft 

 Car theft is a problem that can affect everyone.

Watch the above video featuring Sheriff Bill Gore to learn more about how law enforcement agencies are teaming up to protect you from auto theft.  You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.

Car burglary is one crime you can help us prevent. Here are some tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim:
  • Lock ALL of your doors, even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time.
  • CLOSE all your windows, no matter the weather.
  • Never leave your car running, even to dash in a store or if you forgot something at home.
  • Don't leave valuables in your car.
  • Park in busy, well-lit and well-travelled areas. 
Report ALL suspicious activity by calling the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200 .
To learn more about the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT), click here.

Wanted Fugitive 

Every month, the Sheriff's Department works with the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force (FTF) and Crime Stoppers to find and arrest people wanted for committing crimes. 

Be on the lookout for 30-year-old Chauncey Clark.  He is wanted on a felony warrant for criminal threats and contempt of court.  Clark also has prior convictions for domestic violence and sales of a controlled substance.

Clark stands 6' tall and weighs about 165 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes.  He is known to frequent Spring Valley, La Mesa and El Cajon.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Chauncey Clark is urged to call  Crime Stoppers . You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a felony arrest.  Call (888) 580-8477
To learn more about wanted fugitives in San Diego County, visit .  
Put A Star In Your Future
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is hiring.  
Recruitment for sworn positions opens during the first business day of each month.  If you have questions about the hiring process, you can chat with a Sheriff's recruiter on: 
Wednesday, March 1
10:00 a.m. to noon 
Follow us on Twitter@SDSheriff 
Just type your questions on our Twitter page and a recruiter is available to explain the application process to you. 
Are you ready to put a star in your future?  Visit
or email   
A Life Of Service
He received the Silver Star for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War's longest and bloodiest battle.    
Ken Pipes served 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, but instead of retiring he chose to volunteer for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.   

We want to thank Sheriff's Reserve Captain Pipes for his 26 years as a volunteer for our agency.  He retired in January.   

Click on the above video to learn more about Ken Pipes' amazing life and accomplishments while defending our country.  You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO 

We wish Ken Pipes nothing but the best in his retirement and future endeavors.   

To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Sheriff's Department, click here.

Volunteer Celebrates Milestone

The Sheriff's Department is grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who generously give their time, talents and dedication to helping keep our communities safe.
One volunteer who makes a huge difference is Bill Graul.  He just marked 30 years of volunteering for the Crime Lab.  Recently, Sheriff Bill Gore personally thanked Graul for his incredible service.
Click on the above video to see how Graul's talents help the Sheriff's Department solve crimes.  You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.
The Sheriff's Department salutes and thanks Bill Graul for his contributions to the Crime Lab.  To learn more about the Crime Lab, click here.

Stay Safe San Diego
Issue: 72
Sheriff Bill Gore
In This Issue
Sheriff's Sewing Program
Super Bowl DUI Patrols
Preventing Car Theft
Wanted Fugitive
Put A Star In Your Future
A Life Of Service
Volunteer Celebrates Milestone
Join Our Mailing List
Follow us on Twitter
View our videos on YouTube
President's Day
President_s Day
San Diego County Sheriff's Department Stations, Substations and Headquarters will be closed for a federal holiday on: 
Monday, February 20 
(in observance of
President's 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 or on-call.

Home  Burglary -
San Marcos    

Investigators from the San Marcos Sheriff's Station want your help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a home burglary in San Marcos.

Click on the above video to see if you recognize the suspect breaking into the home.  You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.

It happened around 10:00 a.m. on January 23rd at a home in the 3500 block of Grand Avenue in San Marcos.  As you can see in the video, the suspect forced his way into the house through a locked, side bedroom window after breaking the glass.
The suspect ransacked the home and stole jewelry.

The suspect is also believed to have burglarized another home in Escondido on January 11th.
If you have any information on the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.
Coffee Shop Robbery - Vista  
Do you recognize the man seen in the above video. He is wanted in connection with a robbery at a coffee shop in Vista.  
You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.
It happened on January 14th at the Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge in the 1600 block of South Melrose Drive.

The suspect was seen pacing around the coffee shop to check for other customers. When he saw the place was empty, he approached the barista and asked for a cup of water.
As the barista handed the water, the suspect pulled out a knife. He threatened the barista demanding cash from the register. T he employee complied and was not hurt. The suspect then ran out of the coffee shop.

If you have any information on the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.
Burglary Suspects - Alpine

Do you know the men  in the above surveillance video?  They are suspected in a burglary at a cigar store in Alpine.  

You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.
It happened on December 24, 2016 at Alpine Cigars located in the 1700 block of Alpine Boulevard.

As you can see in this video, the two suspects threw something through the store's front window.
Once they made their way inside, the men filled two large trash cans with about $8,000 worth of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

By the time they left the store, they had also caused about $4,200 in damage.

If you recognize the suspects or have information about this crime, call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at: (888) 580-8477
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.

   Coffee With The Community - Santee
Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The Santee Sheriff's Station is holding a Coffee with the Community on:

Tuesday, February 7
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Santee Library
9225 Carlton Hills Blvd., #17,
For a flyer, click here.
This gives the public a chance to chat with the Station's command staff, deputies, Crime Prevention Specialist and Senior Volunteers in a casual setting and exchange ideas and concerns over a cup of coffee.
Come out and make a positive difference in your community!
   Reading Day - Encinitas
  Reading is an important part of a child's life.  It teaches them everything from their A-B-C's to incredible stories filled with fun and wonder.
The North Coastal Sheriff's Station invites children of all ages to attend a special "Reading Day" event on:
Wednesday, February 15
Reading starts at 10:00 a.m.
Barnes & Noble
1040 N. El Camino Real Drive,
For a flyer, click here.
A Sheriff's Deputy will read to children and teach them the importance of reading.
There will also be a Q&A with the deputy after story time.
Come out and join us for this family-friendly event!

  Ryan Keim, Media Relations Director

Melissa Aquino, Media Relations
Sammy Castanon, Media Relations 
San Diego County Sheriff's Department  

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