San Diego County Sheriff - January 2016
San Diego County Sheriff
Welcome to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Newsletter
As we begin a new year, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for supporting the Sheriff's Department. 
We rely on you to help us make San Diego County the safest urban county in the nation.  If you see something suspicious, say something.   Call 9-1-1 or the Sheriff's non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200. 
You can always stay up-to-date on what's happening in the Sheriff's Department by reading this newsletter.  You can also follow us on Twitter: @SDSheriff Follow us on Twitter or visit our website at  
Stay safe,

Bill Gore, Sheriff
San Diego County

Deputy Ken Collier Neighborhood Park 

He was killed while trying to protect the community he grew up and lived in.  Now, the memory of Sheriff's Deputy Ken Collier is being honored with a neighborhood park named in his honor.

On December 10th, the community came together for the grand opening of Deputy Ken Collier Community Park in Santee. 

The half-acre park, located along Via de Cristina, has a playground, half-court basketball court, outdoor exercise equipment, benches and a picnic area.  The City of Santee says the project's budget, including design and engineering, is $1.2 million with state and local grants helping to offset the cost.
Deputy Ken Collier was killed in a crash while trying to stop a wrong-way drunk driver on February 28, 2010. 

The Sheriff's Department is proud to honor the memory of Deputy Collier and his commitment to keep the community safe.  We campaign vigorously against drunk driving throughout the year.  We also walk in memory of Deputy Collier during the Walk Like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).

To learn more about Deputy Ken Collier and other fallen Sheriff's Deputies, click here.

Sheriff's K-9 Recovering

A Sheriff's K-9 is back on duty after being stabbed below his left eye.

Banjer was hurt while he and his partner Deputy Austyn Elmone were trying to convince a man with a knife to surrender in Rancho Santa Fe on December 3rd.

Click on the above video to learn more about Banjer's amazing recovery.  You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.

This incident shows the dangers deputies face every day to keep us safe. 

We are glad Banjer is back to protecting the streets of San Diego County.

Don't Drink and Drive 
The Sheriff's Department works all year long to protect everyone from impaired drivers.  If you are caught drinking and driving, you will go to jail. 
Click on the above video to see the high price dangers of drinking and driving.  You can also watch it by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.
The Sheriff's Department recently received a $250,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to help pay for checkpoints and DUI patrols across the county. 
Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Wanted Fugitive 

Travis Urbanski   
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 29-year-old Travis Christopher Urbanski.  He is wanted on a felony warrant for burglary and possession of a switchblade.  Urbanski also has prior convictions for possession of narcotics.

Urbanski stands 5'7" tall and weighs about 140 pounds.  He has brown hair and brown eyes.  He is known to frequent the North County, as well as the Murrieta area.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Travis Christopher Urbanski 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, February 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   

Operation Secret Santa

Sheriff's Deputies turned into holiday elves as they helped three generous community members hand out $15,000 in cash and gift cards to families in need all over the county.
Click on the above video to watch highlights from Operation Secret Santa, which was held on December 17th.  You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.
Deputies identified the families while working as School Resource Deputies or while on patrol in speaking to community members.  There are families struggling to pay rent or currently homeless.  There are also stories of family members dealing with medical issues and parents taking care of children diagnosed with autism, cancer and other health problems.

We want to thank the Secret Santas for their generous donation.

Stay Safe San Diego
Issue: 71
Sheriff Bill Gore
In This Issue
Deputy Ken Collier Neighborhood Park
Sheriff's K-9 Recovering
Don't Drink and Drive
Wanted Fugitive
Put A Star In Your Future
Operation Secret Santa
Join Our Mailing List
Follow us on Twitter
View our videos on YouTube
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
San Diego County Sheriff's Department Stations, Substations and Headquarters will be closed for a federal holiday on: 
Monday, January 16 
(in observance of 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 or on-call.

Money Order Scam - Vista  
Do you recognize the suspects seen in the above video. They are wanted in connection with a money order scam that happened in Vista.  
You can watch also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.
 It happened on December 14th around 1:00 p.m. at the 7-Eleven located in the 1500 block of East Vista Way.
One of the women went up to the clerk to buy four $500 money orders. The clerk took the money from the suspect and set it on the counter while she processed the transaction.
At some point, the suspect took $1,000 back from the stack of money without the clerk noticing.  Both the suspect and her companion left the store with $1,000 in cash and $2,000 worth of money orders. 
If you have any information on these suspects, 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.
I.D. Theft Suspect

Take a good luck at the above surveillance video of a man suspected of using a lost debit card and going on a shopping spree across San Diego County.  

You can also watch the video by following the Sheriff's Department on VIMEO.
The debit card was lost at a restaurant in Santee on October 13th.  Sometime between October 13th and 14th the card was used throughout San Diego County racking up $3,300 in unauthorized charges.

Surveillance video shows a man using the lost debit card at a BevMo, Best Buy and Game Stop in Santee.
He also made unauthorized purchases at Best Buy, SAKS Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, T-Mobile and a Shell gas station in Carmel Mountain, as well as the Beauty Gallery and Target in Poway.

If you recognize the suspect 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.

   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, January 18, 2017
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!
   Shop With A Cop  
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department was proud to host the 2016 Shop With A Cop event on December 3rd.
Click on the above video to see how deputies, officers and agents from various law enforcement agencies turned into Santa's Helpers for more than 300 children.
You can also watch the video by following us on VIMEO.
To learn more about Shop With A Cop, click here.

  Ryan Keim, Media Relations Director

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

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