PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – March 8th, 2018

Saturation and AB109 compliance operation in the cities of Hemet, San Jacinto, and the unincorporated areas outside Hemet

Local police and county authorities conducted a series of 57 checks on known offenders last week in the Hemet area and arrested 34 people, confiscated a variety of drugs and weapons, and recovered a stolen vehicle, according to Hemet Police.
According to Sergeant Bob Nishida, Hemet Police Department Gang Task Force Commander, on Feb. 28, a joint enforcement operation was conducted in the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley. The operation consisted of saturation patrol, attempt warrant services, and compliance checks on subjects on post release community supervision (PRCS), mandatory supervision, parole and probation in the cities of Hemet, San Jacinto and the unincorporated areas outside Hemet.

The following agencies/teams participated in the operation:
• All 8 regions of the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force:
• Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (Region 1)
• San Gorgonio Special Operations Gang Task Force (Region 2)
• Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force (Region 3)
• Murrieta – Temecula Regional Gang Force (Region 4)
• Perris/Lake Elsinore Gang Task Force (Region 6)
• Jurupa Valley Gang Task Force (Region 7
• Greater Corona Norco Home Gardens Regional Gang Task Force (Region 8)

Also participating were:
• Riverside County District Attorney’s Office – Gang Impact Team
• Hemet Police Department – Crime Suppression Unit (CSU)
• Hemet Police Department – ROCS Team
• Central P.A.C. Team (Post-release Accountability & Compliance Team)
• East P.A.C. Team
• Riverside County Probation Department – San Jacinto Probation AB109 Unit
• Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Hemet Station Investigation Bureau
• California Highway Patrol K-9 Unit

The Riverside County Gang Task Force is a collaborative effort of over 25 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs. This event was staffed with members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Riverside County Probation Department, Banning Police Department, Beaumont Police Department, Temecula Police Department, Moreno Valley Police Department, Palm Desert Police Department, Coachella Police Department, La Quinta Police Department, Corona Police Department, Murrieta Police Department, Hemet Police Department, Desert Hot Springs Police Department, Palm Desert Police Department, State Parole, Federal Bureau of Investigation, California Highway Patrol, and US Customs and Border Protection.
In total, the operation consisted of 57 home compliance checks and numerous enforcement stops. The operation resulted in the arrest of 34 individuals. The operation also resulted in the recovery of a stolen semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, a stolen vehicle, over 60 grams of methamphetamine, 3 grams of heroin, hydrocodone pills and drug paraphernalia.


Two arrested in commercial burglary in San Jacinto

On March 1, at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to a burglary at a retail store in the 2500 block of S. San Jacinto Avenue.
In a Sheriff-Coroner, Riverside County Press Release, a preliminary investigation revealed a male and female suspect forcefully entering the store, during hours of non-operation, stealing merchandise valued at approximately $1,200.  Officers processed the scene and collected evidence, which expeditiously led to the identification of the suspects.  Within hours, officers arrested the two suspects and recovered the stolen property, according to police.
Officers arrested Edward Galardo, a nineteen-year-old resident of San Jacinto, for investigation of burglary and a probation violation.  Also arrested was Serena Capistrano, a 20-year-old resident of San Jacinto, for suspicion of burglary.  Both suspects were booked into Larry Smith Correctional Facility. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the San Jacinto Police Department at 951-654-2702.

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