May 26

Representing Lake County in Northern California

On May 23, 2013, Brian and a team of Lake County Deputy Probation Officers took “Top Team” honors at the 2013 Northern California Probation Advanced Tactical Handgun Course in Marysville.  Brian took home the “Top Shot” award.

A total of 11 teams competed in a combat shooting course, a computerized firearms simulator course, timed shooting, and accuracy shooting.  The team consisted of Teddi Walker, Dennis Reynolds, Jose Martinez, and Brian Martin.

 

Bringing the "Top Team" award home to Lake County.

Bringing the “Top Team” award home to Lake County.

 

 

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Apr 26

My plans to address Marijuana issues in Lake County

The status of the legality of marijuana in California remains a very controversial subject.  State law, federal law, court rulings, and local ordinances do little to give law enforcement direction in how to enforce the law.  Without clear, comprehensive, guidelines, enforcement efforts can be misguided, resulting in poor decisions being made, and resources not being used in a manner that is most beneficial to our local community.

As Sheriff, I will implement guidelines for deputies to follow when conducting marijuana enforcement operations.  If there are no applicable laws or ordinances that clearly apply to a particular situation (i.e. a grow in violation of an existing ordinance), deputies will have a list of five criteria to refer to when deciding to take enforcement action on a marijuana complaint.  A marijuana cultivation operation will receive law enforcement attention when it meets one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Large scale, commercial growing operations.  These types of operations commonly cause nuisance complaints, particularly in densely populated areas.  They often attract crime, which detracts from the quality of life in an area, and place neighbors in danger.  Activity that impacts neighbors’ ability to enjoy their own home, will be addressed.
  2. Growing operations on public lands.  Our public lands are meant to be used for everyone, and should be safely accessible for that purpose.  Whether you choose to hunt, fish, hike, horseback ride, camp,  or photograph on our public lands, you should be able to do so without fear of stumbling into an illegal grow.
  3. Growing operations on private lands when the growers are trespassing.
  4. Growing operations that have a detrimental impact on the environment.  Reckless dumping of chemicals, unpermitted grading that results in erosion and runoff, and destruction of our natural habitats cause problems for our entire society and will not be tolerated.  These guidelines will also apply to indoor operations where homes are converted into grow houses, and destroyed in the process.  An abandoned grow house can have a significant detrimental effect on the surrounding properties.
  5. 5.       Growing operations that use stolen water, or unlawfully diverted water sources. 

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Mar 30

A new direction for the LCSO

 

As your Sheriff I will move this department into a new direction with integrity, cooperation and strong communications as hallmarks of the modern Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

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Mar 30

Cooperation

 

Establish a practice of cooperative relationships and teamwork between the Sheriff’s Dept. and the community, other LE agencies, and other government agencies.  The healing that needs to be done within the department needs to be top priority.  The healing that will come for the relationships that have been damaged over the past several years will happen when we’ve regained the trust from our community.

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Mar 30

Narcotic Task Force

 

Re-establish a true inter-agency Narcotics Task Force which includes investigators from all (or almost all) of the LE agencies in the county.  This will ensure that services which are needed everywhere in the county are provided, including within the boundaries of our two cities.  I will re-allocate personnel in the Investigations Bureau to place more emphasis on crimes against children and the elderly, and dedicate an investigator solely to sexual assault and violent crimes.

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Mar 30

Marijuana

 

I will dedicate resources to the effort to fight the adverse impacts of commercial marijuana cultivation in our county by seeking criminal and civil sanctions against those responsible for environmental crimes that occur as a result of commercial marijuana grow operations.

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Mar 30

Training

 

I will establish a comprehensive training plan which ensures that our deputies are trained in accordance with state requirements.  The training will also ensure that our deputies receive current and relevant training that will allow them to address the issues that are of concern to Lake County residents.

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Mar 30

Communications

 

I will expand the use of social networking and internet media so that accurate, relevant, and important information will be distributed to the public in a timely manner.  I will adopt a “Public Records Release” policy that ensures that information that can be released in a timely, fair, appropriate, and most importantly, lawful manner to the media as well as the public.

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Mar 30

Public Presentation

 

I will adopt appropriate standards for grooming and appearance for uniformed personnel.  My organization will be a professional organization, and those who encounter representatives from the LCSO will quickly realize that based on the appearance, behavior, and conduct of my employees.

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Mar 30

Outreach

 

Lake County will become a vacation destination again.  Problems with public perception based on years of public controversy, scandal, and embarassment have kept tourists away.  Tourism has historically been the main industry in the county.  While issues with algae and water quality in the lake are not under the scope of responsibility of the Sheriff’s Department, I will work cooperatively with other agencies, groups, and organizations to reach our common goal of restoring the lake to a place where people want to bring their families and vacation.

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