SAN BERNARDINO – During the State of the County presentation, Board Chairman Robert A. Lovingood said that he would like to see a tough stance taken against criminals to improve the quality of life, increase property values and to make the County more attractive to those seeking relocation.
Recently $1 million in funding came from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, to assist the County Sheriff’s Department in launching an intensive countywide effort to go after hardened criminals, the “worst of the worst”.
Operation Desert Guardian, a series of summertime sweeps was also paid for by funds allocated by Lovingood. In 2016, there were 376 arrests in the High Desert. Now, in 2017, “Desert Guardian” during 16 operational days during the last eight weeks have gone after the worst criminals.They have put nearly 500 in jail, taken 20 illegal guns off the street, and identified 70 new gang members.
Ramos mentioned that Governor Jerry Brown blamed the high conviction rate by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office for the overcrowding problem in jails. “Since 2005, my office has filed over 11,000 cases,” Ramos told the crowd. “Three gang members are sitting on death row; 6,852 are in state prison for over 51,000 years aggregate and 303 life terms. We’re taking the leaders out of here.” Ramos said that he is working with the County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre to address gang recruitment in schools.
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