Feb
02

SEBA Stands With Its Member

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The Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association stands firmly with its member at the center of a video-taped struggle with an uncooperative suspect and asks the community not to rush to judgment but consider the complexities of this profession and the person behind the badge. Our member, whose name is not being released, should be afforded due process before conclusions are incorrectly drawn about his character, his work ethic or his commitment to public safety. Working in law enforcement has been a life-long dream for this deputy. We ask the public to consider this before allowing a snapshot of one moment in time define him; or to skew the dang...
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Jan
22

Juvenile Mentoring: Not Just an Act

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By: Lolita Harper Christina Lopez straggled into a classroom last fall where she was to spend the next 10 weeks to complete the terms of her juvenile probation. She stood with her arms crossed and gave very little eye contact to any of the instructors. If she gazed in the direction of one of the deputies at the Fontana Station’s juvenile mentoring program, it was to roll her eyes at their presumably empty talk. By the end of the 10 weeks 15-year-old Christina still did not want to lift her gaze to deputies but this time it was because she was crying – sad the Fontana Station A.C.T.S. juvenile mentoring program was over for her. Finizia Barber...
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Jan
02

OUR HEARTS ARE HEAVY FOR OUR FALLEN MEMBER

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Deputy Lawrence Falce SBSD
SAN BERNARDINO – SEBA member Dep. Larry Falce was pronounced dead today after a valiant battle to regain consciousness following a violent attack during a minor traffic collision on New Year’s Eve. Larry, a 36-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, was driving on Dec. 31 when he was involved in a traffic collision around 11 a.m. at the intersection of University Avenue and Kendall Drive. At some point after the collision, Larry, 70, contacted the people in the other car and was brutally attacked. Larry was transported to the hospital where he fought to regain consciousness. His fight ended January 2. We want people to...
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Dec
22

EVERYDAY HEROES: Sheriff’s San Antonio Santas

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 By: Lolita Harper Kenny Lutz, a lieutenant at West Valley Detention Center, looks forward to the holiday season and the ample opportunity for charitable giving during this time. Each year, Lutz — along with several of his coworkers —  would faithfully give his time to a charity that involved collecting toys for children. This year, when that charity no longer welcomed help from law enforcement, Lutz became the catalyst for a homegrown program to benefit children at San Antonio Hospital in Upland. Lutz, together with Sgt. Gary Esmond, Karen Schreiner and a team of purposeful deputies, created the San Antonio Santas program that not ...
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Oct
17

Shooting into Vehicles Not Appropriately Examined

The Sun and KPCC’s investigative series highlighted officer-involved shootings in San Bernardino County into moving vehicles but ignored the most prolific example of the success of this practice: the December 2nd terrorist attack. The conclusion of the most horrific event in the county’s history played out in a fiery gun battle that began with high-caliber rounds exchanged between the suspects’ black Suburban and law enforcement vehicles. Yet the title and tone of The Sun article imply San Bernardino County is overdue in changing its policies regarding this topic. “Police agencies from Los Angeles to New York banned officers from shooting int...
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Oct
16

Failures at HR Lead to Clean Slate for Future

The sudden resignation of San Bernardino County’s human resources director leaves a void of leadership in a crucial division and a bad taste in the mouth of county employees who have yet to see consistent integrity from that department. But it also allows the perfect opportunity for new county leadership to remedy past problems. The San Bernardino Sun newspaper re-ported the abrupt resignation of Cindi Peterson Tompkins after only nine months on the job.  She was hired to replace the embattled Andrew Lamberto, who resigned after reporters uncovered his arrest for soliciting prostitution, which was covered up by then-CEO Greg Devereaux. L...
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