Let me preface this by saying that this blog is NOT going to return to the days of bashing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. I am going to leave that to the other blog. Of course, if I had a bunch of felonies hanging over my head, I’m not sure I’d do what Jim Erwin is doing in terms of biting the hand that may very well be fixing my meals.
But . . . the San Bernardino County Grand Jury report came out a couple days ago and a story that appeared on this blog last year is addressed in that report. Do you remember these? Click on image to enlarge.
Here are the Grand Jury’s findings:
1. Not all flights are recorded in the Aviation Flight Logs.
2. The majority of waivers for civilian Ride-Alongs, including background checks, are not
properly completed and /or approved prior to the applicants’ flights on SBCSD aircraft.
3. Lack of clear direction as to whether the SBCSD policies that apply to patrol vehicle
civilian Ride-Alongs are also applicable to aviation civilian Ride-Alongs.
4. Staff personnel are not adhering to Division SOPs.
As to “You can’t fix stupid,” well I wait and see if our sharp-witted detectives on the other site can figure out what I’m talking about.
I’ve been told there are a lot bigger issues at Sheriff’s Aviation. Specifically, not only are they wasting money with the numerous helicopter ride-alongs, but that proper maintenance is not being done on the aircraft, especially the helicopters. They say there are those just waiting for one of them to fall out of the sky.
I know from my research on the Fontana Police Department helicopters, it is very, very expensive and a complete tear-down has to be done far more often than I would have ever expected. It was something like every 1200 hours of airtime and the cost was about a quarter million dollars each time. And that makes these joy rides all the more offensive. They are clearly very expensive for the taxpayers.
If you would like to read the 2014-15 San Bernardino County Grand Jury Report, you can do so here: 2014-2015 Grand Jury Report