Mar 132018

Bob Epps. Apparently he is still running seminars for the County of Riverside. A close looks shows that his next seminar started yesterday 3/12/2018! It also appears that some of the presenters are employees of the County. None of these things are wrong in and of themselves, but when juxtaposed with the scandal we’ve uncovered on Epps, you have to wonder if that complicates attempts to bring Epps to justice for what he is alleged to have done.

Another luminary in the annuals of past posts is Chief Deputy Ray Wood who posted a while back about his trip to Disneyland in some sort of lame response to his having been featured on this blog for visiting Chad Bianco for Sheriff events (but not Hemet Dave’s events). Ray Wood has a long storied history.

One of the best Ray Wood stories is a botched police chase that happened under his watch. A pursuit started in Jurupa Valley and ended in La Quinta. This is a distance of 80 miles (actual miles like we mention in the north state, not minutes which is how most people from socal measure things).

The chase featured several unmarked units. Apparently proper procedure is for two marked units and a Sergeant to participate. Now Chief Deputy Wood did not fix that situation which is a clear violation of department policy.

The suspect then barricaded himself in the car he was using for said chase. SWAT is called. They release a dog. Then a SWAT Team Member fires a beanbag. Another SWAT Team Member shoots the Suspect fatally. On Ray Wood’s watch.

The deputy that shot the suspect was cleared of wrongdoing because he indicated he thought the suspect was attacking the dog. That’s right, the dog. Bad tactics. a Chase done outside of department guidelines and Chief Deputy Ray Wood at the helm. The deputy was removed from SWAT and reputedly assigned to the court or some sort of admin job.

These are the sorts of people in leadership and some wonder why the rank-and-file deputies want Stan Sniff gone.

Jason Horton is another Chief Deputy. He is alleged to have gotten away with a DUI recently, he is alleged to have cheated on an advancement exam sometime in the early 2000’s and is also alleged to have had sex with several trainees in the academy when he was an instructor there. These are the things that many deputies believe about Horton, and the resentments are made worse when you are reminded that Jason Horton’s father John Horton is very close to the Sheriff hence the connection to his rapid rise up the ranks under the tenure of Sniff.

What we have learned about day-to-day life in the Riverside Sheriff’s Office is that the morale has been shattered as the leaders of the department have basically been allowed to live their lives with no accountability whatsoever while those out of favor are targeted for termination. In most departments, folks like Epps, Wood and Horton would have been terminated years ago and in the case of Epps at least would have been thoroughly investigated for wrongdoing. Not true in Stan Sniff’s department.

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