Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Take Your Child To Work Day

National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is recognized on the fourth Thursday in April each year.  this annual event is an educational program in the United States and Canada where parents take their children to work with them for one day.  It is the successor to Take Our Daughters to Work Day which, in 2003, was expanded to include boys.  Most companies allowed both girls and boys to participate since the beginning.  The day was renamed "Take Your Child to Work Day." 
This year, our Central Division hosted 30 boys and girls who participated in several activities throughout the day.  We started the day off with a presentation from the Bureau of Information Technology team about the parts of a computer tower.  The kids listened intently while munching on donuts and had a quiz afterward. 
Next, everyone gathered outside for a demonstration by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department bomb dog, "Wolf", and his handler, Detective Brad Phillips.  Detective Phillips hid a metal device containing all of the ingredients for a live bomb, with the exception of the igniting mechanism.  Wolf sniffed out the device, sat down, and was given a "treat" of a red ball. 
The kids then saw an undercover police car. Senior Investigator Amanda Holloway turned on the lights and sounded the siren for the kids while Veronica Parham opened the trunk and explained the necessity of the safety equipment.  The kids also got to see a Mini-14 rifle. 

The day continued with a trip to the San Bernardino Justice Center.  The kids observed a preliminary hearing and toured a courtroom and its holding cells.  The group returned back to the media room where Supervising Investigator John Vega gave a presentation on the collection of crime scene evidence.  The kids asked a lot of great questions and really enjoyed looking at the "mock crime scene."  Supervising Investigator Christine Murillo gave a lesson on how to roll fingerprints and fingerprinted each of the kids. 
By this time the kids had all worked up a hunger and were able to spend the lunch hour with their parents.  
After lunch, the children met with District Attorney Jason Anderson.  He explained the many functions of the Court and District Attorney's Office.   The children once again asked many great questions, including what the DA's favorite color is.  In case you are wondering, it is dark blue or black. 
Finally, Senior Investigator Mark Anderson gave a very informative and fun presentation on the dangers of social media and cell phones.  The kids were sent back with their parents along with a goodie bag and cupcake to finish out the day with them. 
Thank you to all the parents for sharing your children with us.  A great big thank you to BIT, B of I, SBSD and Court personnel who assisted with demonstrations.  A special thank you to Tera Sorensen, Kimberly Fuller, Melissa Murray, Denise Yoakum, Malina Medina and Jessica Planas for chaperoning the event.  It was a fun filled day for everyone.  The children learned a lot and have many memories they won't soon forget.  

Friday, April 19, 2019

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Every year in April, the office for Victims of Crime leads communities across the country in observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.  The theme for 2019, "Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope For the Future." celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible and trauma-informed. 

During National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the District Attorney's Office hosted a memorial at the Government Center to honor those family members who have lost a loved one as well as the surviving victims of crime and those that advocate on behalf of crime victims. 

This year, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously consented to and adopted a proclamation regarding National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Below is an excerpt:
NOW, THEREFORE, We, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, do hereby proclaim the week of April 7-13, 2019, as Crime Victims’ Rights Week
AND REAFFIRM this San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office commitment to creating a victim service and criminal justice response that assists all victims of crime during Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year; and to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for those community members, victim service providers, and criminal justice professionals who are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice, and peace.



Thursday, April 11, 2019

2019 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay

On March 23, 2019, several members of our office participated in the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay race. The Baker to Vegas run is where police organizations from all over the world form relay teams to run 120 miles in 20 stages from Baker, California to Las Vegas, Nevada for the chance of winning the coveted cup trophy.
The relay was started by two Los Angeles police officers, Chuck Foote and Larry Moore, 30 years ago. 284 law enforcement teams participated in the event this year.

This race begins in Baker and goes through  Pahrump via Highway 372 and then follows Highway 160 into Las Vegas. This year, the race ended inside the Westgate hotel in Las Vegas.

The teams are made up entirely of law enforcement personnel and each team consists of 20 runners. The distance and difficulty for each team member varies. Some are selected to run 3-4 mile legs, on a flat surface, while others will run 8 to 10-mile legs, uphill or downhill.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office was team #278. Participation in the relay is on a volunteer basis. Many volunteers are needed for a variety of functions to ensure the event is a successful one.  Runners are needed as well as observers, driving a follow vehicle and assisting in the hospitality suite at the hotel. 

A huge thank you to Supervising Investigator Eric Von Miller and Senior Investigator Ray Briones who were the team Captains. They were instrumental in the organization and our participation in Baker to Vegas. Thank you to all the runners, drivers, observers and folks who worked in the hospitality suite who volunteered their time and helped pull off a successful event.
For those of you interested, next year’s Baker to Vegas will be April 4th and 5th, 2020, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. Mark your calendars!