By Donny Tiemann
Sheriff Vic Regalado and a group of community leaders with the Sheriff's Foundation announced it's official formation and commitment to raise $300,000 for the purchase of body cams for it's patrol force. The funds will also go towards the establishment of a citizen advisory board that will go through some of the same training that the officers have to go through. Any time the Sheriff's department can work together with the private sector to find solutions to their problems, it is a win - win for everyone. Was proud to be on hand for such an important announcement.
This is another step in the sheriff's campaign to address serious needs for the whole county. The willingness to reach out to community groups for the sake of a better county is yet another step toward elevating the service of the office. There is much potential good that can come.
Just 10 days ago, the sheriff, along with his jail medical staff; met with community mental health advocates and clinicians, to unveil the new level of care for those in the jail who suffer severe mental illnesses.