Discussion centers on lack of deputies in the IWV – News – Ridgecrest Daily Independent – Ridgecrest, CA – California News

Discussion centers on lack of deputies in the IWV – News – Ridgecrest Daily Independent – Ridgecrest, CA – California News

David Kessler, Kern Law Enforcement Association President didn’t mince words when discussing Kern County Sheriff’s deputies in the Ridgecrest area.

“You guys go dark, if you haven’t noticed that,” he said, referring to a lack of overnight coverage from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in unincorporated areas surrounding Ridgecrest. “From 12 midnight to 7 in the morning you don’t have any deputies on the street in [the] Ridgecrest [area]. Not only have you lost the jail, but you have lost deputies in the middle of the night.” Kessler added that deputies responding would have to drive from Kern Valley or Mojave, leading to potential delays in response time.

Kessler said calls may be referred to the Ridgecrest Police Department depending upon RPD’s availability and other factors such as priority and call type. “If its a higher priority, if someone’s life is in danger, we are probably going to reach out to Ridgecrest PD or California Highway Patrol to help us.”

Kessler made his comments Thursday at a public question-and-answer with off-duty Kern County Sheriff’s deputies, moderated by Kessler.

The event was called “Deputies, dessert and discussion” but thanks to catering by Casey’s, actual dinner food was served. Some 60 people showed up — a standing room only crowd. The event was put on by Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union (where it was held) in conjunction with Kern County Backs the Badge and the Daily Independent.

The idea is for Kessler to collect public input to bring back to the sheriff’s department, hopefully leading to improvements.

‘It’s not fair’

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