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On May 7th, 2013, Sheriff Mele did a presentation for the Board of Supervisors on the Public Safety crisis that Tuolumne County is dealing with and the larger problems that we face ahead. Some of the key issues are:
The Sheriff's Department has less Deputies working the street today than we did in 1988. At the same time we are dealing with TWICE as many calls.
Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department cannot currently recruit qualified applicants. We have had 6 vacant positions for over a year. During that time, Sonora Police Department has filled their two vacant positions and had more people apply for those 2 positions, than the Sheriffs Department has had for our 7.
In the next 18-24 months we could be losing an additional 32% of our operations staff (patrol, etc) to other agencies and retirement. We are losing those people to other agencies because they offer better salaries, benefits and working conditions.
ON AVERAGE THERE ARE ONLY 3 PATROL DEPUTIES AT ANY GIVEN TIME PATROLLING THE COUNTY.
If the Sheriff's Department loses any more people it will be forced to cut services. Response times to calls could be as much as 2 to 3 hours and property crimes would not be responded to.
Tuolumne County Sheriffs Department makes an average of 15% below comparable counties in a salary survey. Calaveras County uses 5 comparable counties and out of those 5 counties, Tuolumne is ranked dead last.
To see the entire presentation you can go to the County's Website and watch the video of the Sheriff. His presentation begins at 1:32:40 of the video. To see the entire slide show please go HERE.
Before the Sheriff did his presentation, DSA President Dan Graziose wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors to express the same concerns. The letter is attached at the bottom of this page.
If you would like to send a letter to your District Supervisor to express your concern over this crisis we have attached their contact information below:
Sherri Brennan, District 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Hanvelt, District 2: email@example.com
Evan Royce, District 3: firstname.lastname@example.org
John L. Gray, District 4: email@example.com
Karl Rodefer, District 5: firstname.lastname@example.org
To write a written letter to the Board you can send it to:
Tuolumne County Administration Center2 S. Green StreetSonora, California 95370
On behalf of the Tuolumne County Deputy Sheriff's Association, we'd like to welcome you to our official web site. This Web site will help us achieve many goals such as increasing our communication between the DSA Board and the membership. We can also let the members of the general public know what is happening within the Sheriff's Office and provide information about our Association.
Our Association supports many charitable organizations as well as department related activities that our members are involved in. Our contributions have included Little League, youth soccer, High School Sports, WATCH Program, Cast for Kids, ATCAA, "Shop with a Cop" and the DSA Scholarship fund. These are just a few of the charitable organizations we have enjoyed helping throughout the years. We also award five $500.00 scholarships to our area high school students.
We want our County, its business community and neighbors to thrive and grow. We realize that the only way to achieve this is by having the most highly motivated, well trained and properly staffed Sheriff's Office to watch over our wonderful county. Within this site, we will update our political positions, candidate endorsement, true accounts of law enforcement activity as well as other relevant news and events.
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Tuolumne County Deputy Sheriff's Association