On January 16, 2014, members of the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force, the Post-Release Accountability & Corrections Team, the Hemet Police Department’s Street Enforcement Team, and additional Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force teams conducted a gang saturation operation in the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley.
Officers conducted high visibility saturation patrols in areas frequented by gang members. Officers also conducted pre-determined probation and parole compliance checks targeting documented gang members.
The event resulted in a lengthy drug investigation that led to the recovery of approximately 5 ½ ounces of methamphetamine, a methamphetamine lab with two people in-custody, and two juveniles placed into protective custody. Officers seized approximately $16,500.00 for asset forfeiture proceedings. Officers arrested 14 people for felony offenses and one for a misdemeanor.
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The Hemet San Jacinto Gang Task Force has been in existence since April 2006. The Law Enforcement Agencies within “The Valley” have been working together since this time on a daily basis. The Hemet San Jacinto Gang Task Force is comprised of members from the Hemet Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, San Jacinto Police Department, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Riverside County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, and the U.S. Border Patrol. The law enforcement leadership within the valley meets regularly and coordinates the Hemet San Jacinto Gang Task Force activities.
The Hemet San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force is one of eight teams composing the entire Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of 22 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs.