Sheriff Mike Boudreaux continues his commitment to meet with the rural and mountain communities in Tulare County.
On Monday, he spoke during the town hall meeting in Three Rivers at the Veterans Memorial Building. Also in attendance from the Sheriff’s Office was Undersheriff Robin Skiles, Cpt. Cheri Lehner, Lt. Joe Campos, Dep. Mark Frick and Volunteer in Patrol Bob Basham.
Sheriff Boudreaux shared what’s new at the Sheriff’s Office with the crowd of approximately 75 community members.
Questions from the audience concerned the Sheriff’s view of a Sanctuary State, marijuana laws and enforcement and the Sheriff’s Aviation Support Unit.
Sheriff Boudreaux opposes the Sanctuary State Senate Bill 54 because it allows violent offenders to escape justice. Restricting collaboration between law enforcement agencies is a bad idea, he said.
There are people living in Tulare County who are afraid to report crimes for fear of deportation. “We are here for the people who live here,” Sheriff Boudreaux said. “My focus is on public safety.”
The Sheriff’s Office just unveiled two new Cessna airplanes. The Cessna 182, named Wren after the first deputy killed in the line of duty back in 1889, will be the Sheriff’s eyes in the sky to assist patrol deputies on the ground.
The Cessna 206, named Tribute to honor the fallen, will be used for inmate transportation, clandestine marijuana detection investigations, search and rescue operations and high profile investigations.
“We are the only agency in the western United States with UAVs and drone operators assigned to patrol,” he said. “Our very own Cpl. William Seymour is the nation’s expert in unmanned aerial vehicle technology for law enforcement.”
At the Sheriff’s Office, drone usage is mission specific for finding a lost child, an at risk adult, for SWAT details and evidence collection. They are not used for surveillance. #tcso #tularecounty #tularecountysheriff #uav #threerivers #townhall