There are three Developmental Centers and one Community Facility that have Police Departments which operate under the Office of Protective Services.
When an incident occurs at a developmental center/community facility (DC/CF), a number of reviews occur to determine the contributing factors, develop plans to prevent recurrence and initiate corrective actions if necessary. Special investigations are conducted by OPS as a critical element of safeguarding the DC/CF residents. In response to specific recommendations, OPS operations and organizational restructuring has occurred, and the OPS is reviewing and revising all internal operating systems to ensure ongoing improvement. The Department and OPS leadership are achieving this with subject matter expert consultants.
Meet the Commander of each Department below:
As the commander at SDC, I am committed to ensuring our department provides the highest level of safety, service, and security to our community. I have a strong belief in community policing, and understand the true value and influence the community has on our department. Although our department may be small, I believe we can have a big impact on the residents residing at SDC, as well as the community we serve. This is accomplished through maintaining professional excellence, exhibiting compassion and understanding, and being focused on the needs of our population.
As the Commander of Fairview Developmental Center, I am pleased to have the opportunity of introducing myself and the members of the Office of Protective Services at Fairview Developmental Center. As a team were are committed to addressing the concerns of our community here at Fairview. The credit for our success belongs to the demonstrated day-to-day efforts by the sworn and non-sworn members of our Department as well as the Administration at Fairview Developmental Center. With the challenges that face law enforcement today, we are continually self-evaluating our operations to ensure we are providing the best possible service to our community. As a Department, we will continue strive to reach our goals and vision for the Department as well as maintaining our working relationships with community we serve.
As the OPS Commander at the Porterville Developmental Center, it has been an ongoing honor and privilege to serve alongside the men and women of this Department who are committed to providing professional and superior Police/Fire services to our community, clientele, staff and stakeholders. I take great pride in knowing that we provide specialized Law Enforcement services for individuals who have their own unique set of challenges. We have established positive working relationships with local, county, state and federal Law Enforcement agencies, first responders, administrators, and members of the community. We will strive to build upon these professional relationships through open communication, support and cooperation.
Members of our Department will continue to work collaboratively with the diverse group of professionals who provide treatment for our residents to ensure the Police/Fire services, provided, are carried out with compassion, professionalism and integrity. The Command Staff and I will continue to implement positive changes that are in line with best law enforcement practices, policies and procedures and the law. We will continue to seek out the most modern law enforcement training courses, equipment and technology available, facilitate training courses, and recruit/retain personnel that will enhance the services rendered to our residents, staff and the community we serve. The law enforcement professionals employed by this Department are truly dedicated to fulfilling our mission statement; “Professional Excellence and Superior Service.”
As Commander, it is my responsibility to ensure that all facility residents and staff are provided with the highest level of safety and security by providing highly competent law enforcement services. Law enforcement at a developmental center is very specialized and it takes a special person to work in that environment. My responsibility is to ensure that my staff receive the support and training they require to do their assignments professionally. I believe in the core values of ethical policing and I do my best to instill this in my staff. I also believe that the protection of individuals with developmental disabilities is a calling that my staff at Canyon Springs take very seriously.
Last modified: July 22, 2020