O.C. Sheriffs Plan to Increase Patrols Along Santa Ana River
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is poised to beef up patrols along the Santa Ana River amid complaints over rising crime and squalor associated with the massive homeless encampment there. Supervisors will vote on the plan Tuesday.
At the moment, details about the program are scant. What is clear though is that the department believes stronger enforcement is necessary -- now.
“We need to dedicate more resources to handle the concerning criminal element that continues to proliferate in the area,” said Undersheriff Don Barnes in an email. “The Sheriff’s Department is best suited to take the lead on this specific problem.”
The ballooning problems along the site of the county’s largest homeless encampment have caused arguments between agencies and frustration among residents. Anaheim is weighing the declaration of a local emergency to reclaim the Santa Ana River trail. The city council will also vote on that item Tuesday.