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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department

 Law Enforcement Grant #G09-03-38-L01

I support the grant request from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department for a number of reasons: their dedication to OHV safety and education, informed officers who understand and appreciate OHV recreation, and the appropriate funding amounts requested.

All in all, this grants requests a modest amount for the grant, and offers the community much in the way of benefit from this request. I have personally talked with Wayne Whitfield, from the Sheriff's Department, and was very impressed y his dedication to the OHV community, and continued OHV opportunities in Stanislaus County. I observed the Special Vehicle Operation Unit in action at the CORVA Northern Jamboree, and was very pleased at the way they controlled and patrolled at Frank Raines Park during a very busy weekend, and took the time to educate those in attendance.

As an OHV enthusiast, I recognize that effective law enforcement holds a very important role in continuing access to OHV opportunities, and our county parks hold a key role in offering OHV enthusiasts and their families a place to enjoy their sport. Having an effective and well-trained OHV -dedicated unit in conjunction with the opportunity is an important way to retain OHV access in Stanislaus County.

I appreciate the request by the Sheriff's Department to continued OHV education for the members of the SVOU unit, that all the SVOU members are also members of Tread Lightly, and the fact that education, rather than citations, has been emphasized in the application.

In summary, I fully support his grant request, and look forward to working with the SVOU at the next CORVA events at Frank Raines Park. [Amy Granat - 4/5/10]

 Every single Law Enforcement grant should have a commitment and focus to catch the "Willfully Ignorant" visitor.  We see every day folks doing what ever they want and they feel immune  because it is their feeling "there is no one around to catch me"    That has to change.  Yes, we have Green Sticker Violations, sound violations, and other normal day to day violations that by now should be all in compliance.  It is the "Willfully Ignorant " that does not abide by the rules of the areas they ride in, i.e. "Stay on Designated Trails " "Respect Private Property"   "Know the rules of area you are riding in "  be it Forest Service, BLM, City and County.  All of us can put pressure on the "Willfully Ignorant" but it is Law Enforcement that needs to focus their talent to those that want to ruin it for everyone.  We can not let them rule our destiny or how we are being portrait in the eyes of the public and government elected officials.   
The other area of grave concern is our children, we need to make sure that all children 16 and under on Quads have the proper certification. We need to make sure that they are properly dressed to ride, no tank tops, tennis shoes and short pants.   Parents need to be told of their responsibility in the strongest possible manner, ticket.  

Thank you all for working this very difficult issue.   [Ed Waldheim "OHV activist for access to  public lands for all" - 3/28/10]

 I would like to offer my support of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Dept's grant application for its Special Vehicle Operation Unit, to be used to support our county's efforts in law enforcement, search & rescue, public education, operations, and maintenance.  Should your agency's Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division award grant monies to our Sheriff's Dept., some of those desperately needed funds would also be earmarked for restoration of two Off-Highway parks within the county's jurisdiction.

During these rough economic times, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Dept. has had to make strategic cost-cutting decisions, while at the same time trying to maintain an acceptable level of public safety.  Monies awarded through your agency's grants will help maintain what I think is a very high level of public safety within our county's Off-Highway and open space areas, and at the same time provide much needed care and maintenance of the Off-Highway parks near Patterson and LaGrange. 

I strongly encourage you and your agency to award the requested grant to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Dept. pursuant to their application. [Jim Strong -  3/5/10]