On June 14th, 2022

State Park Rangers and Wardens Join Work to Keep Recreation Areas in Fresno County Safe

FRESNO COUNTY – On Saturday, June 11, 2022, California State Parks rangers and Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens worked with approximately 80 law enforcement officers from numerous agencies in “Operation Safe Summer” in Fresno County.  The law enforcement operation was designed to help keep recreation areas safe.

Agencies included the:

  • Fresno County Sheriff’s Office,
  • Fresno County District Attorney’s Investigations Unit,
  • Cal Fire,
  • Fresno County Probation,
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife,
  • California State Parole,
  • Kerman Police,
  • Clovis Police,
  • California Highway Patrol,
  • California State Parks
  • and the U.S. Forest Service.

Part of the operation focused on parole and probation checks and the other focused on proactively seeking out potential criminal activity in Friant, Millerton Lake, Shaver Lake and areas in between. Operations like this one will be conducted periodically throughout the summer season. The goal is to allow individuals and families to enjoy popular recreation destinations in a safe, criminal free environment.

The results of this operation are as follows:

  • 19 arrests: 10 felonies, 7 misdemeanors and 2 DUIs
  • 7 parole searches
  • 4 probation searches
  • 4 field interviews
  • 27 traffic citations
  • 2 vehicles towed
  • 4 campground evictions
  • 9 boat inspections
  • 2 rescues
  • 1 boat tow
  • 1 firearm and ammunition seized.

“Families and individuals deserve time to unwind and enjoy the recreational areas that our communities and state offer without fear of being harassed or bothered by lawbreakers,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “I applaud this effort and thank the officers who worked to keep these areas safe and enjoyable for all.”

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