By Jim Predmore
The Annual Sheriff’s uniform inspection and ceremony was held on Tuesday January 5, 2010 and was conducted by Sheriff Raymond Loera. Sheriff Loera commented on how fast the past three years have gone by for him and unfortunately for some, maybe not fast enough, and what a strong learning experience it has been.
Sheriff Loera stated “I want to start this ceremony by recognizing some of our co- workers who, by their actions, reinforce the reputation and traditions of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department. It’s this kind of action that shows the commitment and dedication that each of you have to serve the public. On Saturday January 2, 2010 at approximately 18:15 hours, Deputy Sheriffs responded to assist CHP officers at an accident scene where a vehicle had crashed into a cement lined canal. The vehicle landed upside down with the doors wedged against the cement. Deputies, along with other public safety officers, jumped into the water and after some effort, they were able to open the doors and remove the occupant. CPR was initiated on that subject. Deputies then re-entered the water to make sure that there was no one else in the vehicle and with this action a second occupant was found and removed. CPR was also initiated on this subject. It should be kept in mind that the water temperature was extremely cold and the current very fast. At no time did the deputies give up on the occupants. I would like to give the deputies involved my heart felt thanks for their effort in keeping with the tradition of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department in their service to the public. The deputies to be commended are Deputy Jason Hurley, Deputy Marlin Uriarte, Deputy Patrick Murphy, Deputy Rosendo Contreras, Deputy Patrick Zamora and Reserve Deputy Rocio Lopez. Please join me in giving them a well deserved hand.”
Sheriff Loera went on to reinforce the Mission and Vision Statements for the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department and how whey will become significant in the following year and the future. This mission will be reflected in everything that they do.
The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office is committed to work in partnership with the community to protect life and property. We believe in providing responsible and professional law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors of Imperial County to ensure the quality of life in our communities. We instill this level of commitment by holding ourselves to the highest standards of professional conduct.
Together, the employees of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office commit to making a difference in our community, through behaviors that demonstrate our dedication to these values:
Compassion: Providing services with dignity and kindness.
Excellence: Leading the way in high standards of personal and agency achievement.
Mutual Respect: Treating all individuals as partners in accomplishing our common goals.
Openness: Hearing, speaking and acting with directness and honesty.
Acceptance: Recognizing that each person has unique and diverse qualities and strengths.
Sheriff Loera went on to say on behalf of himself and his staff a thank you to each and every employee for their dedication and commitment to providing a law enforcement service to the people of Imperial County that is second to none.