PALMDALE – The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station is currently applying for a grant through the California State Parks, which provides funding to help protect, maintain and enhance Off-Highway Vehicle activity within California. If awarded, grant money will be used for enforcement of current California laws and regulations as they pertain to Off-Highway Vehicle activity (OHV).
The Grants and Cooperative Agreement Program allows for a 30-day public review and comment period. This period provides an opportunity for the public to review the preliminary applications submitted to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division for consideration during the current grant cycle. The Palmdale Station is encouraging residents to view the application and submit comments and questions.
Palmdale Station’s State Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Application can be viewed here.
Comments on the application must be received between March 5 and April 1, 2013. The public may provide comments to both the Palmdale Station and the OHMVR Division by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and copying OHVinfo@parks.ca.gov.
The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station has the largest patrol area of all Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stations. The area covers approximately 1,300 square miles and serves over a quarter of a million community members.
The Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) team patrols the contract cities of Palmdale, Lancaster, and all the unincorporated county areas. The largest area of responsibility lies in rural towns surrounding both cities. Those areas include Acton, Agua Dulce, Antelope Acres, Leona Valley, Elizabeth Lake, Lake Hughes, Littlerock, Pearblossom, Llano, and Wrightwood. These townships make up over 1,100 square miles of rural desert and mountain areas.
The Palmdale OHV team has been active since the year 2000, initially concentrating on the issues within the city of Palmdale. Over the years, the team’s area of patrol has grown to cover a vast area of Northern Los Angeles County. Currently, the OHV team consists of one sergeant and four full time deputies who are assigned to Palmdale Station.
The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Team also assists with OHV patrol needs. The Palmdale OHV team deploys on various weekends and holidays and is required to handle OHV complaints, which are called in by the public.
(Information via press release from the Palmdale Station.)