PALMDALE – The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station is applying for a grant through California State Parks to fund its off-highway vehicle (OHV) enforcement team.
The process includes a 30-day period to allow the public to review and comment on the preliminary grant application submitted to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division.
The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station is encouraging residents to view the grant application and submit comments and questions. The 2016 application can be viewed here.
Comments on the application must be received between March 8 and April 4. The public may provide comments to both the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station and the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division by emailing email@example.com and carbon copying OHVinfo@parks.ca.gov.
About the local Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Team
The local Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) enforcement team patrols Palmdale, Lancaster and all unincorporated county areas. Its largest area of responsibility lies in rural towns, including Acton, Agua Dulce, Antelope Acres, Leona Valley, Elizabeth Lake, Lake Hughes, Littlerock, Pearblossom, Llano, Lake Los Angeles and Wrightwood. These townships make up over 1,100 square miles of rural desert and mountain areas.
Active since 2000, the local OHV team now includes one lieutenant, four sergeants and nine full-time deputies. The OHV team deploys on various weekends and holidays and is required to handle OHV complaints, which are called in by the public to the Palmdale and Lancaster stations or to the County Supervisor’s Office.
In 2015, the team handled 636 OHV-related calls for service, according to the grant application.
The grant period for 2014-2015 resulted in 113 citations, 242 warnings, five felony arrests, 12 misdemeanor arrests and 17 towed/recovered stolen vehicles, the grant application states. The team was also tasked with resolving a dispute between three neighbors regarding illegal off-road motorcycle riding in a rural area next to the Angeles National Forest. It resulted in a six-count misdemeanor criminal filing on the disturbing party and the seizure of the illegal motorcycle.
The team also conducted patrols on July 4 to quell illegal firework activity.