On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, over 60 law enforcement officers from federal, state, and local
agencies joined the Riverside County Central PACT Task Force to conduct a regional operation that
focused on unannounced compliance searches of individuals on Probation, Mandatory Supervision,
Parole, and Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS). Searches took place in the areas of Beaumont,
Banning, Cherry Valley, Calimesa, and Cabazon, with significant assistance from law enforcement from
Beaumont PD, Banning PD, Riverside Sheriff- Cabazon Station and the Larry Smith Correctional
Beaumont Police Department hosted the operation. A majority of the probationers scheduled to
be searched were suspected or known gang members. In addition to the home searches, officers
conducted a patrol saturation of the area, conducting dozens of traffic stops and making pedestrian
contacts in the area.
Eight local agency teams and task forces took part in the operation, to include:
West, Central, and East (Riverside County) PACT Task Forces, Riverside County
Regional Gang Task Forces- Hemet/San Jacinto, Murrieta, and Beaumont/Banning,
Banning Probation, and the Riverside Auto-theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) task force.
The teams are comprised of personnel from many agencies to include:
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (county and contract city stations)
Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
Riverside County Probation Department
Murrieta Police Department
Beaumont Police Department
Banning Police Department
Cathedral City Police Department,
Hemet Police Department
Riverside Police Department
Corona Police Department
California Highway Patrol
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
U.S. Border Patrol
The teams conducted 75 compliance checks during the operation, which resulted in the arrest of 11 subjects, listed below. Drugs, drug paraphernalia, numerous weapons to include a pistol and a sawed-off shotgun, a stolen vehicle, counterfeit ID cards and forged documents were recovered.
The following individuals were arrested during the operation:
Maxine Duro, 34 year old San Jacinto resident, outstanding warrant
Stephanie Rodriguez, 43 year old Cathedral City resident, outstanding warrant
Michael Weir, 33 year old Whitewater resident, drug possession and parole violation
Julie Fensel, 39 year old Banning resident, identity theft
JC Clark, 31 year old Banning resident, gang member in possession of sawed-off shotgun
Richard Figueroa, 35 year old Banning resident, probation violation, felon in possession of firearm and ammunition
Fabian Bedoy, 31 year old Beaumont resident, probation violation / weapon possession
Joshua Denton,31 year old Kern County resident, violation of probation
Reginald Carter, 53 year old Sun City resident, illegal firearms possession warrant
Juan Garnica, 38 year old Beaumont resident, battery / elder abuse warrant
Jessica Heltsley, 27 year old Banning resident, outstanding warrant
Assembly Bill 109 (AB109)
In 2011, Governor Brown signed “The Public Safety Realignment Act” or Assembly Bill (AB) 109. It was Governor Brown’s solution for reducing the number of inmates in the state’s 33 prisons to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 27, 2013, as ordered by the Three-Judge Court and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Implementation of the 2011 Realignment Legislation began October 1, 2011. Under Realignment, newly-convicted “low-level” offenders without current or prior serious or violent offenses stay in county jail to serve their sentence, which increases the county jail population for each individual county. Those individuals released and were previously supervised by State Parole Agents are now being supervised by county probation officers.
Riverside County public safety agencies formed multi-agency task forces, such as the Central PACT, to ensure that those individuals on Mandatory Supervision (also referred to as split sentence) and PRCS (Post Release Community Supervision) are in compliance.
Central PACT (Post-release Accountability & Compliance Team) Task Force
The Riverside County PACT was formed in February of 2012 and has since expanded to three regional teams; West, Central, and East.
Currently, the Central PACT Task Force participating agencies are Hemet Police, Beaumont Police, Murrieta Police, Riverside County Probation Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department- Lake Elsinore Station, and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department- San Jacinto Police.