San Jacinto valley sweep, “Operation Heatwave” nets 29

SAN JACINTO VALLEY, Calif. — As part of the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, officials from more than two dozen local allied law enforcement entities teamed up together Thursday, Sept. 3 to conduct “Operation Heatwave”, a multi-agency collaborative effort that resulted in nearly 30 suspects arrested, according to Hemet Police Department’s Gang Task Force Commander Sergeant Bob Nishida.

The joint enforcement sweep, which was conducted throughout the San Jacinto valley with the goal of combating criminal street gangs, consisted of saturation patrols, warrant services, and compliance checks on subjects on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), mandatory supervision, parole, and probation.

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During the joint operation and sweep, which was hosted by the Riverside County Gang Task Force – Region 3 covering the Hemet and San Jacinto Valley, the Riverside County Gang Task Force conducted more than 50 compliance checks on individuals on parole, probation, PRCS, and mandatory supervision.

While conducting the sweep, officials also conducted numerous enforcement stops and pedestrian checks.

Officials from more than two dozen local allied law enforcement entities teamed up together Thursday to conduct “Operation Heatwave”, a joint enforcement sweep conducted throughout the San Jacinto valley with the goal of combating criminal street gangs. The day-long operation consisted of saturation patrols, warrant services, and compliance checks on subjects on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), mandatory supervision, parole, and probation. Hemet Police Department photos

During the day-long operation, total of 29 individuals were arrested, according to Nishida.

Officials participating in the sweep also recovered a stolen vehicle and seized a large quantity of methamphetamine, four handguns, numerous rounds of ammunition, items consistent of drug sales, US currency, and other illegal dangerous weapons.

Additionally, officials arrested a suspect involved in a sexual assault, according to Nishida.

Those arrested during Operation Heatwave included:

The following agencies/teams participated in the operation:

  • Region 1 GTF- Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force
  • Region 2 GTF- San Gorgonio Pass Gang Task Force
  • Region 3 GTF- Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force
  • Region 4 GTF- Murrieta/Temecula Regional Gang Task Force
  • Region 6 GTF- Perris/Lake Elsinore Gang Task Force
  • Riverside County District Attorney’s Office G.I.T. (Gang Impact Team)
  • Hemet Police Department- R.O.C.S. Team (Restoring Our Community Strategy)
  • San Jacinto Police Department S.E.T. – (Special Enforcement Team)
  • Murrieta Police Department S.E.T. – (Special Enforcement Team)
  • Menifee Police Department P.O.P. Team (Problem Oriented Policing)
  • Central P.A.C. Team (Post-release Accountability & Compliance Team)
  • West P.A.C. Team (Post-release Accountability & Compliance Team)
  • East P.A.C. Team (Post-release Accountability & Compliance Team)
  • California Highway Patrol- San Gorgonio Pass Office
  • California Highway Patrol- Border Division K-9 Unit
  • Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Team- East & West Team
  • Riverside County Probation Department- AB109 Unit (San Jacinto Office)
  • Beaumont Police Department Multi Enforcement Team (M.E.T.)
  • Riverside County Sheriff’s Department- Hemet Station Investigation Bureau
  • Riverside County Sheriff’s Department- Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.)

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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