$80,000 grant to enhance Menifee traffic services programs, fund enforcement operations

Menifee, Calif., — The Menifee Police Department today announced that they were awarded an $80,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The grant will help roll out a new police traffic services program intended to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community, according to Menifee PD officials.

The goal of the OTS Grant Program is to prevent serious injury and death resulting from motor vehicle crashes so all roadway users arrive at their destination safely. Using Federal Highway Safety Program funds, the OTS partners with political subdivisions throughout the state to address California’s highway safety needs at the state, county and local level and awards grants to law enforcement agencies that submit for traffic related programs funding, supported by local crash data and other relevant information that demonstrates a specific need for funding.


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OTS grants are typically awarded for education and enforcement programs related to alcohol and drug impaired driving, distracted driving, emergency medical services, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian safety programs, and related traffic enforcement operations.

With their recently awarded grant funding, Menifee PD will be implementing a police traffic services program to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community.

“Poor driving habits, including intoxication, speeding and cell phone usage are causing senseless loss of life,” says Menifee Police Department Chief of Police Pat Walsh. “This funding allows us to increase our traffic enforcement efforts, with the goal of reducing serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads.”

Menifee PD’s grant will pay for education and enforcement measures, along with enforcement operations including:

• DUI checkpoints and patrols specifically focused on suspected impaired drivers.
• Enforcement operations focused on suspected distracted drivers in violation of California’s hands-free
cell phone law.
• Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations focused on driver behaviors that put vulnerable
road users at risk.
• Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop
sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.
• Community education presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, DUI, speeding,
and bicycle and pedestrian safety.
• Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired
Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

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Funding for this grant program, which will run through September 2022, was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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.