Bear Valley Police
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The Bear Valley Police Community Advisory Panel was created to advise the Bear Valley Chief of Police from a community perspective on matters related to community engagement and relations, public education, and other matters requested by, or in consultation with the Chief in order to enhance police-community relations and improve community trust.
The Bear Valley Police Community Advisory Panel is made up of volunteer community members who are active in the Bear Valley Springs community. Group members serve three-year terms, with individual terms expiring in alternating years to allow both fresh perspective and continuity within the Panel each year.
This community engagement-focused group is made up of residents that represent several existing groups and associations throughout Bear Valley Springs and provides opportunity for community members to engage directly with the Chief of Police on issues faced by all Bear Valley Springs community members
“The Police Community Advisory Panel will help enhance our existing relationships with the community and build new relationships. By doing that, we improve our ability to provide the level of service the Bear Valley Springs residents deserve.” — Chief Dan Suttles
- The group will follow the Districts Mission and Vision
- The group will respectfully seek to understand the varying perspectives on public safety and its impacts on the community
- The group will recognize that it acts strictly in an advisory capacity to the Chief of Police
- The group will act only as a group, and there is no individual jurisdiction granted to any single member
- The group will rely on data (quantitative and qualitative) to inform its discussions and recommendations.
- The group will recognize that the Bear Valley Police Department does not control the entire criminal justice and/or public safety system, and will keep discussions and recommendations focused on the scope of control of the Bear Valley Police Department
- The group and its members must follow any applicable statutory rules as they relate to the subject matter being dealt with
- There is no transfer of authority, administrative accountability, or legal responsibility assigned or delegated to the group
Members of the group and alternates appointed by the Chief of Police through the application process must be:
- Residents of Bear Valley Springs
- Age 18 or older (except for the appointed youth member)
- Willing to commit to regular attendance at meetings
Members and alternates appointed by the Chief of Police through the application process must pass a background check before final appointment. Members and alternates may not simultaneously be running for or holding public office.
The youth member must meet the requirements of the youth application process.
Members may not have been convicted of a felony in the last ten years. Individuals with a felony conviction that is more than 10 years old or who have a misdemeanor conviction may be considered for appointment on a case-by-case basis. No member may be on supervised status or pretrial release, have active warrants for their arrest, or be a registered sex offender.
In the inaugural meeting of the Bear Valley Police Community Advisory Panel, the group discussed the expectations of the Chief and the responsibilities associated to being a member of the Panel. The members of the Panel are representatives of various groups, clubs and associations throughout Bear Valley Springs; therefore, each member has the opportunity to communicate community concerns directly to the Chief of Police. With this opportunity comes the expectation that the members will communicate the topics discussed back to the community members they represent.
Briefing from the Chief
The Chief briefed the Panel on relevant legislative bills that, if passed, could affect policing throughout the state. The bills discussed were AB 742 which would prohibit the use of police canines and AB 93 which would prohibit an officer’s ability to conduct a search despite the consent of the individual.
The Chief also briefed the Panel on a recent Officer Wellness grant that all California Police Agencies received. The Bear Valley Police Department received a grant of $15,000 for the purpose of improving officer wellness and expanding mental health resources. The Chief is currently coordinating efforts of other local agencies to best utilize these funds.
In this portion of the meeting the Chief asks the Panel to take a topic back to the community members they represent. In this meeting the Chief asked for feedback on where the residents would like to see the
speed radar machines placed in an effort to calm driving behaviors throughout Bear Valley Springs.
Briefing from the Chief
· In this meeting the Chief asked the panel members to remind the groups and associations that they represent that the old window stickers utilized to gain entry into the gate will no longer be accepted after July 31, 2023.
· The Chief explained to the panel the plan to change some of the signs at the front gate. The signage at the front gate will be changed in an effort to simplify the information being relayed to drivers as they approach the gate and to minimize the redundancy of information that currently exists.
· The panel was asked to make sure their organizations were aware of the phone number to the non-emergency line for police services, which is 661-861-3110. The panel was reminded that the Kern County Sheriffs Dispatch Center answers our residents calls and will dispatch BVPD officers to calls within BVS.
· The Chief asked each organization to submit an alternate panel member to attend meetings if they were not able to make it.
· The Chief briefed the panel members on the locations the speed radar machines will be placed in the near future. One will be placed on Jamaica Dunes and the other will be set up on Bear Valley Road near Coyote Court.
· The Panel discussed the process utilized to set speed limits in BVS and the requirement for an Engineering and Traffic Survey.
Public Engagement Opportunities: The Chief asked the Panel to share the dates of events that their respective organizations are planning. It is the goal of the Chief to attend himself, or have an officer attend, community events in order to live up to his pledge of building positive relationships with the community.
File a police report:
If it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non emergency calls for service, call 661-861-3110
Crime Report Requests
The Bear Valley Police Department’s Records Manager is responsible for maintaining all police records, including crime reports generated officers.
Crime reports are protected by California Government Code Section 6254(f), also known as the Public Records Act, which dictates to whom, and under what circumstances, copies of crime reports may be released.
The Public Records Act dictates law enforcement make available to the victim (or their representative) copies of crime reports for certain types of crimes, redacting any information the law declares they are not entitled to receive.
The Bear Valley Police Department is prohibited by law from releasing juvenile reports, any reports related to suicides or death, mental health holds/commitments, sexual assaults, and elder abuse. The release of such reports requires a court order.
To request a report, print the attached form (also available at the Police Department) and deliver the completed form to the Police Department. Most police reports are available 10 days after the incident date.
- Crime Report: $10 per report
- Traffic Accident Report: $25 per report. No charge if requester is involved in the event.
Bring the vehicle to the Police Department for verification.
- VIN Verification Fee: $10 per verification
Bring the citation and the vehicle which was cited to the Police Department during business hours.
- Citation Sign-Off fee: $10 per sign-off
- Vehicle release $100
Administrative Citation Payment
Administrative citations can be paid at the District Office at 28999 S. Lower Valley Rd
Vacation Home Patrol Check
VIPS and Officers will make every reasonable effort to monitor your home daily during your vacation.
Unused and expired prescription medications present a public safety hazard. These medications, when thrown into the trash, can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. To combat these problems and provide residents with a safe means of disposing of medications, the Bear Valley Police Department has installed a safe medication disposal drop box in the lobby of the Police Department. The lobby is open to the public 24/7.
Medications collected through the program are periodically disposed of through a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
What is accepted?
- Unused or expired prescription medication
- Over-the-counter medications
What is not accepted?
- Illegal drugs
- Lotions or liquids
- Aerosol cans
- Hydrogen peroxide