Sheriff receives grant for off-highway patrols

LOCKWOOD VALLEY, Calif. – The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Lockwood Valley Sheriff’s Station, has received a $33,000 grant from the California State Park Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division for education and enforcement.

The Lockwood Valley Sheriff’s Station jurisdictional area is approximately 610 square miles in the northern backcountry of Ventura County. This includes areas of the Los Padres National Forest and Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area. These areas include approximately 300 miles of dedicated recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails. Deputies assigned to the Lockwood Valley Sheriff’s Station regularly patrol these OHV areas and are subject to call-outs for OHV-related collisions and search and rescue calls for service.

The funds awarded will enable deputies to establish off-highway patrols in an effort to provide information and education, as well as enforcement actions as needed.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reminds anyone planning to enjoy the back country to be prepared. Ensuring your safety while operating an off-road vehicle means making sure you know how to operate your vehicle, performing safety inspections before you leave, and wearing the proper safety gear. Remember to bring extra food and water and always tell someone your plans so that they will be able to contact rescue resources in the event you do not return at your planned time. There is a “Hiking Plan” listed on the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue page that is also applicable to OHV activities. Please visit http://ojaisar.org/ to learn more.

Before you plan to enjoy the back country. Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

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