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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Date/Time:    Friday, April 11, 2014

Incident:    Sheriff investigates the mistreatment of inmates at West Valley Detention Center

Location:    West Valley Detention Center


San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon has ordered an internal investigation into allegations of mistreatment of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center by members of the department.



On Wednesday, March 5, members of the Sheriff’s Department command staff received information regarding possible misconduct by department personnel at the West Valley Detention Center and immediately launched an investigation. As department officials delved into the issue deeper, they learned of a similar inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). By Thursday, the Sheriff’s Department and the FBI were in full cooperation in order to ensure a comprehensive investigation is completed.



The FBI is the primary investigative agency in regard to any possible criminal charges.



As of April 8, 2014, three deputies assigned to the West Valley Detention Center are no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Department.



The law prohibits the release of details regarding personnel investigations and the Sheriff’s Department can not release the names of involved parties.



“I will not tolerate any misconduct by department personnel,” San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said. “These allegations are being taken very seriously and this department is determined to get answers.”



The investigation is ongoing, and no further information can be released at this time.   




Refer:              Public Affairs Division


Phone No.:      (909)387-3700

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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