The City of Highland saw its diverse population exceed 53,664 in 2013 with continued residential growth planned in the east end of the city and business growth throughout. Since its incorporation in November of 1987, the geographic boundaries of the city have increased to over 18.9 square miles, completing all plans for expansion.
Highland residents generally have a strong sense of community, as is evidenced by the number of residents who regularly volunteer their time, both to the city and to the Police/Sheriff’s Station. Reserves also oversee the success of Operation Santa Clause, which over the course of two evenings allows for literally thousands of local children to get a glimpse of Santa at the Holidays. Reserves also provide security at all local community events such as the Citrus Harvest Festival, Discover Highland Night, the YMCA Annual Run, and many other local functions.
Citizen Volunteers also play an essential role, providing extra-patrol to local residents and businesses while assisting patrol personnel at the scenes of major traffic collisions, crime scene perimeters, and assisting at many local community events. The stations 58 member Citizen on Patrol contingent also plays an integral role in supporting the Neighborhood Watch Program. Last year our citizen volunteers donated almost 10,000 hours of their time to the station and the citizens of Highland. Station Explorer Scouts also assist in these endeavors and play a very active role in the station.
The City of Highland has chosen to contract for its law enforcement services through the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since its incorporation. The station is currently staffed with 32 sworn officers (which includes 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 5 Sergeants, 3 Detectives and 22 patrol deputies), as well as 9 non-sworn civilian employees (which includes 1 secretary, 4 clerical personnel, 3 Sheriff’s Service Specialists and 1 Motor Pool Assistant).
The Highland Station is the busiest station within the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in terms of calls for service, arrests per deputy, and reports per deputy. The quality of personnel assigned to the Highland Station is exceptionally high and personnel take great pride in their ability to accomplish our goals both efficiently and effectively. Station deputies are heavily involved in local schools, youth sports activities and participating in community programs which brings cops and children together.
Highland Station boasts its participation in many innovative Community Orientated Policing (POP) programs and Neighborhood Watch, just to name a few. The POP officer deals primarily with recurring problem locations within the community and works closely with Code Enforcement and other departments within the city. In addition, they also manage our Positive Change not Spare Change Program, which helps the homeless population find resources as well as educating the community on resources available to the homeless.
The Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) officers’ job is to address recurrent serious criminal major offenders, parolees-at-large, felony probationers, sex offenders, tracking criminal gang activities and assisting in the prosecution of gang members as well as other serious criminals.
As part of the Sheriff’s contract, the station, its personnel, and the community have access to an impressive array of specialty resources offered by the Sheriff’s Department these include: Narcotics, SWAT, Arson-Bomb, Crimes against Children, Homicide, Scientific Investigations/Crime Lab, Aviation, Volunteer Forces/Search and Rescue, Major Accident Investigation Team and more.
Whether dealing with schools, churches, community groups, service organizations or crime prevention and suppression, the staff of the Highland Station continually looks for better ways to serve the community and provide law enforcement services to the citizens of Highland today and for the future.