Sheriff, CHP prepare for busy weekendDan McDonald
They will be on the roads. You will see them patrolling the lakes. They will even take part in our local parades.
For police officers in Plumas County, the long Fourth of July weekend is easily their busiest time of the year.
Just about every California Highway Patrol officer and Plumas County Sheriff’s deputy will be on duty. The sheriff even plans to call on his reserves.
“We will very likely quadruple the county’s population over the course of the Fourth of July weekend,” Sheriff Greg Hagwood said. “And there’s really no significant difference in my available staffing for this weekend than there is any weekend of the year.”
The sheriff will have boats patrolling the county’s major lakes – Davis, Frenchman, Antelope, Bucks, Little Grass Valley, and multiple boats on Lake Almanor.
He said the boat patrols will last well into the evening hours.
The CHP will also double the number of officers on patrol – increasing from two or three officers per shift, to five or six.
CHP Commander Joe Edwards said, like most CHP offices, there will be officers watching for drunk drivers.
“There is a higher occurrence of fatalities due to DUIs during the July Fourth holiday,” Edwards said. “So we are hoping that by letting folks know we are going to be out there, they will remember before they jump in a car ... and have someone else help them out.”
Edwards, who used to do bicycle patrol, said he wants to implement that style in Plumas County. The many Fourth of July events in the area provide the perfect opportunity to bring out the bikes.
“I’ll be out there on a bicycle helping with traffic control,” Edwards said. “I love doing that.”
Edwards said the local CHP will be helping out at eight to 10 events in the county. He said many of the officers who aren’t on duty will still be lending a hand and taking part in biking and other athletic events.
“We want to support the community in every way possible,” Edwards said.
“This is fun for us. This is our chance to celebrate. With all the events that are going on, it’s the highlight of our year. And it personifies why we are all here. It’s because we live in the greatest place and we have great people here.”
Both Edwards and Hagwood plan to ride in some of the community parades. When asked what they will be riding, both