Program had been suspended since spring
September 23, 2011 1:00 PM
Beatriz Valenzuela
Staff Writer

After nearly five months and a full policy review, the ride-along portion of the Sheriffs’ Explorer program has been reinstated with some changes, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said Friday.

“There are limitations on the hours and number of times each week and month that the Explorer can ride,” Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, said in an emailed response. “They are responsible for keeping a log of their activity and getting approval for the different activities they participate in.”

The ride-along portion of the program was suspended in May after two deputies, including one from the Victorville station, were arrested for having sexual relations with female Explorers.

According to Bachman, parents will now play a larger role in the program. They will be required to approve their child’s assignments along with the station’s Explorer program coordinator and watch commander.

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