Yesterday the Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) received the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Challenge award. CSAC’s annual statewide program honors innovation and best practices in county government. This year, CSAC received 284 entries – the second largest number in the program’s history. HOT was 1 of 16 others chosen to receive this prestigious award.
Since HOT’s inception, they have worked to perform an evaluation of the county’s homeless population and identified various opportunities that could break the cycle of homelessness. Their efforts include interacting on an individual level, building relationships and offering services, while overcoming the barrier between homeless and law enforcement officers.
The most significant challenge HOT faced were the limited resources within the county and the need to provide transportation to and from various services and/or programs for multiple individuals. This obligation of time was also detrimental to HOT’s commitment of maintaining personal contact in the field. It was determined that a more global approach was needed to connect the homeless with the multitude of services necessary to break the cycle of homelessness. HOT’s solution was to develop a system that delivered all involved service providers directly to the homeless population.
HOT made the decision to build a mobile outreach trailer that would provide a foundation for the various service providers to work remotely in the field. The development of this Global Outreach Initiative has fostered many relationships throughout the county, including Placerville Police Department’s integration with the Homeless Outreach Team. Together, we are working to establish a long term, sustainable model that addresses the needs of the homeless where they live and provide lasting solutions for this vulnerable population.
This morning, during shift change at our South Lake Tahoe office, a deputy noticed their loaded patrol SUV was gone from the parking lot. We immediately began to track the SUV traveling westbound on Highway 50. This information was relayed to CHP,
Placerville PD and EDSO units on the west slope. Law enforcement units got behind the stolen patrol SUV in Camino. However, the driver did not stop. Placerville PD used a spike strip to disable a tire on the stolen SUV on Highway 50 near Schnell School Road. The vehicle stopped at Highway 50 and Spring Street and the driver was taken into custody.
The suspect, Jacob Randall Wolfe, was still wearing an El Dorado County Sheriff’s baseball cap at the time of arrest. We have confirmed that no items are missing from the patrol vehicle and the gear was still locked in their appropriate areas. We have not yet confirmed how Wolfe gained access into the patrol vehicle.
Thank you to our law enforcement partners in El Dorado County who helped us quickly and safely capture this person.
Jacob Wolfe is a 30 year old man from Kentucky. Below is his booking photograph.
The funeral services for El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Brian Ishmael will be held on Tuesday, November 5th, at 10
AM. The funeral services will be held at Bayside Church Adventure in Roseville,
located at 6401 Stanford Ranch Road in Roseville, Ca.
We know that many of you will want to attend but may not be
able to. With that said, we will be providing the link to a live stream of the
services by the Candlelight Foundation. There is also a planned procession from
Roseville to Placerville.
Deputy Brian Ishmael, who was born in Placerville, will be
driven through historic Main Street at the Bell Tower at the completion of the
procession. While the procession is only for EDSO and PPD personnel, we welcome
and ask for the community, including allied agencies, to assist by lining the
streets in honor of Deputy Brian Ishmael’s sacrifice.
A map of the procession can be found at https://bit.ly/2JL1iwx with the expectation that it will leave Roseville at 12:15 PM on the 5th.