First arrest by POP

Less than one week after being assigned to a newly created Problem Oriented Policing (POP) position, Sergeant Larry Rich arrested a suspect for a burglary to Oak Creek Intermediate School, as well as for possession of methamphetamine.

Rich was assisting patrol deputies and a detective search for another burglary suspect in the Bass Lake area when he encountered Anthony Meents near Road 274 and Road 434. Rich spoke with Meents and found him to be in possession of methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle. Rich was then informed by other deputies that Meents was wanted in connection with an April 25 burglary at Oak Creek Intermediate School, where a laptop was stolen from a classroom. Meents admitted to the burglary and was ultimately arrested for possession of methamphetamine and the burglary.

Sheriff Jay Varney created the new POP sergeant position with flexible assignments to supplement existing patrol and investigations resources, and to be able to focus efforts on particular problems in the community. This POP sergeant position is designed to have a problem solving focus and Sheriff Varney plans to expand the program if it produces the positive results that are expected.

“This case is great proof that this new concept will work,” Varney said. “With additional resources, teamwork, and motivated employees, this program will produce great results and make our community a safer place.”

- Staff report