Ron Markegard, Captain
225 East Mt. View
Barstow, CA 92311
7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Baker Resident Post
13215 Market Street
Trona, California 93562
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Barstow Patrol Station
The Barstow Sheriff's Station was established in 1890, making it one of the oldest Sheriff's Stations in the county. Its jurisdiction encompasses over 9200 square miles and covers the largest geographic jurisdiction in San Bernardino County.
Deputy Sheriffs assigned to the Barstow Station patrol the communities of Baker, Daggett, Hinkley, Lenwood, Ludlow, Newberry Springs, Sandy Valley, Yermo, Red Mountain, and Trona. These communities vary dramatically from very remote and rural to metropolitan, creating a challenging environment requiring different types of patrol methods.
Due to the large expanse the deputies cover, they regularly assist and are assisted by the California Highway Patrol, Barstow Police Department and the Bureau of Land Management Rangers. They also work closely with the Provost Marshal's Office and the Criminal Intelligence Division investigators at Ft. Irwin and the Marine Corps Logistics Base which are both located in Barstow Station jurisdiction.
In addition to patrol responsibilities, Barstow Station deputies are also involved in many other aspects of law enforcement. Positions such as School Resource Officer, Reserve Deputy Coordinator, Acting Detective, Search and Rescue Coordinator, School Attendance Review Board Member, and Rural Crimes Task Force Member are all positions that allow deputies to become more involved and develop new skills.
Anyone interested in the opportunity to be involved in Search and Rescue would certainly enjoy working at the Barstow Sheriff's Station. The Barstow Desert Rescue Squad, based in Barstow, specializes in Mine Rescue. Some of the employees at the Barstow Station volunteer their time to be part of this special group.
Whether it's the investigation of crimes, the search for a missing person, or involvement with the community's youth, the employees of the Barstow Sheriff's Station continue to commit their best effort to the citizens living in this unique jurisdiction.
The Baker Substation is a satellite substation to the Barstow Station. It is located in the town of Baker, approximately 60 miles north of Barstow on Interstate 15. This assignment is what is known as a "resident post." Deputies assigned to Baker live there in county housing and are truly integrated with the community. In fact, it is probably the closest thing to a town sheriff of the old west. The deputies not only provide law enforcement services, they also are an involved component of the community upon which the citizens come to rely.
Baker is also unique in another aspect. Since it is located on Interstate 15 and is frequently used by travelers as a rest stop, the daily population fluctuates dramatically. As one deputy put it, "it is like a city of 5000 people, only the people change every hour."
As you can imagine, this environment can be challenging for the deputies assigned there. As a result, the Baker Deputies work closely with the California Highway Patrol. This is of mutual benefit to both agencies, who are frequently confronted with problems associated with large numbers of the traveling public. Stranded motorists, lost persons and traffic collisions are just a few of the many issues these officers face on a daily basis.
Tourists that are traveling to popular destinations such as Las Vegas and Death Valley can be sure that dedicated law enforcement officers are patrolling the most remote of locations to provide assistance when called upon to do so.
The Trona Substation is a satellite substation to the Barstow Station. It is located in the town of Trona in the Searles Valley. The corporal and two patrol deputies assigned to this "resident post" handle calls in the many small desert communities in the northwest corner of San Bernardino County. The Deputies are truly part of the community and also represent the county as some of the few county employees assigned full time to serve the residents in this area. Sheriff's Volunteers from the Trona Citizens on Patrol assist the deputies in making this a better spot to live and work. Trona is Community Oriented Policing in action. The deputies are involved in the many community events that occur throughout the year.
The Searles Valley is one of the richest deposits of minerals in the world and home to one of the largest taxpayers in the county (IMC Chemical) that runs three large industrial chemical plants. There is also a power plant and private railroad to serve the valley and plant operations. During the second weekend of each October, the local Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society hosts a Gem-O-Rama that more than doubles the population of the area. People come from all over the world for this event.
Because of the remote area, the deputies often work with other agencies (including but not limited to the CHP, Ridgecrest PD, Kern SO, Inyo SO, State Fish and Game, BLM, China Lake PD, State Parole, and the Park Service from Death Valley) to successfully handle the many tasks needed to keep the area safe.
Deputies often have contact and assist tourists and visitors from other countries who are in the area. In addition to being on the route from Death Valley (the lowest point in the US) to Mt. Whitney (the highest point in the continental US) the area also is home to the famous Trona Pinnacles.