Retired Calif. motorcycle deputy patrols his community for free

The 22-year veteran helps patrol the streets despite the patrol’s disbandment in 2009

By PoliceOne Staff

HEMET, Calif. — Despite retiring, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Scott Shafer still patrols the streets, The Press Enterprise reported. 

Since the disbandment of the motorcycle patrol unit in 2009 due to budget issues, traffic enforcement is only actively done in Hemet one day a week.

Chief Dave Brown said his patrol officers focus on crime and only pull over drivers for dangerous situations. Officers regularly let people go with a warning due to their heavy workloads.

That’s when 54-year-old Shafer came aboard to help. After hearing complaints about traffic troubles, the 22-year motorcycle patrol veteran volunteered to make the streets safer.

“If everybody did one thing, we could get the city back to the way it was,” he told the publication. “This is the one thing I can do.”

Shafer patrols four days a  week. Combined with the one-day a week patrol by the department’s community service officer, Shafer and the RCSD create a visible presence that they hope will slow drivers down, Brown told the news site.

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