Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney is touting a newly created position of Problem Oriented Policing sergeant after the man who filled the post solved a burglary at a Bass Lake-area school.
A spokesman said the sergeant, Larry Rich, was helping other deputies in a separate burglary investigation when he encountered Anthony Meents near Road 274 and Road 434 on Wednesday.
Rich found Meents had methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle. He then learned Meents was sought in the April 25 theft of a laptop from Oak Creek intermediate school. Rich took Meents into custody.
Varney said the position will allow the sergeant to have flexible assignments that will help solve community problems.
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“This case is great proof that the new concept will work,” the sheriff said.