California sheriff: Admitting Jaycee Dugard foul up was the right call (watch video reports)
MARTINEZ, Calif. – Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf shocked people last year when he admitted his department should have located Jaycee Dugard much earlier.
One year after that news conference, Rupf said making that admission was the right thing to do.”Government is supposed to serve people and if government fails in that service, it’s the responsibility of those who govern to stand up and say we made a mistake,” said Rupf.Last year, just two days after the discovery of Jaycee and the arrests of the Garridos, Rupf said a deputy had contact with Garrido about three years earlier, but did a poor job of investigating and failed to realize Dugard might also be at the home.”We made contact with Garrido in the front yard of his home. The responding deputy determined there was no criminal behavior. Organizationally, we should have been more inquisitive, more curious and turned over a rock or two,” Rupf said last year.Rupf was equally blunt one year later, criticizing other agencies for not doing a better job.”The federal government, who we’ve still not heard from, had an overriding responsibility. They failed in that effort. The state parole (department), when (Garrido) was transferred from Nevada to California, failed to properly supervise him,” said Rupf.Rupf also insisted his department is better equipped to handle these situations in the future.”What we have done is try and change systematically how we do our business. We contact virtually every 290 (sex offender) registrant that lives in our jurisdiction. now, if one of our officers is dispatched to any address in our jurisdiction, that’s within a mile of a 290 registrant, he’s alerted to that. this new mindset causes him to look for those rocks that I want turned over,” Rupf said.
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