The Ridgecrest Police Department diligently strives to ensure the safety of the citizens and guests of the City of Ridgecrest. Today, our capabilities were put to the test and as Chief of this department, I am proud of the members of this agency and the members of this great community who stood up to the challenge. As a result of the series of earthquakes that have hit our community since 10 am this morning, numerous sustained emergencies from fires, downed power lines, mobile homes knocked off their foundations, and unsafe structures, quickly inundated area emergency services. Allied law enforcement agencies within Kern County, the California Highway Patrol, and San Bernardino County, responded to assist our efforts. Kern County Fire and members of CAL-OES brought several teams to the area as well.
Our combined efforts were able to stabilize the rapidly evolving situations. All while dealing with continued aftershocks of the earthquake. Our community’s safety is our upmost priority. As such, officers from numerous law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the Ridgecrest neighborhoods to assist with any emergency situations that may arise. Moving forward, we remind our community to stay alert and be proactive with
helping your neighbors.
Jed McLaughlin, Chief of Police