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Sheriff's deputies work overtime on holiday weekend

Short-staffed department was busy, with 93 traffic stops, 20 citations and 101 calls for service. 41 people were booked into jail over the weekend.

The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office increased staffing in anticipation of the influx of people coming into county for the Fourth of July holiday, and the City of Hollister’s motorcycle rally.  

"Due to our low staffing levels, it was necessary to bring deputies in on overtime to protect the community we serve in the unincorporated parts of San Benito County as well as the City of San Juan Bautista," said Captain Eric Talyor, who said the total amount of overtime hours expended during the weekend were 75 hours for patrol deputies, 142 hours for correctional deputies, and 44 hours for reserve deputies.  

"Both Friday and Saturday nights, we placed undercover deputies in unmarked cars to assist the Hollister Fire Department in the detection and enforcement of fireworks violations," Taylor said. From July 3-5, deputies were involved in 214 activities including 93 traffic stops, 20 citations, and 101 miscellaneous calls for service.  

"The traffic stops were a result of our directed enforcement aimed to make the county roads safer during the higher volume of traffic," Taylor said. "Our patrol deputies also supported the Hollister Fire Department by responding to seven calls for illegal fireworks."  

Deputies also responded to five calls for large parties in the unincorporated county area,  made 11 arrests for various charges, and cited seven people for possession of illegal fireworks -- including a mortar and 26 “bricks” of firecrackers.

"Our jail was busy too," Taylor said, "handling 41 total bookings over the three-day weekend."

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