Sheriff candidate's second run stops in Barstow
Schrader only opposition to incumbent McMahon so far
BARSTOW • The only candidate so far to challenge San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon’s election bid in 2014 recently spoke in Barstow.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy Paul Schrader, who lives in Rancho Cucamonga, addressed a group last Thursday at the Sizzler restaurant on Main Street.
Schrader has 30 years of experience in city, county and federal law enforcement, according to his website. He unsuccessfully ran for sheriff in 2010 against former Sheriff Rod Hoops.
“Well, what I did was I told them about my campaign,” Schrader said Friday, speaking of his address to locals where topics varied from the Second Amendment to community outreach.
Among his views, Schrader said he opposes gun buyback programs because “the government isn’t in the business of buying back guns” and he said statistics don’t support the program’s purpose of reducing crime.
He said he’s also a staunch supporter of bridging the divide between law enforcement and the public, including working with youth and religious groups to identify problems specific to their communities.
“Some problems we have in Chino Hills aren’t the same problems we have in Victorville,” he said.
Schrader also said he would bring back the K-9 program and more effectively manage department resources by eliminating the need for deputies to physically respond to reports of lesser crime, such as stolen cell phones or bicycles.
Those type of crimes often take up too much of a deputy’s time and should be reported by phone or online, he said.
Schrader called Thursday’s turnout “very diverse” and expressed plans to speak again in Barstow.
“I really love the people up in Barstow,” he said. “Good people. Very excited.”
Schrader’s opponent, McMahon, was appointed sheriff when Hoops retired last December. It will be his first run for elected office.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.