Hemet Officials Seek to Speed Up Security Improvements

The Hemet City Council will vote Tuesday on an emergency measure that would speed up the approval process to better secure city properties following a string of recent attacks.

The Council will consider a resolution that would give the city manager the power to order "any action required to harden city facilities" without the need to go through a open bidding process.

Hemet police have been the target of several recent attacks. In late March, four city code enforcement trucks were torched in the Hemet City Hall parking lot.

On March 5, a member of the Hemet/San Jacinto Gang Task Force found an explosive device attached to his unmarked patrol car when he pulled into a filling station in Hemet.

On Feb. 23, a member of the task force opened a gate at its headquarters and was nearly struck by a bullet discharged by a homemade "zip gun," rigged to fire when the gate moved.

Dec. 31, someone rerouted a natural gas line into the task force's headquarters building, setting the stage for an explosion.

While the Vagos motorcycle gang has been rumored to be behind the crimes, police have not confirmed that they are suspects.

Police, however, have stopped short of blaming any one organization or even conceding that all the acts have been related.

On Monday, a fire damaged a mobile home used for police training. Police were investigating but it did not appear to be linked to the previous attacks.

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