Auto Theft - Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID)
Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail R.A.I.D. is a multi-agency task force that was formed in 1993 and is currently operated out of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department under the direction of a C.H.P. Lieutenant and Riverside Sheriff Sergeant.
This task force is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Riverside Sheriff's Department, Riverside Police Department, Murrieta Police Department, Indio Police Department, NCIB, and Department of Insurance. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has also assigned a Deputy D.A. to prosecute all auto theft cases.
R.A.I.D is funded under Assembly Bill 183 that provides a registration fee of $1 for every vehicle registered in Riverside County. This is a user fee and does not impact local budget or burden revenue budgets. Revenues allocated to a county under California Vehicle Code 9250.14 are to be used to fund programs that enhance the capacity of law enforcement and prosecutors to deter, investigate and to prosecute vehicle theft crimes.
This task force was formed to reduce the incidences of auto theft that have beset Riverside County. Vehicle theft remains an epidemic across the United States and is one of the most costly property crimes in the nation. Since the formation of R.A.I.D auto theft has dropped about 25% in Riverside County. This task force has proven to be a valuable resource to Riverside County law enforcement agencies in their collective efforts to prevent vehicle theft activity, increase the apprehension and identification of individuals involved in auto theft, increase the recovery of stolen vehicles through the development of special enforcement programs and to educate the citizens of Riverside County in vehicle theft prevention.
In September 2009, R.A.I.D was bestowed the Distinguished Service Award by the Western States Auto theft Investigators Association W.S.A.T.I. for their exceptional work ethic and attention to detail in the detection, apprehension and protection of vehicle theft. R.A.I.D. is committed to serve the citizens of and reduce auto theft in Riverside County.