In order to investigate and combat auto theft in Fresno County, the Sheriff's Office has assigned three detectives to the Help Eliminate Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) Task Force. These detectives not only handle follow up investigations, they are part of a pro-active team that identifies auto thieves and the locations stolen automobiles are taken.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Fresno County Sheriff's Office (FCSO), the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the Clovis Police Department (CPD) have teamed up to combat vehicle theft in Fresno County. Personnel currently dedicated to Fresno H.E.A.T. include one (1) CHP Lieutenant Commander, one (1) CHP Sergeant/Supervisor, ten (10) investigators/detectives from the CHP, FCSO, NICB, and CPD. Many allied agencies, programs, and support personnel from the various participating agencies work hard in a variety of different capacities to make it a successful operation.
Fresno H.E.A.T. proactively identifies, investigates, and arrests vehicle thieves. This has been a proven and effective method for success. Vehicle theft, like other crimes, will never be completely extinguished. However, it is law enforcement's responsibility to ensure this illegal and destructive crime is not allowed to flourish in our community.
The mission of Fresno H.E.A.T. is to reduce the incidents of economic auto theft within Fresno County through proactive, sustained, and strategic implementation of known and accepted methods of vehicle theft enforcement and investigation.
The strategic objectives of Fresno H.E.A.T. are as follows:
Sergeant Jonathan Alvarado