Riverside Sheriff’s Deputy Omar Gomez was arrested earlier this week and is being accused of participating in unlawful activity while off duty.
A recent report said Gomez was arrested in Palm Springs on Tuesday and was released from custody the following day. He is currently on paid administrative leave. The investigation against Gomez was performed by the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau. At the time of his arrest he was charged with one count of possession of a loaded fire arm while under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle.
A department spokesperson confirmed that Gomez has been employed by the Riverside Sheriff’s Department since 2007. He had recently been assigned to work at the Robert Presley Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31 in Indio.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was founded in 1893 and currently has a staff of more than 3,000 men and women. It is the fourth largest agency in California and is responsible for patrolling more than 7,200 square miles. Deputies work at jails, help enforce law, perform search and rescue duties, provide police services for unincorporated areas within the county, assist with mutual aid coordination for various law enforcement resources, work within county courts and assist with emergency response needs.