By Lt. Marlaina Dernoncourt, AA/Public Information Officer
California State Prison, Solano

The Rotary Clubs of Solano County recently honored the men and women who have dedicated themselves to providing law enforcement, protection and other public safety functions to the people of the county. One of those honored is a Correctional Officer.

As a continuing expression of the community’s appreciation, the 10 clubs hosted an awards banquet to recognize those with outstanding performances in law enforcement.

From left are Chris Arthur, Associate Warden Central Services, and Correctional Officer Lance Higby.

From left are Chris Arthur, Associate Warden Central Services, and Correctional Officer Lance Higby.

Among those honored was California State Prison, Solano, Correctional Officer Lance Higby. He has been with the department for 25 years and has been instrumental in maintaining the safety and security of the institution, its inmates, and staff, as well as the community.

During the year, Officer Higby demonstrated a high work ethic far exceeding the standard, according to prison officials.  Officer Higby currently works as a Vocational Industries Officer and is constantly searching inmates, buildings, fence lines and common areas.

In February 2015, while conducting his duties in the level II industries, Officer Higby searched the Fiber Optics building and discovered an inmate in possession of a state lap top computer. Officer Higby confiscated the computer and turned it into the information systems office.  It was discovered that the computer was never compromised due to Officer Higby’s quick discovery.

On April 16, 2015, Officer Higby, while conducting a perimeter search of level III industries, discovered a breach of the fence beneath tower 11. Specifically, a hole had been cut in the fence. Officer Higby discovered a PVC pipe 3.5 inches by 26 inches with capped ends was in between the fences. The fence was de-energized and Investigative Services Unit (ISU) staff retrieved the PVC pipe. Inside the pipe they found five cell phones, 5 pounds of tobacco and several thousand sheets of rolling papers. Upon further search of the Metal Fabrication area, 20 more cell phones were found, hidden inside a locker with a false bottom, discovered by ISU K-9 staff.  After even more searching, Officer Higby found two empty PVC Pipes were in a large trash bin. This entire search was initiated when Officer Higby discovered the breach in the fence and the PVC pipe.

On May 18, 2015, while conducting an inner perimeter search of the level III industries, Officer Higby found four large (64 ounce) coffee ground containers.  Inside the containers were 10 cell phones, 471.6 grams of marijuana and a digital scale.

These discoveries have been instrumental in assisting in keeping contraband out of the hands of inmates.

Officer Higby has also found syringes, tattoo guns, tattoo ink and needles during his daily searches.