Members of the Rialto Police Department have a lot to be proud of. In 2015, the Rialto Police Department was awarded the International Chiefs of Police “Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award” which recognizes law enforcement agencies that demonstrate excellence in conducting and using research to improve police operations and public safety. The award criteria focused on the uniqueness of research, quality research, leadership, partnerships, and performance monitoring. As a result of this prestigious recognition, other agencies (city, state, national, and international levels) look to the Rialto Police Department for guidance while embarking on similar research efforts and technology implementations, particularly as it relates to body worn camera usage out in the field.
As we enter 2016, we also have a lot to look forward to. We will continue to focus on the Community-Based Policing goals of our Area Command Program through creative approaches to problem solving, enhancing supportive services for the public and continuing to strengthen communication with our community members. Our Rialto Re-Entry Support Team (RRST) will play a key role in making this a long-term success for the City of Rialto. With the recent addition of two officers to RRST, we have begun expanding its services to include more extensive assistance to the homeless and offenders who are working towards changing their lives around for the better. We will be partnering with San Bernardino County mental health workers to supplement these services on an as-needed basis.
The Rialto Police Department continues to collaborate with residential community managers in an effort to establish and maintain safe living environments through the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. Its success, to date, can be attributed to positive relationships between members of the police department and the community which is the core principle of Community Oriented Policing. Additionally, we are in the early stages of re-launching a Problem Oriented Policing Team. This team will be headed up by RRST with primary supportive resources from the Code Enforcement Division and Crime Analysis Unit. The goal is to provide a better quality of life to citizens by proactively focusing on specific and/or recurring issues, related to repeat offenders and problem locations, in order to permanently eradicate the issue and prevent its reoccurrence.
Our department understands that traffic safety is a big concern for our citizens and we are taking strides to ensure our increased enforcement efforts have a positive impact on reducing traffic collisions and reckless drivers. At the beginning of 2016, we added two motor officers to the Traffic Unit and anticipate two more officers will be added by this summer. The Traffic Division will continue working hard to reduce alcohol related collisions and drunk drivers, enhance safety at our schools and along commuting routes as well as educate and increase community awareness regarding traffic safety.
We understand our youth will be our future leaders and that providing them with a solid foundation, early on, is instrumental to their success. Through grant funds, we are fortunate to be able to offer two outstanding opportunities to the youth of Rialto. Our award winning program P.R.I.D.E. Platoon (which stands for Pride, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Enthusiasm) emphasizes on the treatment, prevention and discipline of “at-risk” youth between the ages of 14-17, many of which are already being negatively influenced by peer pressure, drugs and gangs. Our Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (CAL-GRIP) focuses on children ages 8-13 with primary goals of mentoring, strengthening family relationships and educating youth on the dangerous of gangs and other negative influences before they make poor choices that can have lasting impacts on their lives. Through law enforcement partnerships with community organizations and other professional services, both programs provide healthy alternatives to negative behavior, build youth self confidence, teach effective communication methods, and help develop leadership skills for a successful future. I couldn’t be more proud of the dedication that our program staff members and citizen volunteers have shown to ensure the continued success of both programs.
The Rialto Police Department will continue to participate in regionalization of our SWAT and Air Support Teams providing shared resources to our neighboring cities, Fontana and Colton. Throughout the years, we have invested in technology tools and other avenues that bridge communication gaps and encourage direct community involvement with the police department such as City Sourced, Nextdoor (Virtual Neighborhood Watch), Facebook, Crimemapping.com, E-policing, NIXLE, and our Community Emergency Response Team (TEAM). We will seek out new opportunities for state and federal funding to stay on top of emerging technology as well as meet ongoing equipment and staffing demands for our organization.
Most importantly, we are moving forward as an organization, striving to become the premiere law enforcement agency in the Inland Empire that people want to join and other agencies mirror.