I am truly humbled and honored to be the new City of Rialto Police Chief. I am very proud to represent all of the hard working men and women of the Rialto Police Department and the Community we serve.
As we enter 2016, we have a lot to be proud of in terms of crime and public safety. 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 focuses on the uniqueness of research, quality research, leadership, partnerships, and performance monitoring. In 2015 Rialto experienced significant decreases in crime. Violent crime was down 14.93% and property crime was down significantly over 20.21%. In 2015, this trend continued with violent crime down 24.42% and property crime down 20.94%; with an overall decrease in Part One Crime of 22.68%. Additionally, we are continuing to see a drop in our juvenile crime. A four year analysis since the inception of the PRIDE Platoon Program has shown that weapon-related arrests decreased 60%, violent crime arrests decreased 53%, property crime arrests decreased 26%; with overall juvenile arrests down 40%.
We will continue to focus on reshaping the Area Command model of Community-Based Policing. This highly successful program is designed to encourage open communication, enhance community confidence, and streamline the delivery of police services. As we enter 2016 the department will be enhancing the Rialto Re-Entry Support Team with two additional Police Officers. These two additional Police Officers will be a Community Outreach Team who will be working with County Mental Health, the homeless, transient and mentally ill populations within the City. The Community Outreach Team will provide assistance and transitional resources from the City, County and State. The Community Outreach Team will additionally work on Area Command Projects, Nuisance Abatements and Crime Free Multi Housing programs.
We will continue to move forward and look for new innovative projects to include a department radio show, the implementation of a new gang reduction and education program (CAL-GRIP) focusing on our youth, a new program geared towards educating our community members on the importance of keeping our neighborhoods safe by reporting crime, and focusing on school safety and youth interaction by increasing the number of School Resource Officers who are on the campuses and Police Officers who are in the classrooms teaching and interacting with our students.
We will continue to share resources with our neighboring cities (Regionalized SWAT and Air Support Programs), along with pursuing state and federal grants for police safety and emergency equipment, technology projects, school safety, youth accountability and gang reduction programs.
We will continue to utilize technology to share public safety information with our citizens including our department website; Facebook, Nextdoor, Tip411, Crimemapping.com, digital signage, media outreach, public service announcements, and high speed emergency notification systems such as NIXLE.
We will continue to embrace volunteerism and community pride; working to enhance the great programs that we already have in place. But most off all, we will continue to foster the great community relationships we have worked so hard to establish over the past several years.
We will continue to move forward as an organization, striving to become the premiere law enforcement agency in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. We understand that the fear of crime can be best reduced through the balanced delivery of policing that consists of four components, prevention, intervention, enforcement and training. In 2016 the department will enhance the Traffic Division by adding two additional Motor Officers and two additional Traffic Officers. The addition to the Traffic Division will enhance public safety through training, education and enforcement. The Traffic Division will work closely with the Office of Traffic Safety, Rialto Unified School District and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Our goal is to reduce traffic accidents, fatalities and enhance safety in and around school routes. We also recognize that maintaining community safety can only be achieved with the support and involvement of our community.
“At its core, policing is about community service. It is about making neighborhoods stronger and fostering an unwavering feeling of safety, security and community trust.”
Randy De Anda