I am truly honored to represent the hard working men and women of the Rialto Police Department.
This past year was another very successful one for us. First, our PRIDE Platoon Youth Leadership Program received the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing from the California Peace Officers Association. Second, the Department received the Motorola / Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement and Innovative Programs from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Next, the Department has been nominated for the Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for 2015. This award is the nations preeminent program devoted to recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. Finally, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of our Police Volunteer Program, one of the longest running volunteer programs in the country.
As we enter 2015, we have a lot to be proud of in terms of crime and public safety. In 2013, Rialto experienced significant decreases in crime. Violent crime was down 14.93% and property crime was down significantly over 20.21%. In 2014, 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 three 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.
We will look forward to new and 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.
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 three components, prevention, intervention and enforcement. 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.”
William A. Farrar