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Posted on: December 30, 2017

Year in Review: A Message from the Acting Chief

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As 2017 comes to a close and we look forward to the coming year, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the incredible work performed by the members of your Anaheim Police Department.  As 2018 approaches, we remain committed to the safety of our residents, visitors and businesses; and to secure vibrant and thriving neighborhoods throughout the community we serve.  Toward that end, our efforts will continue to focus on the following priorities:


Back to Basics

Renewed focus on APD’s core mission of delivering prompt, high-quality emergency response; investigation of crime; and crime prevention.

  • Anaheim Police personnel responded to approximately 200,000 calls for service this past year, providing public safety, emergency response, criminal investigation, crime prevention and community service to the city’s 360,000 residents, its business community and over 22 million annual visitors.  In partnership with the community we serve, overall Part 1 Crime through November 2017 is down 2% over the same time period last year.
  • The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, led by the Anaheim Police Department, continued their efforts at combatting the scourge of human trafficking and assisting victims of this horrific crime.  In all, 284 victims received assistance from the Task Force partners, 74 of whom were minors.  The Law Enforcement component of the Task Force made numerous quality arrests of human trafficking suspects, many of which will result in life-sentences for the defendants.  Just four of the sentencings which occurred in 2017 resulted in state prison sentences of 31 years, 10 years and four months, and 23 years to life, and 233 years to life.  All will also be required to register as sexual offenders for the remainder of their lives.
    The Orange County Family Justice Center, now in its 12th year of serving survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and sexual assaults investigated approximately 3700 cases in 2017. ocbus
  • Through the end of November, APD officers seized 173 firearms during encounters in the field and follow-up investigations, 40 of which were seized from gang members.  Each one of those firearms could have been used in another crime of violence. guns


Internal Focus

Conscious effort toward establishing, building upon and strengthening internal relationships; commitment to improved communication; development of personnel.

  • Recognizing that our employees are the resource delivering on our collective mission, we have refocused during the past year on the professional development of our staff.  APD personnel have attended the FBI National Academy, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College, the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and Anaheim’s own Public Safety Leadership Academy.


Community Connection

Ensure that the fundamental role we fill in the community serves to strengthen our capacity to reduce and prevent crime while promoting trust and confidence in our Department.

  • Created and developed from Mayor Tait’s vision to provide a pathway to sobriety for those who take the initial step and come forward seeking assistance, our Drug Free Anaheim collaborative assisted 223 people struggling with addiction.  This unique program, based on the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is the first of its kind on the west coast. drugfree
  • Our Homeless Outreach Team, in collaboration with CityNet and other non-profits, was able to find permanent and supportive housing for 257 homeless individuals from January through Christmas.  We continue to work to address this complex social issue through a combined approach of outreach offering a variety of services and enforcement of applicable laws when criminal violations are committed.  A fundamental tenet of our approach is collaboration; leveraging the combined resources of regional law enforcement, our partnering City Departments and community-based organizations toward a permanent resolution.
  • In addition to their regular duties, throughout 2017 APD employees once again looked for ways to give back to the community. One example involves Sgt. Daniel Gonzalez, who in March heard about a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s sergeant battling cancer and in need of a bone marrow donor.  Sgt. Gonzalez organized a Bone Marrow Drive which raised over $4000 for the sergeant and brought in 138 new donor samples.  This was one of the highest donor samples received in any single marrow drive. bonemarrow
  • During Christmas, the APD Gang Detail sponsored nine severely disabled adults in the Adult Development Program.  Detail personnel selected ornaments with gift wishes from each of the program participants and then filled the wishes out of their own pockets, enabling the participants to enjoy a meaningful and special Christmas surprise.
  • Our Traffic Section routinely holds Child Safety Seat inspections.  Throughout the year, the Traffic Section inspected 252 child safety seats and replaced 117 car seats for families in need.  All of the seats were bought with money raised through fund-raising efforts generated by the Traffic Section, including an annual car show and other interactive events.  carseat


These selfless acts offer a sample of the many ways our employees make a difference in the community they serve and we look forward to working together for an impactful and successful 2018.


Stay tuned for monthly updates in the coming year.


Sincerely,


Julian Harvey

Acting Chief of Police



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