To our Anaheim Community:
In response to the senseless, horrific massacre in San Bernardino, the Anaheim Police Department (APD) expresses its deep sorrow for those who lost their lives and to those families and individuals impacted by this tragedy. As the various investigations proceed, APD is in regular communication with our local and federal partners to ensure we have the most up to date and accurate information to assist us in our decision-making and swift response to ensure the highest level of public safety in Anaheim. As many of you are aware, prior to the mass shooting in San Bernardino the Anaheim Police Department initiated an investigation into an apparent hate incident which occurred on December 1, 2015, in the 500 Block of South Brookhurst Street. During this incident, a damaged Quran with apparent bullet holes was left on the front door of a local business. We have been coordinating our ongoing investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Whether out of ignorance or with the intention of instilling fear among the Muslim or any other segment of the community, I assure you the Anaheim Police Department will not tolerate acts of this nature and will aggressively investigate these incidents to bring those responsible to justice. In the event you are the victim of harassment, intimidation, or violence, I encourage you to notify law enforcement immediately. We will work diligently to protect all members of our community regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or any other discriminating factor.
Given the recent events locally and abroad, I will be hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Brookhurst Community Center located at 2271 W. Crescent Avenue in Anaheim to provide the forum for information to be presented and for concerns to be brought forward. As Chief of the Anaheim Police Department, I am proud of the strong and effective relationships built on the foundation of mutual trust we have developed throughout our diverse communities. Only through our shared commitment and partnership, will we continue to maintain a safe, secure and vibrant community which celebrates and welcomes diversity. In that regard, I encourage each of you to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities or behavior. Remember, if you see something, say something. For additional information and a link to report suspicious activity locally, visit www.keepOCsafe.org. Thank you for continuing to do your part in maintaining a safe community, and I hope to see you Wednesday evening.
Sincerely,RAUL QUEZADACHIEF OF POLICE