The goal of the Justice component of the Anaheim Community Anti-Graffiti Effort (ACAGE) is to enhance the effectiveness of the justice system as it relates to the prevention and prosecution of graffiti related crimes.
How is the City attacking the problem of the adults writing graffiti? What are the consequences for adults?
There are several arrest procedures, depending on the level of the crime (misdemeanor or felony), the age of the offender, and whether the crime is gang graffiti or tagger graffiti. The following is a list of different post arrest procedures:
Adult misdemeanor (anything under $400 worth of damage) tagger: Adult misdemeanor tagger graffiti arrests are usually booked at the Anaheim Police Station. However, the arresting officer has the option to issue the offender a citation and release them at the scene.
Adult felony (anything over $400 worth of damage) tagger: All adult felony tagger offenders are booked at the Anaheim Police jail and sent to court on the second court day after arrest.
Adult misdemeanor gang: Adult misdemeanor gang graffiti arrests are usually booked at the Anaheim Police Station and sent to court the next day. NOTE: All gang graffiti charges are reviewed for possible criminal enhancement upgrades to felonies.
Adult felony gang: All adult felony gang graffiti offenders are booked at the Anaheim Police jail and sent to court on the second court day after arrest.
All court convictions can include one or more of the following punishments:
Monetary fines including restitution
Probation and/or Parole time
ACAGE has identified specific goals that can strengthen the justice system as it relates to graffiti related crimes. These goals are:
1. Evaluate the use of diversion programs.
2. Analyze the use of judicial orders to restrict access by graffiti offenders to specific locations.
3. Revise the Graffiti Reward Program to improve community participation in the apprehension of taggers.
4. Require parents of convicted minors to assist in the removal of graffiti or supervise their child's removal
5. Expand the ability to link past and present crimes to enhance punishment of repeat graffiti offenders.
6. Enhance the effectiveness of the tools available for law enforcement to prevent graffiti.
7. Ensure appropriate punishment and restitution is achieved for graffiti offenses.
8. Create an information packet to give to victims of graffiti.
The Justice committee has been successful in completing several programs and activities. Click here to learn more.
- Evaluating the benefits of requiring community service hours, monetary restitution, or both in diversion programs.
- Investigating charging a fee for those doing community service pursuant to a diversion program or court order.
- Creating a program to allow the Chief of Police to divert juveniles to Anaheim work programs prior to referral to OC probation and Juvenile court.
- Expanding the use of Stay Away orders for graffiti offenders.
- Ensuring the courts are issuing search and seizure orders during sentencing.
- Creating an Anaheim Police Department Training Bulletin to advice officers of the Stay Away order program.
- Contacting other jurisdictions to determine the effectiveness of various reward methods.
- Increasing the capability of the City's Tidemark software to track all graffiti tags, damages incurred and removal costs.
- Surveying other jurisdictions to determine effective measures that could be employed in Anaheim.
- Disseminating all applicable code sections to patrol officers to enhance field officers' ability to reduce graffiti.
- Exploring the possibility of dedicating a District Attorney to felony and juvenile crimes.
- Exploring the possibility of adding a dedicated Probation Officer to the Graffiti Task Force.
To learn more about the Justice component of ACAGE,
please contact: Sgt. Juan Reveles at 714-765-1448