Thursday, December 31, 2009
Like oh-so many others, I'm a Facebook user; some would call me an addict. Inspired by Facebook status updates and wall posts viewed over the winter holiday season, I find myself reflecting on the intersections between Facebook and crime-prevention.
Status Update #1. "Leaving tomorrow for our two-week cruise! So glad the whole family will get to spend time together. Woot!" Sure, I know we are supposedly posting for our "friends" on Facebook, but really, how well do you know your 592 friends? Perhaps I'm just paranoid, but I don't think it is a good idea to proclaim: "This week would be a good time to break into our home because we'll all be away!"
Status Update #2. "Locked myself out of my house and can't find that stupid rock with the key in it -- guess it really does a good job of camouflage! LOL" Um, thanks for letting us all know you do, in fact, have a key to your home hidden somewhere in your yard. That information might come in handy next time my hooligan teen -- who sometimes reads my FB page over my shoulder -- decides he needs some haul to take to the local pawn shop. [Side bar: Does anyone else find the image of the celebrating thug in the window of AJ's Super Fast Cash Pawn disheartening? Is this really the constituency AJ hopes to nurture?]
Wall Post #1. "Hi Suzy! Can you please send me a copy of the wedding announcement? My address is [insert details here]." TMI! This post came compliments of a 60-something relative. I wish she had used the "Send message to" option to keep her information a bit more private. Then again, this is the same relative who posted a snarky message about her son's ex-wife as a comment on her own wall -- evidently forgetting the ex-wife is a FB "friend"!
Go forth and use your social networking tools responsibly!
* May 2010 be filled with community *
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Lt. McDonald will host the next Area Commander meeting, which will focus on policing issues north of Holt and west of Garey. All are invited to attend, regardless of the location of residence.
Tuesday, January 12
7 - 8:30 PM
Location to be announced
Send your questions and concerns about the northwest quadrant of our fair city to Lt. McDonald. You can reach him at 909-802-7493 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 23, 2009
If you would like Lt. Hitt to address particular concerns during the meeting, contact him directly at:
Monday, November 16, 2009
The following announcement just appeared in my e-mail inbox; I figured others might be interested...
Assembly Member Norma Torres,
Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico
Select Committee on the Safety and Protection
of At-Risk Communities in California
for a discussion on
"Gangs 2.0: The Emerging Threat of Cyberthugs"
The Use of Technology in Gang Recruitment and Related Illicit Activities
Thursday, November 19, 2009
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Ontario Police Department
2500 S. Archibald Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Four Pomona men sleeping in garage with stolen property to face burglary charges
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
(Those of us who can't make this event will want to note the alternatives for supporting Santa Cop -- second to last paragraph of the announcement.)
SANTA COP PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The Pomona Police Department will be holding their annual Santa Cop Pancake Breakfast to raise funds to purchase toys for the children in need in Pomona. You can enjoy breakfast for $4 or you can bring a new, unwrapped toy. Breakfast will be served at the west parking lot of the Pomona Police Department located on the corner of Mission Boulevard and Park Avenue between 7:30am and 10:00am on Thursday, November 5.
Residents and businesses can assist the department by dropping off new, unwrapped toys at the station or at other drop off sites at the Pomona Public Library at 625 S. Garey Avenue, or Pomona City Hall at 505 S. Garey Avenue. We will also accept cash donations or gift cards to Mattel, Toys 'R' Us or Walmart.
Businesses can request a collection box by calling Community Programs at (909)620-2318.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
While out and about celebrating Halloween, I noticed a surprising trend: the sexy civil servant costume.
I saw multiple hottie cops (with particular density at Santa Fe Outlets), a sexy corrections officer (with her inmate in tow), a feisty fire fighter, and a particularly striking CHiP officer. Alas, the sexy county registrars and DAs were absent from the circles I floated in last night.
Shall we chalk this one up to a swell in civic pride?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
A. Cpl. Haggerty introduced our newly appointed chief of police, Chief Keetle, and other
members of the command staff.
B. Northeast Area Commander Alex Rilloraza defined the borders of the Northeast quadrant (East of Garey, North of Holt) and described the many ways to reach him (the online reporting system, phone messages, e-mail). He also introduced his partner in crime prevention, Carlos Hernandez from the Crime Prevention Unit.
C. Cpl. Haggerty announced that Pomona received a federal grant from the Department of Justice for a Weed & Seed North Program. This five-year program seeks to “weed” communities of criminal elements, then “seed” these same communities with programs and resources to improve the lives of residents. Weed & Seed North will include the area south of the 10, north of the railroad tracks, east of Mills, and west of San Antonio. Reports from individuals who participated in the Weed & Seed South program, now in its 4th year, suggest this program has a history of success in Pomona.
The Weed & Seed North program is looking for residents who are interested in helping develop the program. Call Cpl. Haggerty to express interest (909) 620-2318.
D. Senior Dispatcher Cindy Sawyer described the system the PD uses to prioritize calls to the emergency and non-emergency numbers. Briefly, the priority codes are:
- Priority 0 – Immediate response needed, imminent death is likely.
- Priority 1 – Critical calls for service needing an immediate response.
- Priority 2 – Do not require an immediate response, but need to be handled as soon as possible.
- Priority 3 – Generally not critical in nature and may be reports of crimes or incidents that occurred some time ago.
- Priority 4 – Grey area. Priority 5 and 6 calls can be bumped to Priority 4.
- Priority 5 – Party calls.
- Priority 6 – Call types for city call out crews, parking and code enforcement-related calls.
Sawyer also shared some tips for those of us who call dispatch:
- Use 911 for real emergencies. Use (909) 622-1241 for non-emergencies.
- Describe what has happened and where.
- Answer all questions as best you can.
- The dispatcher will ask you for your name and number. They do this so they can call you back if more information is needed and/or to give you status updates. It is OK to decline to provide this information.
E. Area Commander Alex Rilloraza then responded to questions and concerns brought to his attention since the last meeting. In particular:
- Montvue Signs – I’m not sure what this concern was (I wasn’t at the last meeting about this quadrant); Rilloraza assured us signs are present, saying we can “put this one to rest.”
- Prostitution on Holt – ongoing efforts include prostitution stings, extra patrol by beat officers and motor officers.
- Traffic enforcement at Palomares & McKinley – Over 20 stop sign violations were observed and sited.
- Narcotics sales locations under investigation
- Lots of gang bookings – they showed a cool hot spots map; I’ll try to get a copy to post.
F. Terri Baker provided an update on the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. This is a crime prevention program targeting apartment complexes; the program is designed to reduce calls for service and to retain good tenants. This month the program really kicks into high gear with an 8-hour training for property owners and managers.
G. Community Service Officer Carlos Hernandez provided a short lecture on the prevention of fraud and identity theft.
H. Sgt. Marcus Perez from the Gang Unit described the scope of the unit’s activities (vice, narcotics, gangs, prostitutions, details at the liquor stores and bars). The unit includes four officers, two detectives, and two analysts. He shared some impressive success stories of the unit’s collaborations with property owners to boot tenants involved in criminal activity. Call them with questions or concerns: 909-802-7474.
- Red Ribbon Week. Join the kick-off festivities on Thursday, October 22nd. 9AM – 11 PM at the Pomona Civic Center.
- The Santa Cop program is gearing up for toy distribution, slated for December 15th and 16th. Keep an eye out for boxes around town where you can drop off new unwrapped toys. The Crime Prevention Unit welcomes volunteers to help wrap the gifts, too. Contact Carlos Hernandez to volunteer (909) 620-2318.
- The next Area Commander meeting is slated for Tuesday, November 10 (I’m not sure which quadrant will serve as the focus). The next meeting to discuss the northeast quadrant is tentatively slated for February 9.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
7:00 - 9:30 PM
Willie White Park & Community Center
3065 Battram, Pomona CA 91767
Candidates who will be there:
Adreienne Konigar Macklin
Nancy Ann Matarrita
Candidates not attending:
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
See you there!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Late last week on my way home from work, as I drove along Holt from Indian Hill to Reservoir, I counted four prostitutes and one john (I'm guessing there were other johns, but I only saw one pulled over so a gal could jump into his HUMMER). Granted, late afternoons are a peak time for prostitution activity, but...c'mon...we're talking less than three quarters of a mile. That's a lot of for-pay-bootie.
Yesterday, around lunch time a gal was meandering along the south border of Garfield Park checking out cars and approaching those that pulled over to "ask for directions." Geez.
What gives? Perhaps the Montclair PD just upped its policing of prostitution east of Mills along Holt, inviting the "vendors" to shift even more into Pomona's jurisdiction?
I hate that our community is blighted by crime; I especially hate that this stretch of Holt is blighted by such visible crime (afterall, vendors in this business can't make much of a profit if folks don't know they're selling). From what I understand, neither prostitutes nor johns tend to live in Pomona, yet our tax dollars go toward policing and prosecuting the crimes. Argh.
If you see any hooking along Holt, please call dispatch.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
My chain of thought went something like this: Why haven't we heard any updates from PD concerning the shooting. What if they are gang related. Hmm. Wasn't there going to be a community meeting about Pomona gang activity? Oh no! That meeting was tonight! Oh no! I missed it. Oh no, I missed my chance to hear from the PD about these issues.
Sad but true -- last night's Area Commander meeting, which I totally forgot about and obviously did not attend, focused on Pomona Gangs. Any chance anyone who was there reads this blog and would be willing to pen a guest post?
I'm chalking this one up to "Not yet into the swing of a new semester." As a reminder, the next police-community meeting is slated for Tuesday, October 13, 7PM, Council Chambers. Topic: Fraud.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Might Pomona make use of such a model to help address prostitution on Holt? Pros? Cons?
Here's a story from CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/27/tennessee.john.school/index.html)
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- The accused came from all walks of life: Retirees, dads and twentysomethings. An engineer, a business owner and an auto worker. A man in a wheelchair. Men in need of Spanish or Farsi translators.
About 40 men somberly entered a classroom on a recent Saturday morning. About half of them wore shiny wedding bands.
All had tried to buy a prostitute's services and were caught by police. It was their first offense, and a county court referred them to a one-day program called the John School. It's a program run by volunteers and city officials in conjunction with Magdalene House, a nonprofit that works to get prostitutes off the streets.
"Prostitution doesn't discriminate," said Kenny Baker, a cognitive behavioral therapist who is the program's director. "Most of these men don't have a prior criminal history, so our goal is to help these folks understand why they put themselves in a bad position, to prevent it from happening again."
Set in a church in Nashville, Tennessee, the John School is led by former prostitutes, health experts, psychologists and law enforcement officers who talk to -- and at times berate -- the men about the risks of hiring a prostitute.
Prostitution is based on the law of supply and demand. The thinking is: Women won't stop selling sex until men stop buying.
So Nashville and a growing number of cities are shifting their focus from locking up suppliers to educating buyers. Across the country, about 50 communities are using John Schools. Atlanta, Georgia, and Baltimore, Maryland, are among dozens more cities that plan to launch similar programs by the end of the year.
"It will make them [offenders] see that this is not a victimless crime, and they are contributing to the exploitation of women," said Stephanie Davis, policy adviser on women's issues at the mayor's office in Atlanta. "It's hurting them, the man, and it's hurting their families and its hurting the community."
No comprehensive effort has been made to track the numbers, but experts estimate 1 million to 2 million prostitutes work in the United States. The FBI's 2007 Uniform Crime Report lists about 78,000 arrests for prostitution and commercialized vice, but experts say those numbers are extremely conservative because many sex workers and johns aren't caught.
Experts add that easy accessibility to prostitutes and pornography on the Internet are feeding the problem.
In most communities, prostitution has been a one-sided battle focused on the women who offer sex. Their customers, when they are arrested, are usually cited for a misdemeanor and fined.
By comparison, prostitutes are often charged with more severe sentences and jailed for months, depending on the offense.
But in Nashville, the johns' faces are shown on a police Web site.
For decades, Nashville battled prostitution by arresting women on the streets and through stings. Still, the problem persisted, irritating business owners and residents.
In the early 1990s, Nashville's mayor helped launch the John School with the help of the Magdalene House, public defenders, prosecutors and police officers. Nashville became one of the first major cities in the U.S. to focus on the customers, predominantly men.
Only first-time offenders who solicit an adult are eligible for John School. Johns who pick up minors are not eligible and face much tougher sentences.
"If you get caught again and you get me, I will guarantee to put you in jail," warned Antoinette Welch, a local prosecutor, in speaking to the men in the class. "I've had men cry to me that they will lose their jobs or their wives, but you're all grown up and you make your own decisions."
The men listened carefully as Welch talked about their records; many had not yet told their wives or significant others about their arrest.
If the john pleads guilty, pays a $250 fee and completes the course without re-offending, the charge can be dismissed after a year. The money paid by the john goes to Magdalene House; the program doesn't cost taxpayers any money. John School models in other communities may differ.
A woman who called herself Alexis, a 35-year-old former prostitute with dark hair and bright blue eyes, spoke to the men as the class came to an end. Four years ago, she left the streets and now works at a factory.
By the age of 10, Alexis had learned to barter with sex with her stepfather. In her 20s, she found herself hooked on drugs and selling her body. She was arrested more than 80 times. She was hospitalized after someone shot her on the job.
As she told her story, the men were silent. A few blushed, while others stared at the floor.
"These gentlemen are no different than I was on the streets," she said. "I think everyone has to look at the void they are trying to fill."
One john, a father of two with salt-and-pepper hair, found himself near tears after Alexis spoke. In July, he tried to pick up a prostitute through Craigslist. He said he was depressed and having problems with his wife.
"I'm so embarrassed," he said. "These girls are somebody's daughters. I have a daughter."
Some evidence suggests that John Schools are working. A study released in 2008 by Abt Associates Inc. for the federal government looked at the John School program in San Francisco, California. It's one of the largest programs in the country; more than 7,000 johns have attended since 1995.
According to the study, the re-arrest rate fell sharply after the school was launched, and stayed more than 30 percent lower for 10 years afterward.
But critics call John School a slap on the wrist. On Saturday, one john abandoned the classroom.
Carol Leigh, a member of the Sex Workers Outreach Project, a group that promotes legalizing prostitution in California, said she doesn't believe the program is an effective deterrent. Last year, she helped advocate on behalf of a law known as Proposition K that would legalize prostitution in San Fransisco. The proposal was rejected by the city.
"John School doesn't do that much," said Leigh, who has worked as a prostitute. "The reality is they aren't spending that much time on the johns and they will just go to other venues. This also doesn't target the violent offenders who are the real problem."
Melissa Farley, head of the nonprofit group Prostitution Research and Education in San Fransisco, believes johns deserve stronger punishment like longer prison sentences.
A recent study she conducted among johns in Chicago, Illinois, found that 41 percent of them said John School would deter them from buying sex, compared with 92 percent who said being placed on a sex offender registry would scare them from re-offending.
Nashville officials said they haven't tracked recidivism rates in their city, but the school's program director said it's probably deterring a third of the offenders in each class.
At least one college educated, 47-year-old john's attitude appeared to change on a recent Saturday.After class he wrote, "There is no good part. I would rather be with my wife. This was quick but it wasn't worth it."
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I love the idea of a "crime free addendum" to lease agreements. I've heard property owners complain about the difficulties they've encountered trying to boot ne'erdowells prior to the end of a lease agreement. This addendum seems like a great solution.
I’m glad to announce the launching of a new crime prevention program and give you some information behind its start.
In March of 2008, Pomona City Council recommended direction to establish a Crime Free Multi-Housing Program within The City of Pomona. Efforts via the Housing Department and Police Administrative Services were initiated to begin the formal process.
Crime Free Multi-Housing is specifically designed for property owners and managers to reduce crime on rental properties. The program's success rate is widespread and its concept has grown nationally and internationally as well. CFMH works with active management and uses proven crime prevention methods and training to reduce illegal activity on rental properties. To learn more on the program's concept and benefits, please see the attached brochure.
The CFMH program will be coordinated through the Code Compliance Unit of the Pomona Police Department. Program support will be necessary from city resources, so we are asking for your support and cooperation as this program gets underway. Please note, this program is funded via CDBG and Federal Weed and Seed grant sources. A pilot program in
Crime Free Multi-Housing Coordinator
Code Compliance Unit
Friday, August 14, 2009
From the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
Girl, 13, arrested in Pomona prostitution sweep
The four-hour sweep took place at various locations along east and west Holt Boulevard starting at 7:30 p.m.
An undercover Pomona police officer solicited suspected prostitutes for sex acts in exchange for money.
The people arrested included women from as far away as Compton and Long Beach. They ranged in age from 13 to 46-years-old, police said.
One of the suspects was a parolee who was wanted back into custody. Police discovered one of the suspects was in possession of methamphetamine.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday August 11th- Crime Prevention Topic “Cyber Bullying”
Lt. Hitt / CSO Salcido
Tuesday September 15th- Crime Prevention Topic “Pomona Gangs”
Lt. McDonald / CSO Ibanez
Tuesday October 13th- Crime Prevention Topic “Fraud”
Lt. Rilloraza / CSO Hernandez
Tuesday November 10th- Crime Prevention Topic “Drug Effects”
Lt. Guzek / CSO Carrigan
Tuesday December 15th- Crime Prevention Topic “Graffiti”
Lt. Hitt / CSO Salcido
Tuesday January 12th- Crime Prevention Topic “Theft”
Lt. McDonald / CSO Ibanez
Tuesday February 9th- Crime Prevention Topic “Burglary”
Lt. Rilloraza / CSO Hernandez
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Did you know Pomona is home to a line dance club? Did you know they created a line dance called the Pomona Shuffle? If only I had a video camera! ...
Much love in the air for the icons of the LA County Fair (what are their names?)...
Representatives from the Vietnamese Community of Pomona Valley...
Carrie Cruz, the Emergency Services & Risk Coordinator for Pomona, shares earthquake preparedness insights...
Pomona City Council members Soto and Lantz...
Home Depot sponsored a flower-planting booth for the kiddos...
The inflatable climbing wall was a huge hit...
Lots of places to register for prizes, get information, and learn about community offerings...
I tried taking a photo of members of the SWAT Unit. Alas, that one turned out really blurry; I bet they have a jamming device ;)
The Police Department's Mobile Command Center...
Here are the submissions for the flier design contest for next year's National Night Out. See what you think...
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Lt. Hitt will facilitate the meeting. To the extent you are able, please let him know ahead of time what questions or issues are on your mind. Doing so will allow him to look into your concerns before the meeting so that he can provide concrete answers at the meeting. You can reach Lt. Hitt at 909-802-7495 and email@example.com
Now for a personal plea. When raising concerns, please be as specific as possible. Having sat in on about six of these meetings, I'm stunned by how often people say things like, "There's this weird corner in our neighborhood where people just hang out. Have the police talked to these folks? What's that about?" Often speakers don't provide addresses, times, etc. It seems to me totally unreasonable to expect the police to be able to respond to such vague concerns. So, for the sake of our city, please bring to the table as many details as you can.
Monday, August 3, 2009
As a reminder, National Night Out is tomorrow night -- that's Tuesday, August 4. This event, intended to celebrate community and police partnerships across the land, kicks off at 5PM and ends around 8PM in the Pomona Civic Center (southwest corner of Mission and Garey).
Free raffle prizes. Hot dogs & soda for $2. K-9, SWAT, Traffic Units. Kids corner (last year's event boasted a really impressive bounce house).
Stew and I plan to arrive around 5:30. See you there?
Today's image from: overlandparkcrimewatch.com/Events/NNO_2006/NNO%202006.htm
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
[Begin quoted text.]
THE CRIME PREVENTION UNIT HAS MOVED!
The Crime Prevention Unit has moved to the second floor of City Hall, located at 505 S. Garey Avenue, Pomona. The office will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All telephone numbers will remain the same.
If you have any questions please call Crime Prevention at (909) 620-2318.
Michael Ellis, Sergeant
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
"From June to now, we had 9 CFS regarding a subject walking his dog off-leash and in Garfield Park in the evening hours (between 2100 and 2300). This subject apparently would then yell to his dogs to try to get them to come to him which caused residents to get upset in the late hour. Officers responded to all calls for service but were unable to locate the subject with the dogs. Patrol officers conducted extra patrols but never observed the subject in the park. I had Officer M. Rodriguez go out to the residence at 529 N. Reservoir this month and he spoke with a subject who admitted taking his dogs off leash to the park during the nighttime. Officer Rodriguez explained he could not let his dogs run around unleashed at the park and the park closed at sunset. Rodriguez warned him that if he was caught allowing his dogs to run off-leash in the park he would be subject to a citation. This subject was very cooperative and stated he would stop doing this."
Please keep in touch with your Area Commander. Let her or him know of any concerns you have in your neck of the woods. She or he will get back to you with the relevant information. For those of us in the Northeast quadrant, Lt. Rilloraza is our guy. He can be reached at 909 802-7494 and AreaCommander_Northeast@ci.pomona.ca.us.
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Violent weekend in L.A. County
By Ari B. Bloomekatz
July 27, 2009
A man killed in a frontyard in Maywood. A 16-year-old shot and killed in El Monte by police after a car chase. A man killed during a reported home-invasion robbery.
It was a violent weekend in Los Angeles County, authorities said.
In the first of the string of violent deaths, a 16-year-old youth, described by authorities as a gang member, was shot and killed Friday by a Baldwin Park police officer who believed the young man was reaching for a gun, authorities said.
The shooting followed a police pursuit of a reported stolen vehicle that ended in the 11200 block of Mildred Street in El Monte.
After officers stopped the vehicle, the youth, who was later identified as Jose Ramon Jimenez of La Puente, and another youth got out and ran, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the shooting.
An officer who was chasing Jimenez fired four shots when he thought the youth was reaching for a gun, authorities said.
A handgun was recovered from the scene where Jimenez was shot.
In Pomona late Friday night, police who responded to a call of shots fired in the 500 block of McKinley Avenue found 34-year-old Emilio Moncayo suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Paul Hitt of the Pomona Police Department.
Moncayo died from his injuries, Hitt said.
A shooting in the 9000 block of Stanford Avenue near 90th Street early Saturday morning left at least one man dead and another wounded during a possible home invasion, authorities said.
Police said two men broke into a single-family home about 2:13 a.m. and shot two men, one of whom later died.
The incident may have been gang-related, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman.
Luis Flores, 66, was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in the 2000 block of El Segundo Boulevard after getting into an argument with another man, authorities said.
Flores was shot and killed outside a residence where cockfights are held, a coroner's official said.
About an hour later, a man was shot and killed in the 2500 block of East 132nd Street.
The man was standing on the sidewalk with two other men about 3:45 p.m. when a car pulled up and someone inside fired an assault weapon, according to the Sheriff's Department.
The two other men standing on the sidewalk were not injured, authorities said.
In Maywood, a man who was standing with his family in the frontyard of a home in the 3700 block of East 55th Street was shot and killed about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Authorities said a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in the 3700 block of Foster Avenue in Baldwin Park.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Suspicious? We thought so, so we called dispatch. Cruisers arrived to the park within a minute or two and talked with someone in the park. I went to bed, hoping the meandering fella found either Jonathan or some common sense.
As the sign on the house says, we report all suspicious activity.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Two females walked into the victim's front yard where the dog was playing with the victim's children. Supsect #1, who is described as a Hispanic female, 5'3", 150 lbs., brown eyes, brown hair, 30-40 years old,
picked up the dog and walked up to a vehicle that was parked to the front of the residence. Suspect #2, who is described as a White female, 5-6", 160 lbs., brown eyes, brown hair, got into the driver's seat of the
vehicle and drove away.
Witnesses were able to get the license number and description of the suspect vehicle. The vehicle is a 2006 Chrysler 300, black with tinted windows, license number 5SIG581. Attempts were made to contact the
registered owner of the vehicle, but met with negative results. The dog is a 4-month old blue-nosed pit bull who goes by the name of "Pookie."
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Over the past few months neighbors in the Garfield Park area have been in touch with the city via Councilperson Lantz concerning updates in the park.
The city initiated one of the hoped-for updates a couple weeks ago: a sand volley ball court. The workers dug a hole, put up the yellow caution tape, hauled in sand, and installed posts for the net.
This evening's entrance into the neighborhood revealed a fully "staffed" volley ball game taking place on the new court. What a delightful scene!
If you're on the market for a lovely sand volley ball court, consider the south end of Garfield Park. I'm not sure if the net stays with the posts or if players have to bring their own net; I'll keep an eye out over the next few days and will report back.
Other anticipated updates include new playground equipment (up to code and everything!), a basketball half-court, the removal of a strange little building, and up-lighting to show off the statue of the Goddess Pomona. Looking good, Garfield, looking good.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I. We heard (again) about the Area Commander concept. If you don't already know about it, check out previous posts labeled "SARA Meetings." The facilitators circulated yet another new handout complete with new e-mail addresses for the commanders and new pairings of Community Service Officers with quadrants. I had no idea we had a new CSO until tonight, and I'm told the change took place a month ago. At any rate, I'll request an electronic copy of the handout for the blog.
II. I was very pleased to see Spanish language translation at the meeting. The translation service clearly played a role in making it possible for people to participate in the meeting who could not have participated in an English-only meeting.
III. Participants raised a bunch of questions about ne'erdowell neighbors who drink all day, smoke various substances all night, and generally manage to intimidate others on the block. The only real action point suggested by PD is the usual: keep calling dispatch. I was surprised by the PD's responses to these concerns -- not a single mention of the value of organizing with others in the community (well, no mention until I asked whether a CSO could speak to the role a Neighborhood Watch group could play in addressing such concerns). I think the PD missed a big opportunity here to plug Neighborhood Watch and to explain the role of the Crime Prevention Unit.
IV. Other issues raised: whether it is appropriate to request a Spanish-speaking officer when calling dispatch (answer: yes, but one may not be available), how to get pitted alleys repaired (answer: communicate with the Director of Public Works), and how to get parking lines repainted (answer: again, Public Works).
V. I was disappointed to hear a resident from the Northwest quadrant say he has heard nothing about a concern he filed at last month's meeting. This evening he was told to initiate another complaint; this response took the wind out of my sails. I thought the whole purpose of the Area Commander Meetings was to make sure residents and PD could benefit from two-way communications. At least in this case, it seems the guy was asked to go through the motions a second time, having seen no benefit from his earlier efforts to share information. Argh.
VI. Community Service Officer Sonia Carrigan offered a brief presentation about identity theft.
VII. Crime maps for the past month were available in hard copy. I will e-mail the Crime Prevention Unit to request pdfs for blog posting. Stay tuned.
Great Campout at the Fairplex
Friday, July 31st
For Pomona school students 9 - 12 years old
Free food, activities, door prizes.
All campers will receive a free sleeping bag.
Police supervision all night for a safe and fun event.
All campers MUST pre-register by Friday, July 19th. To pre-register, call 909-620-2408.
This event is hosted by the Pomona Police Department, The Community Engagement Group, City of Pomona Recreation Department, and the LA County Fairplex.
Monday, July 13, 2009
The text from a letter sent out by the Crime Prevention Unit appears below. If you're a creative artsy type, your talents could win a BBQ event for your neighborhood:
June 25, 2009
Dear Neighborhood Watch Members:
On Tuesday, August 4, 2009, Neighborhoods across the Nation will be hosting block parties, socials and neighborhood gatherings to recognize National Night Out. National Night Out (NNO) is a nationwide crime prevention campaign that reminds residents to take a stance against crime, be good neighbors, join Neighborhood Watch groups, in turn, send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized against crime.
This year Pomona Police Department is encouraging all Neighborhood Watch Groups to join us for our annual celebration at 400 Civic Center Plaza from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will still have our contest!!!!
How to win the BBQ dinner for your NW Group: Develop a winning flyer that will be used to promote next year’s (2010) NNO event. The flyer should be festive and convey the spirit of National Night Out. Entrees should be on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and should outline your theme/ideas for 2010’s NNO celebration (be creative).
How to win the “Ice Cream Social” for future meeting: All early registered Neighborhood Watch Groups will be placed in a drawing and one (1) group will be selected in a random drawing to win an “Ice Cream Social”.
We also have great prizes donated by local businesses. Only registered Neighborhood Watch Group members are eligible for NNO drawing.
As you can see, this year’s NNO plans are just a little different from last year’s celebration. We truly want groups to uniquely celebrate and promote this special evening that depicts Neighbors helping Neighbors to Fight Crime. The City of Pomona would like to show it’s appreciation for the outstanding service you provide in improving the quality of life for all citizens. Come out and join the fun!
All entrees for the contest and early registration forms must be submitted by Friday, July 24th . Mail your forms to: Pomona Police Dept.
Attn: Crime Prevention Unit
490 W. Mission Blvd.
Pomona, Ca 91766
Saturday, July 11, 2009
If you live East of Garey and South of Holt, you will want to attend this month's community meeting with the Pomona Police Department. The meeting is slated for Tuesday, July 14th at 7 PM in Council Chambers. The Watch Commander for this quadrant of our city will discuss issues specific to this area. That's right, this meeting offers residents a chance to talk to _the_ person in charge of supervising and coordinating policing efforts in this area.
Of course, all are invited and encouraged to attend, even if you live in one of the other fair quadrants of our city!
Friday, July 10, 2009
National Night Out
Tuesday, August 4th beginning at 5:00 PM
Pomona Civic Center
I had a great time last year -- food, demos, information, and lots of neighbors.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Pomona Heritage is hosting its annual picnic this Saturday from 4 - 6 PM at the Palomares Adobe. 491 E. Arrow Hwy (at Orange Grove)
If you're not already a member, consider becoming a member (family memberships are only $30) yet this week so you can get some rockin' deep pit barbeque pork and beef, tortillas and drinks. Members with last names beginning with A - O are asked to bring a dessert for 12; members with last names beginning with P - Z are asked to bring a salad or side dish for 12. Please call to RSVP (they have to know how much barbeque to throw in the pit): (866)833-4086
The adobe will be open for touring!
So, let's do the math. For the price of a $30 membership, a family of four can enjoy an amazing meal plus a tour of a gorgeous local landmark plus -- if the spirit moves you -- you can meander over to the park to kick your heels up at the skate part (or lawn bowling field). Deal!
For information on how to become a member, check out the Pomona Heritage website. The website says you have to send in your member info, but I'm guessing (and this is a total guess) that if you showed up to the barbeque with the information and cash in hand you'd be able to sign up on the spot. Can anyone confirm this hunch?
Monday, June 22, 2009
Last night and this morning I received two separate reports of folks “hanging out” in our neighborhood. I, myself, have also seen an increase in foot traffic of folks that do not appear to live in the area – not the normal walkers we see on a daily basis, perhaps checking things out?
In one instance, two of our neighbors were taking a walk and saw one fellow looking (“suspiciously”) down the alley at
In the other instance, on the 300 block of
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
" Hi Stew,
The Pomona Eagles are having a K-9 dinner on June 18th to purchase another dog for the Police Dept. The menu is baked chicken, vegetable, mashed potatoes & gravy and a roll.
Dinner is from 5 to 7 PM, cost is $7.00. "
Ed left out that the Eagles are located at 954 W Mission Blvd,Pomona, CA 91766, (909) 622-9160.
I've been there Monday nights for Taco and had a great time.
Love 'Ya, Pomona!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Sure, I'd like to believe this is the case. But for some reason I suspect the absence of snazzy little icons representing everything from graffiti to homicides has more to do with process rather than data.
Does anyone know where the data are? Or, shall we start paying tribute to the goddess who oversees our fair city for bringing a wave of calm? How long has the map been down? Or I am just map-challenged and can't figure out how to work the darn thing? (Admittedly, the interface has changed a couple times and it isn't the easiest tool to use -- availability of data does not equate to accessibility of data in this case.)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Now, here's the really exciting part, Lt. Rilloraza stands ready to address any concerns you bring to his awareness. All you have to do is let him know about the concern before the meeting so he can pull the information he needs to provide as thorough a response as possible. How do you contact him, you may ask? You've got options.
1. You can leave a detailed message at the Watch Commander desk: 909-620-2151.
2. You can leave a comment here and I'll forward any comments received by Friday, June 5 to Lt. Rilloraza.
3. The flier distributed by the PD announcing this meeting offers another mechanism for improving communications, but -- ironically -- it is unclear whether they recommend this mechanism for communicating with our Watch Commanders or just contacting the city in general. I suspect the latter, but can't figure out why the info would appear on a flier about the former unless it is in fact relevant. So, here goes:
Go to www.ci.pomona.ca.us
Go to Need City Assistance?
Select the appropriate topic
Scroll Down and Fill in the Form
Then submit it...
Friday, May 22, 2009
Citizen Academy Flier
Citizen Academy Application
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Brian Day from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that two suspects have been arrested for the murder of Roberto Marie Romero on Glen Oak Ave. The two suspects and the victim were all West Covina residents. The article offers no explanation for why the killing took place on a Pomona street at 5AM. Perhaps the convenient access to freeway on- and off-ramps?
Thanks to the Pomona PD and the other agencies that worked on the arrests. If you were a DB reader a couple of years back, you might remember that the DB published a rather unflattering critique of the homicide clearance rate for Pomona PD.......................I know it will never happen, but wouldn't another article be nice.
Take a look at the full story for a list of other cuts (including library cuts). The story reminds us, yet again, of the importance of buying from local businesses when possible -- sales-tax revenues matter.
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Police: The Police Department will take one of the biggest hits in terms of personnel reductions. It will need to eliminate a total of 34 positions, 16 of which are non-sworn and 18 sworn. The 18 positions are vacant spots that will remain unfunded, but could be filled if economic conditions improve, Chamberlain said.
Among the sworn positions cut are an assistant chief post and a lieutenant in charge of internal affairs. The responsibilities would be shifted to the chief of police.
A number of the non-sworn positions have made it possible for sworn personnel to concentrate on policing activities, and losing those positions will require officers to pick up some of those tasks and give others to remaining civilian personnel, acting Police Chief Dave Keetle said.
Efforts are under way to sell the older of the department's two helicopters.
A newer air craft, which was purchased last year, would be grounded to save money, Keetle said.
Another option would be to reduce costs by having the city become part of a regional program designed to provide police helicopter services to various departments, he said.
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In your neighborhood.
Who you gonna call?
Sure, call Ghostbusters if you're on the market for a little paranormal elimination.
If, on the other hand, you would like to share your crime concerns with a Lieutenant, are looking for information about crime in your area (including following up on a concern logged previously), or are interested in learning how to start a Neighborhood Watch, then call your friendly neighborhood Area Commander or Community Service Officer (CSO).
Who are these fine folks?, you might ask. Six CSOs serve as the liaisons between the community and the police department. These are your "go to" people for all sorts of community organizing and program needs (e.g., National Night Out, arranging a police visit to a school to talk about stranger danger).
Check out the map below to find out who the CSO is for your area. Then call or drop an e-mail to introduce yourself. I've met three of the CSOs thus far; they are a knowledgable and approachable bunch. Let them know how they can support your efforts to bite crime and build community.
Each of the four Area Commanders are in charge of coordinating the policing efforts in a specific quadrant of our city. Pick up the phone and call your Area Commander (see map below) to raise a concern (e.g., "We're really worried by all the people going in and out of that vacant building. Can someone look into it and get back to me?"). What?! Ask an Area Commander to get back to you? How forward!
Indeed. In fact, Acting Cheif Keetle explained during a recent community/PD meeting that one of his goals in developing the Area Commander model is to make sure every one of us has a single person on the PD to touch base with when we have concerns about crime in our neighborhoods and when we need to follow up on issues raised previously (vs. bouncing from person to person in hopes of finding the gal or guy who is able to answer your question).
The four Area Commanders will meet regularly with the public -- residents of their quadrant and everyone else -- to respond to concerns, offer updates on special initiatives, etc. The next such meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 9th at 7 PM in Council Chambers. Lt. Rilloraza will respond to any concerns he's heard about in the area North of Holt and East of Garey. So, call him with your concerns and then show up to the meeting to hear what he can tell us.
(I'm curious to know if anyone else has the Ghostbusters theme song cursing through their noggin.)
Lt Commander Areas
CSO District Map May 2009