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FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT 2 0 0 7 A nnua l Re p ort Fresno Police Department | 2007 1 FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT 2007 Annual Report Published by the Ofﬁce of the Chief of Police 2323 Mariposa Mall Fresno, California 93721 www.fresno.gov/fresnopolice 559-621-2000 2 2007 | Annual Report Fresno Police Department | 2007 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS Mayor’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 City of Fresno Vision, Values and Objectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Chief’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fresno Police Department Vision and Mission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Crime Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 A year in the News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mardi Gras Shooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Use of Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Eric Santos Collision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Dodge Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Patriotism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Administrative Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Personnel Bureau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Internal Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Grants Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Planning and Research. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Regional Training Facility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Patrol Division. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Southwest Policing District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Central Policing District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Southeast Policing District. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Northeast Policing District. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Northwest Policing District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Policing District Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Support Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Crimeview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Youth and Employee Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Information Services Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Grafﬁti Bureau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Investigative Services Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Special Units Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Help Eliminate Auto Theft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Street Violence Bureau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Crime Scene Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Family Justice Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Criminal Investigations Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Special Operations Division. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Communications Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Trafﬁc Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Air Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 K-9 Highlights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Homeland Security / Community Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Training Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Explosive Ordinance Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Special Weapons And Tactics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Fresno Police Department Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 4 2007 | Annual Report From the Mayor MAYOR SPREAD I am extremely pleased to say that the City of Fresno is home to the ﬁnest Police Department in the Nation. The Fresno Police Department has seen great successes during this past year. Our city has reached a 43 year low in the crime index and the department’s continued commitment to trafﬁc safety has continued to result in fewer accidents and safer streets within the City of Fresno. Our police department has continued its vigilance in removing criminals from the streets by cracking down on gangs, with a special focus on Bulldog gang members, thanks to the successful efforts of Operation Bulldog. In addition, the West Fresno Tactical Team was formed to further combat crime in our city. With unrelenting dedication and determination, our city will continue to become a safer place to live. I know that the Fresno Police Dapartment will never waiver in their determination and service to the community. Alan Autry Mayor Fresno Police Department | 2007 5 City of Fresno VISION A culture of excellence where people get the best every day. VALUES ACCOUNTABILITY: We take responsibility for our actions. COMPASSION: We care about and respect people. TRUST: We believe in one another. INNOVATION: We seek new and creative ways to improve our business. TEAMWORK: We work together to achieve our vision. OBJECTIVES Customer Satisfaction. Employee Satisfaction. Financial Management. 6 2007 | Annual Report This has been an exciting year for the Fresno Police Department filled with emotional highs and lows. On February 20th two motorcycle officers, Gil Holguin and Rafael Davies and a sergeant, Charlie Chamalbide were shot during a traffic stop and ensuing vehicle pursuit throughout the streets of Fresno. An innocent by stander was also shot by the suspect. Based on the heroic efforts of the officers, the suspect was fatally wounded and the officers and innocent bystander survived their wounds. On July 12th Motorcycle Officer Eric Santos was seriously injured when his motorcycle struck another vehicle which had crossed in front of him. Thanks to God’s protective hand upon him and a great medical team, Eric has since returned to full duty. Once again Fresno saw a decrease in crime, resulting in a 43 year low in the crime index. In 2007, violent crime fell by 13.7% and property crimes decreased by 10.5%. To put this in perspective, in the past six years the population of Fresno has grown by more than 45,000 people, yet there were 10,936 fewer crime victims in 2007 as compared to 2001. Although these decreases bring a great deal of satisfaction to us as an organization, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to further control crime. Traffic safety continues to be a top priority for our department. Once again, this past year the Department won state and national awards for our traffic safety efforts to include the “International Association of Chiefs of Police DUI Award” for having the number one impaired driving program in the nation, and the national “Governor’s Highway Safety Association’s” highest honors, the “Peter K. O’Rourke Award”. Since 2002, injury collisions have decreased by 30.9% and fatal collisions have fallen by 48%. Over this period of time, 78 fewer families have had to bury a loved one as a result of a traffic collision in our city. I hope you will find this annual report to be informative and rewarding as you gain a glimpse of the emotional highs and lows of your police department. Thank you for your continued support and trust in our agency and for allowing me to serve as your Police Chief. Jerry P. Dyer Chief of Police Fresno Police Department | 2007 7 FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT We are a model law enforcement agency, nationally accred- ited and viewed internally and externally as professional, enthusiastic and trustworthy. We reward our employees for creativity, hard work and being responsive to the needs of our community. We treat our employees with respect, con- tinually meeting their needs. We operate with ﬁscal prudence as we effectively manage our resources, while providing the highest level of service and protection to our citizens. Our mission is to provide a professional, effective and timely response to crime and disorder, and to enhance trafﬁc safety in our community. 8 2007 | Annual Report Total Crimes Reduced 37.4% since 1997 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 0 Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Crimes 38,745 32,915 29,577 33,342 35,170 34,614 31,304 30,270 29,691 27,192 24,234 % +/- -15 -10.1 -12.7 -5.5 -1.6 -9.6 -3.3 -1.9 -8.4 -10.9 The FBI Crime Index compares crime rate to population. HISTORIC 43-YEAR LOW CRIME RATE Person Crimes Criminal Homicide Robbery Reduced 13.3% since 1997 Reduced 38.5% since 1997 60 2,000 50 1,500 40 30 1,000 20 500 10 0 0 Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Total 60 36 26 24 40 42 36 53 48 52 52 Total 1,794 1,394 1,268 1,304 1,360 1,479 1,214 1,232 1,275 1,282 1,104 % +/- -40 -28 -8 67 5 -14 47.2 -9.4 8.3 0 % +/- -22.3 -9 2.8 4.3 8.7 -17.9 1.5 3.5 0.5 -13.9 Forcible Rape Aggravated Assault Reduced 48.4% since 1997 Reduced 34.6% since 1997 200 3,000 2,500 150 2,000 100 1,500 1,000 50 500 0 0 Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Total 192 174 160 160 200 158 164 181 149 133 99 Total 2,735 2,649 2,554 2,355 2,482 2,101 2,089 2,030 2,425 2,058 1,788 % +/- -9.4 -8 0 25 -21 3.8 10.4 -17.7 -10.7 -25.6 % +/- -3.1 -3.6 -7.8 -5.4 -15.4 -0.6 -2.8 19.5 -15.1 -13.1 Fresno Police Department | 2007 9 FBI: Part I Offenses to Polulation — Per 100,000 Population Number of Offenses per 100,000 Population 43 Year “Low” Compilation – FBI Crime Index 14,000 11,97311,936 11,990 11,680 12,032 12,000 11,362 11,368 11,353 11,093 11,094 10,930 11,266 10,984 10,947 10,709 10,617 10,434 10,275 10,298 10,430 10,677 10,269 10,039 10,306 9,630 10,017 10,000 9,108 9,545 9,118 8,951 8,076 8,046 8,085 7,741 Reflects changes in department operations: 7,797 7,824 8,000 7,158 6,985 • Utilization of Grant funding to increase 6,947 patrol officer staffing levels. 6,637 6,336 5,553 • New tactical units such as VCSU, HEAT, 5,740 6,000 Change in reporting process MAGEC, HIDTA, etc. Reflects impact of 4,946 excluded larcenies from being • Three Strikes Law. reorganizational changes tabulated for UCR purposes; 4,000 to maximize efficiencies however, was corrected in that further addresses subsequent years. public safety issues within 2,000 the Fresno Community. 1964 FBI per 100,000 – 5,553 2007 FBI per 100,000 – 4,946 0 1993 * 1999 * 2000 * 2002 * 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1994 1995 1996 1998 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 1997 1964 1965 1966 Year *on 1993, 1999, 2000, & 2002 indicated minor variations in data collection not substantially effecting the totals. Fresno experienced signiﬁcant crime reductions in 2007 when compared to 2006 2006 2007 % Change in Total Total Violent Crimes 3,525 3,043 -13.7% Total Property Crimes 23,667 21,191 -10.5% Total Crimes 27,192 24,234 -10.9% Property Crimes Burglary Motor Vehicle Theft Reduced 41.3% since 1997 Reduced 43.9% since 1997 8,000 8,000 6,000 6,000 4,000 4,000 2,000 2,000 0 0 Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Total 6,640 5,203 4,419 4,516 5,207 4,476 3,926 3,994 4,170 4,366 3,897 Total 7,166 5,671 4,643 5,777 6,996 7,175 5,661 5,245 5,288 4,944 4,023 % +/- -21.6 -15 2.2 15.3 -14 -12.3 1.7 4.4 4.7 -10.7 % +/- -20.9 -18.1 24.4 21.1 2.6 -21.1 -7.3 0.8 -6.5 -18.6 Larceny / Theft Arson Reduced 31.4% since 1997 Reduced 80.2% since 1997 20,000 1,250 1,000 15,000 750 10,000 500 5.000 250 0 0 Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Total 19,035 16,949 15,763 18,740 18,334 18,746 17,608 17,119 16,088 14,097 13,049 Total 1,123 839 744 466 551 707 605 416 248 260 222 % +/- -11 -7 18.9 -2.2 2.2 -6 -2.8 -6 -12.4 -7.4 % +/- -25.3 11.3 -37.4 18.2 28.3 -14.4 -31.2 -40.4 4.8 -14.62 10 2007 | Annual Report Mardi A Year in the News The annual Mardi Gras celebration, in the Tower District, had been relatively quiet. Festivities were winding down when, at 11:06 pm, Ofﬁcer Gil Holguin observed a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on Wishon near Olive. Holguin initiated a trafﬁc stop. The Arrest of a fake doctor who driver, twenty-three year old Joel injected dozens of patients Perales, exited his vehicle and with commercial grade silicone. began shooting at Holguin who jumped off his motorcycle and Threats made against Chief Dyer dove between two parked cars. from a jail inmate. Perales kept advancing and shooting, ten shots in all. A pastor charged with more than Holguin was hit in the right leg and the right elbow and one of 200 counts of child molestation. Perales’ bullets struck an The continued success of Operation Bulldog and MGPI , and the addition of the West Fresno Tactical Team. The bust of the largest counterfeit CD ring in Valley history. University Village shooting just days after the Virginia Tech incident. Debut of the Court TV program: “Driving Under the Inﬂuence” dedicated to the FPD trafﬁc unit. National media coverage of: the Department’s DUI efforts (Newsday and KLAS-TV in Las Vegas), front page stories in the Palm Beach Post on Operation Bulldog and MGPI. Drop in Crime rates: lowest in 43 years. Ofﬁcer Raphael Davies Fresno Police Department | 2007 11 Gras Shooting February 20, 2007 innocent woman standing down the block. Holguin radioed for help, describing their commands and leaned the suspect and his vehicle. forward, appearing to reach for something. Fearing for their own Perales ﬂed the scene. Ofﬁcers, alerted by Holguin’s broadcast, spotted Perales’ safety and that of the public, vehicle and began a pursuit. Sergeant Jerardo “Charlie” Chamalbide positioned ofﬁcers were forced to ﬁre at his patrol vehicle directly behind Perales’ vehicle. During the pursuit, Perales Perales, ultimately killing him. stopped his vehicle several time, angling it to allow a clear shot at pursuing ofﬁcers. Each time he ﬁred multiple rounds. One round penetrated Chamalbide’s Ofﬁcers Holguin and Davies, and windshield and grazed the top right-side of his head. With blood running down Sergeant Chamalbide received the side of his face, Chamalbide continued to pursue Perales. the Van Meter award, given in memory of Ofﬁcer Harry Van As Motor Ofﬁcer Raphael Davies joined the pursuit, the suspect again opened ﬁre, Meter, the ﬁrst Fresno Police striking Davies in the left bicep. Despite his bullet wound, Davies continued to Ofﬁcer killed in the line of duty, pursue the suspect. February 21, 1907. The Van Meter Award may be given to an Less than ten minutes, and four miles, after the pursuit began, Perales stopped his ofﬁcer who is seriously injured vehicle. Chamalbide, believing the suspect was re-loading, rammed his patrol car in the performance of duty into Perales’ vehicle, pushing it into a Jeep parked on Dakota at Angus. Perales where unlawful force aimed at opened the driver’s door. Ofﬁcers ordered Perales to show his hands. He ignored the ofﬁcer could have resulted in death. Because of their selﬂess actions and bravery in the face of mortal danger in pursuit of this suspect, Sergeant Chamalbide and Ofﬁcer Davies were also awarded the Department’s highest commendation, the Medal of Valor. Ofﬁcer Holguin was hospitalized for four days. Due to the severity of his elbow injury, he did not return to work for nine months and then only after a steel rod and six metal pins, extensive physical therapy, and extra time spent at the gym. Sergeant Chamalbide spent a day in the hospital and returned to work two weeks later. Ofﬁcer Davies spent a day in the hospital and returned to work 23 days later. Sergeant Jerardo “Charlie” Chamalbide Ofﬁcer Gil Holguin 12 2007 | Annual Report The general rule for police ofﬁcers is to use the least amount of force necessary to resolve a situation. In 2001, ofﬁcers could use physical force, their baton, pepper spray, or as a last resort, a gun. Since then, those options have expanded to include the electronic immobilization device, also known as a taser and the projected impact weapon (less lethal shotgun or bean bag gun). The public perception may be that force is used frequently by the police. The reality is, that even counting less lethal force, the percentage of time ofﬁcers resort to force is small. In 2007, ofﬁcers responded to 419,642 calls for service and applied force in 437 incidents. This equates to ofﬁcers applying force in about one-tenth of one percent (0.01%) of all calls for service. In the spirit of keeping a transparent agency, the quarterly Report- able Response Resistance report is available for public view on the Depart- ment’s website. It contains comprehensive statistics regarding types of force used, ethnic breakdown, times, areas, and even days of the week. The deﬁnition used for documenting use of force is: If ofﬁcers (including canines) use force and a person is injured; ofﬁcers strike a person with a body part or object; or if ofﬁcers use a department-issued weapon. TASER the electronic immobilization device Since 2003, the Department has been collecting use of force data to The application of the taser was the determine the effectiveness and necessity of the force used, the reliability most common force used by ofﬁcers of equipment, training needs, and possible policy modiﬁcations. in 2007 (42%), followed by body force (35.2%) and K-9 application The most publicized use of force is an Ofﬁcer Involved Shooting (OIS). (10.6%). A ﬁrearm was used 0.5% of In 2007, there were only four OISs as compared to 2006, when there the time when force was used. Almost every patrol ofﬁcer is were seven. In 2005, there were 12. There are a myriad of reasons for the equipped with a taser. Grant money reduction in OISs. was used to purchase our tasers. The Department’s focus on drugs, parolees, and gangs helps remove some The taser renders an individual of the most violent criminals from the streets. This focus is supported by immobile and is used to minimize the District Crime Suppression Teams, the Street Violence Bureau, the injury to both ofﬁcers and suspects. In 2007, there were 344 ofﬁcers use of CrimeView statistical information, and the reallocation of resourc- assaulted. Although it is brieﬂy es as needed (such as the Bulldog and West Fresno Task Forces). debilitating, a taser application avoids causing long term trauma Additionally, the national accreditation of the Department insures that such as concussions and broken the best policies and procedures are followed to reduce violence in our bones that can result from other forms of force. More than half the community. Regular training for ofﬁcers insures that they are knowledge- subjects tased were under the able in the most up to date tactics. inﬂuence of drugs and/or alcohol. Fresno Police Department | 2007 13 ERIC SANTOS TRAFFIC COLLISION 14 2007 | Annual Report Throughout the Fresno Police Department’s history we have used a variety of makes and models of patrol cars. In the past you may have seen a Ford Grand Torino, AMC Rambler, the Dodge Monaco, Coronet or Diplomat, Pontiac Lemans, Chevrolet Caprice, Ford LTD or, since G 1996, the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor model. Starting in 2007, you may have seen a sportier looking police car patrolling your neighborhood, local shopping center, or on the street. A few years ago the Dodge motor company reintroduced its historic American muscle car, the Dodge Charger. Dodge modiﬁed this new Charger for police duties. In 2007, the Fresno Police Department selected the Charger to replace the Ford Crown Victoria which had reached the ﬁve-year and 100,000 mile mark. The Dodge Charger offered better handling and better fuel economy at a lower price. The decision was simple. We could equip our patrol force with a better car and save money for city taxpayers. Our Chargers feature upgraded emergency lights that are easier to see, improving public safety in Code 3 runs, while also costing less money. The next time you see some “American muscle” in your rear view mirror, it may be one of your ofﬁcers looking to serve and protect you. Fresno Police Department | 2007 15 PATRIOTISM Along with their commitment to law enforcement, many of Fresno Police Department’s employees are committed to serving their country. Since the start of the war in Iraq, more than 19 men and women have exchanged one uniform for another to serve on active duty in the Military. One of these patriots, Ofﬁcer Michael Toews was serving in Iraq when his vehicle was attacked by use of an improvised explosive device. His vehicle, an M-113 personnel carrier, is pictured above. Toews started with the FPD in January of 2004. A little less than two years later, his National Guard Unit was called to active duty. On October 1, 2005, Toews was gravely wounded. He sustained a broken ankle, two gunshot wounds, damage to his face and head that required several surgeries, more than 100 stitches and four metal plates. On October 22, 2007, Toews returned to wearing the FPD blues. He is grateful to Operation Soldier, Brotherhood of the Badge, and members of the Department for their comfort and support through two difﬁcult years but he is glad to be back on Patrol, serving the Fresno community. 16 2007 | Annual Report Deputy Chief Roger Enmark Administrative Services Division Commander Fresno Police Department | 2007 17 ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION The Citizens of Fresno demand and deserve the highest levels of professionalism and accountability in their police department. To meet this goal, the Administrative Services Division is responsible for hiring the very best police ofﬁcers, dispatchers and other civilian personnel. A key component of the Police Department is ﬁscal responsibility. Our Fiscal Affairs personnel work tirelessly to make certain we get the most value out of every taxpayer dollar we receive, while maintaining full accountability for all money spent. The Division pursues grants from a variety of sources to help augment our services to the community, while holding down the ﬁnancial impact to the City of Fresno general fund. The Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit ensures accountability to the community through fair and unbiased investigations of allegations of employee misconduct. Internal audits of all components of the Police Department are coordinated by the Professional Standards Unit to ensure overall effective and timely service to the community, while adhering to the highest industry standards of law enforcement. 18 2007 | Annual Report PERSONNEL Bureau all employees for the Police Department. has the responsibility for hiring In keeping with the Department’s policy of hiring the very best, the Personnel Bureau continuously tests for Police Ofﬁcer and Cadet positions and main- tained a sworn vacancy rate of less than 2% during 2007. In November, we ﬁlled nine additional dispatcher positions which were added in October in anticipation of the Department’s expansion of its Communications Bureau. The Background Investigations Unit is assigned within the Personnel Bureau and reviews the personal background of all applicants who apply to work for the Police Department. The unit is staffed by retired law enforcement ofﬁcers who apply their many years of investigative expertise and people skills to assure the Department has the information needed to make the best hiring decision. We thank you all for your years of service. 2007 – Retirees Title Hired Retired Service Patrick Rhames Captain 7/16/65 7/02/07 42 yrs Garry Snow Sergeant 7/01/67 12/31/07 40 yrs 5 mo Arthur Buller Specialist 7/16/67 12/31/07 40 yrs 5 mo Patrick Jackson Sergeant 11/01/70 12/31/07 37 yrs 2 mo Robert Davis Specialist 11/01/70 5/02/07 36 yrs 6 mo Bruce Fain Specialist 6/01/72 11/08/07 35 yrs 5 mo Donald Mitchell Sergeant 7/01/73 8/02/07 34 yrs 1 mo Police Ofﬁcer Recruit, Hiram Duncan, Robert Robbins Sergeant 3/16/74 12/31/07 33 yrs 9 mo always wanted to be in law enforcement. His circuitous Marty West Captain 11/01/74 2/22/07 32 yrs 4 mo path led him to the Fresno Police Department. Rene Martin Deputy Chief 12/01/76 1/02/07 30 yrs 1 mo Duncan was “born in the Valley and lived in the world”. James Olson Specialist 12/01/77 8/01/07 29 yrs 8 mo His father is retired from the Air Force and Duncan spent Jimmy Ray Passmore Specialist 9/01/77 3/27/07 29 yrs 6 mo four years as a Marine on active duty and four years as a Michael Moore Sergeant 7/05/79 5/21/07 27 yrs 10 mo Reserve. Ronald Hults Sr. CSO 10/22/81 7/06/07 25 yrs 9 mo While earning his BS in Criminology at CSUF, Duncan Michael Garcia Ofﬁcer 1/18/82 8/03/07 25 yrs 7 mo began as an Intern with Crime View in 2006. He became a John McCrery Ofﬁcer 12/16/86 10/11/07 20 yrs 10 mo Cadet I and worked in NW behind the counter and in the Judyth Moordigian Sr. Admin Clerk 6/01/91 1/02/07 15 yrs 7 mo ﬁeld. He graduated from the Academy December 7, 2007. John Smith Sr. CSO 1/17/95 10/03/07 12 yrs 10 mo He said he found the Academy challenging both mentally Shawn Garrison Ofﬁcer 3/25/96 7/20/07 11 yrs 4 mo and physically and very time consuming. Having a one- Mary Ann Erickson Sr. Admin Clerk 5/01/98 10/22/07 9 yrs 5 mo year-old child at home added to that challenge. Rey Garcia Ofﬁcer 1/04/99 7/20/07 8 yrs 6 mo Duncan said his favorite part of the job is “just wearing Robert Gann Ofﬁcer 9/08/03 9/12/07 4 yrs the badge.” His future plans include diversity of assignments and detective, but for now, he is more than happy to do whatever the Department needs. Fresno Police Department | 2007 19 ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION 2007 INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATIONS INTERNAL AFFAIRSallegations of (IA) Investigations 2006 2007 mission is to thoroughly investigate misconduct by members of the Fresno Police Depart- Department Initiated 96 84 ment, and to conduct all investigations in a fair and Citizen Complaints 110 80 unbiased manner. Total Investigated 206 164 Internal Affairs is comprised of a lieutenant, four sergeants, and a secretary. Disciplinary Actions 2006 2007 Their goal is to discover the truth. Terminations 4 1 IA accepts citizen concerns and complaints via the Resignations/Retirement 4 3 City’s website, by phone, in person at Police in Lieu of Discipline Headquarters, or via handwritten complaint forms Demotions 1 0 available at public locations throughout the City. Suspensions 26 17 Repair Payments 0 0 IA strives to complete all investigations within 45 days, complete all Risk Claim investigations involving FPD personnel within one week, and notify all Fines 6 8 complainants if their matter is not resolved within 30 days. Letters of Reprimand 20 23 Accreditation GRANTSacquires external funding sources, and researches and Management The International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs Association and Police Executive Research Forum insures compliance with funding agency requirements. established the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 1979 as an independent accrediting authority. On July 30, 2005, the City of Fresno Trafﬁc grants have played a pivotal role in the reduction of fatal and injury Police Department became the largest municipality in collisions, and have contributed to the Fresno Police Department receiving California to receive national accreditation from CALEA. national recognition. The Cold Case grant provides funding for research and investigation of cold cases. In FY 08 the Department received two new grant Accreditation provides a mechanism and process to assure that the Fresno Police Department meets and continues to awards: Fresno/Madera CrimeLink, which will enhance regional data-sharing maintain the most current “best practices” in the law abilities for real-time tracking of criminal incidents across multi-agency enforcement field. This is done through a constant internal boundaries, and COPS Meth which will impact the methamphetamine review of departmental policies, procedures, and practices, problem through prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, and enforcement as well as audits of every component of the agency. efforts. Through this constant self examination, we continue to improve our service to the community. Some other benefits The aggressive pursuit and acquisition of grant resources of CALEA include: allow the Police Department to more effectively impact ■ Greater accountability within the agency crime and public safety issues without an additional ■ Reduced risk and liability exposure ■ Stronger defense against civil lawsuits impact on the City’s General Fund. ■ Staunch support from government officials ■ Increased community advocacy Throughout 2007, a team of personnel assigned to the Planning and Research Bureau worked diligently to collect proof that our agency complies with the 448 separate standards that CALEA hold us to. The work will continue through the first part of 2008 to ensure that we meet the high standards of CALEA and that re-accreditation is achieved in 2008. 20 2007 | Annual Report PLANNING AND RESEARCH Bureau The Planning and Research Bureau is an integral part of the Department and consists of the following units: THE POLICIES & PROCEDURES UNIT researches and publishes revisions to the Policy and Procedure manuals. THE CAPITAL PROJECTS UNIT negotiates contracts and development issues surrounding the construction of a Regional Public Training facility, new District stations, Prisoner Processing facility, and the Public Safety Complex. THE ACCREDITATION UNIT ensures the Department maintains its national accreditation. THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS UNIT ensures operational efﬁciency and compliance with Department administrative protocol by conducting audits and managing the quarterly Reportable Response to Resistance Project. The Regional Public Training facility is scheduled to open by summer, 2009. The history and justiﬁcation of this major Department initiative is as follows: R E G I O N A L TRA In 1999, the State designated Fresno a Regional Law Enforcement Training Center in recogni- tion of the Department’s commitment to peace ofﬁcer skills training in central California. The facility is scheduled to open by summer, 2009. LIMITED CURRENT FACILITIES — The Department currently provides access to driving, and use of force options simulator equipment to more than 1,000 police ofﬁcers per year. By ex- panding the current training center, which includes two training simulator rooms and two classrooms, the Department could increase, by as much as 400%, the number of ofﬁcers trained annually. The fees collected from outside agencies help to offset the costs of training. The Fresno County range, the only facility in the area, is shared by most local law enforcement and corrections agencies. The ability to conduct training is becoming increasingly difﬁcult. A recent mandated Annual Ofﬁcer Training (AOT) required part of the range to shut down and ofﬁcers had to delay their quarterly qualiﬁcations until the range could re-open. Additionally, an adjacent horse facility requires the entire range to shut down for multiple days each year, for US Equestrian Federation horse trials. No pursuit driving facility exists in the area. The Training Unit uses vacant commercial sites to conduct low-speed driver’s training and motorcycle ofﬁcer training. Fresno Police Department | 2007 21 ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION Artist rendering – actual facility may be different. INING FACILITY One of the identiﬁed needs for this region is an emergency vehicle operations course (EVOC). EVOC incorporates simulator training with “hands-on” vehicle operations in a controlled envi- ronment. POST considers this a perishable skill and mandates ofﬁcers meet yearly minimum training requirements. Recent legislation also requires annual training for ofﬁcers who engage in or may engage in police pursuits. THE FUTURE — To meet the needs of law enforcement training in the central valley, the De- partment purchased a 77-acre parcel located in Southwest Fresno. This parcel would provide sufﬁcient space to build a facility that includes: • Multi-media classroom facilities to include a use of force options training room and driver’s simulator room; • An integrated range facility for ﬁrearms qualiﬁcations and tactical shooting, which includes one 200 yard riﬂe range with sniper tower, one 100 yard range, and seven 50 yard ranges; • A scenario training house with movable walls for Simunitions, providing realistic, stress-based training that is critical to ofﬁcer safety in search warrant entries, SWAT, etc; • A vehicle course to include: an EVOC asphalt driving surface, polished concrete skid pad for trac- tion control training, and a multi-purpose driving area that integrates the EVOC and skid pad area for moderate speed training, motorcycle training, and pursuit intervention technique (PIT) training. 22 2007 | Annual Report Deputy Chief Robert Nevarez Patrol Division Commander Fresno Police Department | 2007 23 PATROL DIVISION The Patrol Division is committed to a prompt response to life threatening crimes in progress and to thorough, detailed preliminary criminal investigations. Our proactive resources are dedicated to crime prevention through deployment speciﬁcally targeting gangs, drug offenders, and parole violators. Crime prevention is also addressed by providing target hardening strategies to businesses, schools, and individuals through meetings and special events. Through these combined efforts, Fresno citizens are provided with an optimal sense of safety. Patrol ofﬁcers, the backbone of each Policing District, are each assigned a “Sector” within the District and are responsible for identifying crime trends and developing solutions to them. They work in partnership with the people in their Sectors to bring the community and the Police Department together in the ﬁght against crime. 24 2007 | Annual Report BRINGING BROKEN NEIGHBORHOODS BACK TO LIFE The Southwest Policing District continues its community based policing efforts through a variety of programs and partnerships with our community. “Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life” a collaborative partnership among Faith based organizations, City Government, and the Fresno Police Department, is the main component in this ongoing effort. It focuses on stopping gang violence and criminal activity by reducing fear within troubled neighborhoods using block parties, community outreach, education, and crime prevention tactics. During 2007 Bringing Broken Neigh- borhoods Back to Life hosted 11 major events. SOUTHWEST policing district serves a diverse community with a variety of historical, cultural, and entertainment venues. The District comprises the oldest portion of the city and is home to Chukchansi Park, the Fulton Mall, and numerous Federal, State and Local governmental ofﬁces. THE DOWNTOWN POLICE UNIT (DPU) The Downtown Police Unit is dedicated to providing a safe environment for people in the downtown area by utilizing high visibility bike patrol. The mobility of the bike ofﬁcers allows for a quick response to crime and distur- bances, serves as a deterrent to crime, and provides a readily approachable source of police contact. The DPU provides a valuable police presence during protests, organized runs, parades, Grizzlies baseball games, concerts, digni- tary protection, and at special events throughout the city such as Mardi Gras and Christmas Presence. Ofﬁcers assigned to the Unit ride approximately 2500 miles per year. PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGIES WITH A SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE Ofﬁcers utilize a variety of problem solving strategies to provide policing services to our citizenry. Patrol ofﬁcers, bike ofﬁcers, crime suppression ofﬁcers, and investigators share the common mission of impacting gangs, drugs, and parole violators who commit crimes within the District. By maintaining a singleness of purpose, District per- sonnel are able to respond quickly to emerging crime trends and other critical issues challenging our com- Captain Al Maroney munity. Largely through the tireless dedication of our ofﬁcers, the South- Southwest Policing District Commander west Policing District has seen an 8.1% reduction in violent crime and a 13.3% reduction in property crime with total crime being down 12.3% compared to 2006 totals. Despite the challenges faced, Southwest ofﬁcers continue to make positive strides in reducing crime and the fear of crime within the District. Fresno Police Department | 2007 25 DIVISION CRIME REDUCTION This year the Central District had a 21% decrease in violent crime, a 12% decrease in property crime, and a 14% decrease in total crime. There were 5,107 felony arrests made, the highest among the ﬁve districts. The District Crime Suppression Teams made 2,057 felony arrests (including 878 gang members and 807 parolees) and seized 51 guns. CENTRAL policing district is Fresno’s historic area, containing many of the city’s oldest homes, the Tower Theater, Fresno’s art district, Fresno City College and Community Hospital. FOCUSED POLICING AND TEAM EFFORT Central personnel practice “Focused Policing,” focusing on “hot spots” (high recent crime) and “hot people” (gang members, parole violators, drug users, wanted persons). POP ofﬁcers and Detectives get timely crime information to Patrol and DCST ofﬁcers to assist them with their efforts. POP Ofﬁcers served 135 gang house warning letters and 45 drug house warning letters. These letters, personally given to owners and tenants, warn them of ﬁnes that will be levied against them if gang or drug activity is not abated. Several large scale enforcement operations, known as “blitzes,” were conduct- ed in crime-plagued areas. These blitzes resulted in more than 50 felony arrests, including several gang members, and the recovery of four guns. In January, Detective Dan Longoria investigated the robbery of a McLane High School teacher in her classroom. The investigation led to the arrest of a bulldog gang member who was on parole and two other bulldog gang members. The annual Tower District “Fat Tuesday” celebration was policed by over 100 personnel from FPD and allied agencies. The otherwise successful event was marred by an ofﬁcer involved shooting and ensuing pursuit that took place as festivities were winding down. FOCUSED COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Captain Dennis Bridges Central’s community involvement included coordinating ﬁve block parties, Central Policing District Commander ﬁfteen community outreach events, and two fundraisers for Neighborhood Watch. In August, Central hosted the National Night Out event at our Broadway Station. Approximately 100 neighbors interacted with District personnel, enjoyed food and beverages, and listened to live music. In May, the Fresno Bee ran a feature story on the signiﬁcant crime reduction in the Jefferson-Lowell area over the past several months. This was the result of neighbors banding together and of increased gang enforcement in the area. In June, another “Farewell to the Neighborhood Gang” block party was held at Nevada and Third. 26 2007 | Annual Report NEIGHBORHOODS In 2007, the Southeast Policing District ofﬁcers continued to prosper in their community involvement efforts through their Problem Oriented and Community Based Policing strategies. With the highest number of apartment communities in the City of Fresno, the Southeast District united managers and residents through their Crime Free Multi-Housing program to enhance the quality of life for citizens living in the Southeast District. This program builds on the District’s philosophy of providing resources to the community through Neighborhood Watch, Care Fresno, and The United Way. Further community involvement included street parties, community events, and the annual “National Night Out” block party which highlighted the season. SOUTHEAST policing district is composed of some of the most historic neighborhoods in Fresno. Additionally, record numbers of new homes were built in its eastern area during 2006. Southeast Fresno is one of the most affordable and culturally diverse areas in the City. CRUISE CONTROL One of the Southeast District’s most notable community- police partnerships, celebrated its ten year anniversary at the end of the cruising season. A banquet was held at the Fresno Fairgrounds to highlight Cruise Control’s partnership with the Police Department and various Car Clubs. Cruising on Kings Canyon is a controlled venue with Car Clubs monitoring the crowds coming into Southeast to enjoy the community atmosphere this event brings to the District. THE BIG FRESNO FAIR The Fair is the largest community event held in the City of Fresno, annually drawing more than 500,000 people into Southeast Fresno from throughout the San Joaquin Valley. This year more than 500 police ofﬁcers were assigned to police the Fair. Assisting agencies included the Fresno Sheriff’s Department, California State Parole, Fresno County Probation, California Alcoholic Beverage Control, and MAGEC. This year’s Fair ran from October 3rd through October 14th and was a BIG success with no major policing incidents. Captain Randy Dobbins HMONG NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Southeast Policing District Commander This celebration is the second largest policing event held in the City of Fresno, drawing close to 100,000 people from around the country and from overseas. Held annually at the Fresno Fairgrounds, this event is policed by nearly 300 ofﬁcers from December 26th through January 1st. Fresno Police Department | 2007 27 PATROL DIVISION NORTHEAST policing district with a population of approximately 112,000, is about 27 square miles and includes CSUF (approximately 23,0000 students), Woodward Park, three major shopping areas, four high schools, ﬁve hospitals, and the Save Mart Center which draws people from the entire Central Valley. There has also been an in- crease in construction, including the new Clovis North Educational Center. OPERATION CHRISTMAS PRESENCE - 2007 More than 200 personnel from Trafﬁc, the Bike Unit, Mounted, Skywatch, HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft), Reserves, and Citizens on Patrol volunteers, in cooperation with the CHP and Sheriff’s Department, participated in Operation Christmas Presence. The goal was to increase the safety of shoppers by increasing a uniformed presence at River Park, Fashion Fair, Manchester, Fig Garden, and Fulton Mall. The success of this operation resulted in no violent crimes at these major shopping locations. CRIME REDUCTION The District disseminated crime data, and responded to crime and crime trends by involving patrol ofﬁcers, detectives, Reserves, CSOs, COPs, and the community. The District Crime Suppression Teams focused on gang members, drug users, and parole violators, and addressed crime trends with parole and probation searches in key areas. DCST made 1,645 arrests in 2007 (1,230 Felony and 415 Misdemeanor). The District’s efforts resulted in an overall reduction in Part One Crimes of 9.9%. INTER-AGENCY COOPERATION, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND CRIME PREVENTION Inter-agency cooperation includes working with the Clovis Police and California State University Police. Crime Prevention efforts included partici- pation in Neighborhood Watch meetings (including 12 new groups), safety meetings with churches, schools, and banks, home inspections, block parties, Captain Lydia Carrasco school events, and the Annual Christmas Toy Giveaway at Granny Park. In Northeast Policing District Commander June, we held our annual Fundraiser at Carey Park, raising $1603. We also received a generous contribution of $500 from Sam’s Club. In August, the District, partnered with Target, held a National Night Out party which included representatives from local law enforcement agencies. 28 2007 | Annual Report Sergeant Frausto, the K-9 Unit Supervisor, with K-9 RORY and K-9 ROCKY both cross trained in narcotics. January is a great time to do a detailed inven- tory of your valuables. On the inventory list S U N D AY M O N D AY T U E S D AY W E D N E S D AY T H U R S D AY F R I D AY S AT U R D AY include color, size, 1 2 3 make, model, serial number (if appli- cable) and the NEW YEAR’S DAY approximate value of the item. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Also, engrave your complete driver’s JANUARY CHRISTMAS TREE LANE license number on all items with suitable surfaces 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 for engraving. For valuables that This year’s Christmas Tree Lane was organized and supervised by Sgt. Lori cannot be en- graved, such as jewelry or collect- 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 ibles, take photos. Keep the inventory MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR’S BIRTHDAY in a safe place. This list will be invaluable to you if you ever have a Grove. Her efforts, meeting with organizations, obtaining equipment, and 2009 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 ﬁre, or are burglarized. coordinating personnel, resulted in a safe environment for both pedestrians and motorists. NORTHWEST policing district covers approximately 40 square miles from Shields to the San Joaquin River, Cha- teau Fresno to Blackstone, and has a population of about 135,000. The District includes Central East and Bullard high schools, 22 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, Fig Garden Shopping Center, the Blackstone strip, the Shaw corridor, and numerous businesses. The District is one of the fastest growing areas in Fresno, with a phenomenal increase in residential building, especially west of Freeway 99. CRIME PREVENTION, NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, AND COMMUNITY EVENTS Crime Prevention Ofﬁcer, Linda Sigler, completed 36 Neighborhood Watch Meetings, 40 community events, 15 safety inspections, and organized the annual Boar Hunt, which raised about $700 for Neighborhood Watch. The annual National Night Out, in association with Target, had several hundred people in attendance. Sam’s Club donated $1000.00 to the Northwest Neighborhood Watch and Americorp Volunteer Bethany Ruiz came on board as Linda’s right hand person. Additionally, patrol ofﬁcers assisted in community events, school carnivals, ofﬁcer read-a-thons, and school safety assemblies K-9 COURAGE CALENDAR, A GROUP EFFORT CSO Sigler initiated the K-9 Courage Calendar idea in October 2006 and, with a lot of help from PD personnel and civic minded community members Tom Milne Photography, De Young Properties, and Dumont Printing, the completed calendar was delivered in September 2007. CSO Shockley helped put the calendar together and Sgt. Frausto, the K-9 unit supervisor, did media promotion. Crime Prevention Ofﬁcers, Vang, Shockley, Frost, and Casarez, Roz and Fred Clark (Neighborhood Watch), and the K-9 Unit, helped sell the Captain Andy Hall calendars, with proﬁts going to the K-9 Unit and to Neighborhood Watch. Northwest Policing District Commander PATROL EFFORTS RESULT IN REDUCED CRIME Special recognition goes to our patrol ofﬁcers’ efforts, which are largely respon- sible for the substantial reductions in crime in 2007 compared with 2006. Violent Crime – 18.3% decrease Property Crime – 12.5 % decrease Total Crimes – 13% decrease. This equates to 779 less victims than in 2006. Fresno Police Department | 2007 29 PATROL DIVISION FRESNO CITY POLICING DISTRICTS 30 2007 | Annual Report Deputy Chief Keith Foster Support Division Commander Fresno Police Department | 2007 31 SUPPORT DIVISION The mission of the Support Division is to provide support to the Department through enhanced technology, accurate and timely dissemination of data, specialized training, and providing exceptional service. The Support Division is comprised of ﬁve bureaus: CrimeView , Records, Youth and Employee Services, Information Services, and Grafﬁti. 32 2007 | Annual Report CRIMEVIEW Bureau is comprised of the CrimeView Unit, the Video Policing Project, and the GPS for Gangs Program. The Crimeview Unit analyzes crime CrimeView Bureau was formed in May of 2006, at the direction of Police Chief Jerry trends and events and provides Dyer, to help the Fresno Police Department become an intelligence-led agency. accurate and timely data to police managers in an effort to enhance “CrimeView” is a management philosophy and accountability process, whereby the effectiveness of resource police managers are held accountable for being responsive to crime in their districts. deployment. To be effective, many operational decisions are now made by District Commanders to meet the needs of their particular communities. Along with their expanded The Video Policing Project serves as authority comes greater accountability. District and Bureau Commanders report a force multiplier and enables monthly to executive staff at the CrimeView Session, and provide an overview of Department personnel to monitor, crime. The session also serves as a forum to exchange information. record, and retrieve video evidence to increase the apprehension of law The CrimeView Bureau is comprised of 28 personnel dedicated to providing violators and/or deter criminals accurate and timely crime statistics and crime trends. This information is then used from engaging in the commission of by police managers to deploy resources in the most effective manner possible. crimes. CrimeView has far surpassed any other system of its kind with its ability to provide The GPS for Gangs Program crime statistics in near real-time, and to provide this information to all personnel, at enables police personnel to track all levels of the organization. Using internally designed computer applications, and monitor both juvenile and adult personnel can perform a variety of customizable searches, as well as view and create offenders who are mandated to detailed crime maps. wear the device. Individuals who participate in this program are The Fresno Police Department is now in the process of required to do so pursuant to court introducing CrimeView to neighboring law enforcement mandated probation or as a agencies to develop a regional CrimeView group, which condition of parole. could then share crime data to identify trends that cross jurisdictional boundaries. RECORDS Bureau is responsible for storage and release of records, trafﬁc citation data entry, transcription of reports, teletype entries, towed vehicle releases, and providing service at the Records Bureau “public counter” in the lobby of FPD headquarters. The Records Bureau handles approximately 120,000 police reports per year with many of those having multiple attachments and documents. Seven days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Bureau processes public requests and on weekends, personnel do the paperwork for vehicle releases. More than 17,000 vehicles were towed in 2007. In addition to their other responsibilities, Records personnel enter infraction citation information into a database (approximately 1,350 per week), are responsible for sealing records under court order, provide criminal history information to other law enforcement agencies, and maintain DOJ certiﬁcation records. Fresno Police Department | 2007 33 SUPPORT DIVISION YOUTH AND EMPLOYEE SERVICES is comprised of the Police Activities League, Lifeskills Ofﬁcers, Bureau Employee Assistance Programs, and the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative. This Bureau offers various programs for the beneﬁt of employees of the Police Department, and oversees the myriad youth related units within the Department. Some of the youth related programs include: the Life Skills program taught in Fresno’s Middle Schools, the Truancy Unit, Mentoring, PAL, the School Resource Ofﬁcers, and participation in the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative. POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE UNIT (PAL) PAL’s mission is to promote a positive interaction between volunteer, off-duty law enforcement personnel and youth, through social, recreational and educational activities in order to teach good values, acceptable behavior and responsible citizenship. PAL accomplishes this through numerous activities that include pen pals, tutoring, mentoring, ﬂag football, basketball, soccer, images, video production, and youth leadership. Two of the most successful and popular programs are martial arts and boxing. The martial arts programs consist of traditional Karate and Tae Kwon Do. They are based on the grassroots approach and teach the kids discipline, character, respect, self esteem, and goal setting, as well as mental and physical preparedness. Many of our PAL youths participated in tournaments this past year with several of them winning medals. Five of the youth advanced to the Jr. Olympics and four of them won medals. In October, PAL took 100 students to meet with Shaolin Monks (Kung-Fu masters) who were visiting Fresno. The boxing program has not only expanded recently but also had four of the youth boxers participate in the Amateur Athletic Union National tournament. Two of our fourteen-year-old boxers, a male and a female, won their division and brought home the division belt. One of the many PAL success stories came from one of our martial arts students who graduated from Fresno State University this past year and was recently hired by the Fresno Police Department as a cadet. He credits his involvement in PAL for his successes in school and staying away from drugs and gangs. 34 2007 | Annual Report MAYOR’S GANG PREVENTION INITIATIVE (MGPI) The Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative started in 2006, and has continued to expand. Its comprehensive plan, addressing the gang problem from multiple perspectives, is comprised of ﬁve core components: Prevention, Intervention, Suppression, Rehabilitation, and Economic Development. Prevention utilizes preemptive strategies such as working with Fresno Uniﬁed to teach the Lifeskills prevention curriculum in all middle schools and some elementary schools. Other strategies include participation in PAL activities, mentoring, and community gang awareness presentations. A poster contest was held this year, with the theme of “Strengthening your neighborhood from gangs.” Winners were chosen from each school. In 2007, more than nine thousand students were reached by one of these strategies. Intervention focuses on active gang members and/or associates, providing them with the opportunity to completely leave the gang lifestyle. Presentations on the MGPI program and process, which begins with a referral, are presented at juvenile hall and at the weekly Parole and Community Team (PACT) meetings. Referrals come from school ofﬁcials, law enforcement ofﬁcers, parents, community-based organizations, or self-referrals. In 2007, there were 1,156 referrals. Suppression, the enforcement arm of the process, utilizes the Bulldog Tactical Team, Southwest Tactical Team, Multi Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC), District Crime Sup- pression Teams (DCST), Parole, Probation, and patrol ofﬁcers. Rehabilitation focuses on stabilizing the home environment for those individu- als working towards leaving the gang lifestyle. This involves determining what his/ her family needs to prevent the gang members or associates from returning to the gang lifestyle. Immediate family members may also be clinically assessed and provided with the same services as the gang member or associate. This aspect of the program is referred to as the “Strengthening Neighborhoods” phase. Economic Development focuses on assisting former gang members or associates obtain employment. MGPI has contracted with several local employers to provide opportunities for individuals who successfully complete the intervention phase. The Fresno Police Department hosted the 2nd Annual U.S. Attorney Gang Preven- tion Summit in 2007. The summit provided law enforcement, educational staff, and community based organizations an opportunity to network and attend breakout sessions including: Mayor’s Gang Prevention Initiative, Gang Culture Awareness, Mentoring and Community Involvement, Effective Strategies and Tactics of Gang Suppression, and Smart Policing. The MGPI program is one of the most comprehensive gang eradication programs in the State. The MGPI staff has been requested by several law enforcement agencies throughout California to assist in the creation of similar programs in their jurisdictions. Fresno Police Department | 2007 35 SUPPORT DIVISION INFORMATION SERVICES Bureau and databases and provides creates and manages the Department’s technology systems the foundation for the Department’s ability to engage in “smart policing”. ISB is comprised of three sections: 1) Database and Application Support - which integrates, develops, and maintains 130 software and ﬁle data storage management systems; 2) Desktop and Application Support - which responds to 800 desktop users and 350 mobile users to ensure systems remain opera- tional 24/7; and 3) Network and Security Management - which ensures that all network roads and controls remain operationally secure. Each section adds strategic value to assure the most efﬁcient and accurate use of law enforcement data. This includes customized software from investigative workﬂow to crime mapping in patrol cruisers. GRAFFITIthe immediate removal of grafﬁti is responsible for Bureau within the City, the arrest and prosecution of grafﬁti vandals, and community outreach, including the organization of several anti-grafﬁti campaigns. The Grafﬁti Bureau’s Abatement Team painted more than three million square feet of grafﬁti in 2007, up from 2.5 million in 2006. Over 700 grafﬁti vandal- ism arrests were made, up from 611 arrests made last year. Between the Mayor’s Juvenile Offender Work Program and Juvenile Court ordered community service over 7,500 hours of work have been performed by those arrested. Working together, approximately 1,500 “adopt a spot” volunteers eliminated grafﬁti in speciﬁc problem locations, the Mayor’s Neighborhood Quality of Life Initiative partners, removed grafﬁti in targeted areas, and several large high proﬁle events such as the Blackstone Blitz and the School Scrub Out brought out numerous dedicated volunteers, such as the Chamber of Commerce and other civic minded organizations. 36 2007 | Annual Report Deputy Chief Sharon Shaffer Investigative Services Division Commander Fresno Police Department | 2007 37 INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES DIVISION This Division is responsible for the investigation of all violent crimes, speciﬁc property and ﬁnancial crimes, narcotics interdiction, and crime scene evidence processing in the City of Fresno. They also have the responsibility to maintain the liaison between the Fresno Police Department and the District Attorney’s Ofﬁce as well as the Fresno County Courts. The Investigative Services Division is comprised of six separate bureaus. The Street Violence Bureau is responsible for investigating violent criminal activity including homicide, robbery, fugitive apprehension, and serious assaults. The Family Justice Bureau is responsible for investigating incidents of domestic violence, sexual assault, child and elder abuse, and missing persons cases. The Special Units Bureau is responsible for gang investigations, housing the M.A.G.E.C., Bulldog Task Force, and West Fresno Gang Task Force Units, as well as the Parole Apprehension Team. The Special Investigations Bureau is responsible for narcotics investigation and interdiction, the Help Eliminate Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) task force, and includes the Vice Unit and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (J.T.T.F.). The Criminal Investigations Bureau is responsible for the investigation of ﬁnancial crimes, identity theft and cyber crimes, as well as being a liaison to the District Attorney’s Ofﬁce and Courts. Finally, the Crime Scene Bureau is the Fresno Police Department’s own CSI, responsible for crime scene processing as well as evidence collection and preservation. It is through the dedication and long hours of investigative work performed by the members of the Investigative Services Division, that criminals in the City of Fresno and beyond are brought to justice. This same dedication has helped the City achieve a remarkable, 43-year low in crime. 38 2007 | Annual Report SPECIAL UNITSimpact gangs, drugs, and parolees. le tactical and investigative teams that Bureau consists of several high proﬁ The largest component is the Metro Tactical and Fresno Fair, and the Hmong New Year, all in addition to MAGEC’s own bi- Investigations units within the Multi Agency Gang monthly gang sweeps. Enforcement Consortium. MAGEC Metro is responsible for investigating gang related crimes MAGEC Metro Tac ofﬁcers’ primary responsibility is to respond to in-progress committed in the City of Fresno. The Bulldog Tactical or “just occurred” crimes committed by gang members, assist in the initial Team, West Fresno Tactical Team, and the Parole investigation, and provide intelligence leading to the identity of those involved. Apprehension Team make up the balance of the Ofﬁcers work closely with members of the Homicide unit, Street Violence bureau. Their mission is suppression and Bureau, and District investigators. apprehension of violent offenders. BULLDOG TACTICAL TEAM - HIGHLIGHTS The teams of the Special Units Bureau have not only November 30, 2007 was the ﬁrst anniversary of the formation of the Bulldog provided investigative expertise and tactical uniform Tactical Team as a suppression component of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention response they also provided ofﬁcers’ testimony and Initiative (MGPI). The Chief’s ultimate goal is elimination rather than suppres- expertise that was instrumental in securing convictions sion because he believes there is no acceptable level of street gang violence. for some of the more violent offenders who are now serving long prison terms. The Bulldog Tac Team consists of eight ofﬁcers and a sergeant. Their primary responsibility is to identify, locate, arrest, and aid in the prosecution of known/ Members of the Bureau also participated suspected members of the Bulldog criminal street gang; leading to the eradica- in Gang Summits, made community tion of the gang. presentations to schools, and held gang awareness classes for the private sector Phase I of the plan was to disrupt, displace, and dismantle the gang by high emphasizing prevention and visibility and high numbers of contacts and arrests. intervention for today’s youth. During 2007, the Bulldog Tac Team had the following results: 1010 MAGEC METRO TEAM Felony arrests (836 known or suspected Bulldog gang members); 148 The MAGEC Metro Tactical Team consists of eight ofﬁcers and one sergeant whose primary duties are SOME EXAMPLES OF BULLDOG TAC TEAM CASES to gather gang intelligence, investigate gang related crimes, provide assistance to other units and On July 9th, members of the Team saw Ulises Montes, an active Bulldog Gang member on parole for possession of a ﬁrearm. After a foot chase, Montes ran into a agencies, testify as gang experts, and conduct residence. Ofﬁcers discovered two sawed off shotguns and approximately ﬁfty street level gang suppression within the metropoli- shells hidden under the steps of the back door. Initially, the occupants, Bulldog tan areas of Fresno & Clovis. Gang associates, were uncooperative. Eventually, Montes surrendered. Ofﬁcers arrested another known Bulldog, Mathew Balderama who was on active parole for During 2007, members of the MAGEC Metro Tac possession of a ﬁrearm and had been at large for ﬁve months. Both Montes and Balderama have extensive criminal histories. Team made: 511 felony gang arrests; conducted 245 Parole searches; conducted 172 Probation On October 22nd, members of the Team saw Andres Zuniga, an admitted East Side searches; recovered 35 ﬁrearms; and authored or Fresno Bulldog, and recognized him as wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, served more than 30 search warrants. Many of domestic violence, and a probation violation. Zuniga ran and hid inside a shed. the above arrests were for gang motivated crimes With the assistance of the K-9 Unit, Zuniga was located, arrested, treated for a dog bite, and booked into jail. consisting of murder, assault, drive-by shooting, possession of ﬁrearms, and narcotics. On December 3rd, members of the Team served a search warrant as part of a week long investigation. The warrant focused on Bulldog Gang members and their MAGEC Metro Tac participates in a number of city- associates who were in possession of narcotics. While serving the warrant, ofﬁcers wide gang operations and events including Opera- arrested Katrina Sanchez, a Bulldog Gang associate, and seized narcotics believed to be methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, packaging materials, digital scales, tion Bulldog, Southeast Asian Gang Operation, Big and information detailing the sales of narcotics. Fresno Police Department | 2007 39 INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES DIVISION SOME NOTABLE WEST FRESNO TACTICAL TEAM ARRESTS Misdemeanor arrests; 960 parole searches resulting 490 parole arrests; On August 29th, ofﬁcers arrested Kevin Dejean, a validated 546 probation searches, resulting in 260 probation arrests; and 35 Dog Pound gang member, for the “Dog Fighting” case ﬁrearms seized. which occurred in the Dog Pound gang territory. In September, Deandre Stanﬁl was also arrested for this case. Phase II, of the plan to eliminate the Bulldog street gang from Fresno, is long- term investigations focusing on the 10%ers. They are the shot callers, the top On September 30th, ofﬁcers arrested Piseth Mam, a Dog Pound gang associate who was loitering in the Dog Pound ten percent of the gang membership that are organized and involved in crimes area. Mam, a parolee at large, was in possession of a such as the high level drug trade. This phase will be information driven, with loaded Intra Tec 9mm assault weapon, a loaded / stolen more emphasis on community assistance. The two phases will be concurrent. 9mm handgun, and marijuana. This case was taken by ATF for federal prosecution. PAROLE APPREHENSION TEAM (PAT) On December 6th, ofﬁcers received information regarding The Parole Apprehension Team, consisting of six detectives and a sergeant, a Dog Pound gang weapons stash house. Ofﬁcers found locate and arrest wanted parolees, and remove violent parolees from the Timothy Stockstill, a Dog Pound associate, in possession of community. Members of the team have developed a close working relationship an AR-15 Assault riﬂe, used in a recent shooting. Stockstill with State Parole and the US Marshall’s Ofﬁce, to locate and arrest wanted was arrested on numerous felony weapon related charges. parolees. PAT members often work with other investigative units. Ofﬁcer On December 7th, ofﬁcers served a narcotics search Thakham is assigned to the US Marshall’s Fugitive Apprehension Task Force. warrant on a Villa Posse gang house. Ofﬁcers arrested His work with homicide detectives led to the arrest of a murder suspect in Las seven subjects for different charges. Jaamal Jones and Vegas, Nevada. Travon Allen, both validated Villa Posse gang members, were charged with narcotics sales and weapons charges. PAT members are often asked, by patrol ofﬁcers, to assist in parole searches or Narcotics and a loaded .40 caliber handgun were recovered at the scene. in developing background information on a parolee. Because ﬁve of the seven team members are also members of the SWAT Team they frequently assist in the service of other investigative units’ search warrants During 2007, the Parole Apprehension Team made 697 arrests. (507 were for Parole Violation and 171 were Bulldog Gang members.) WEST FRESNO TACTICAL TEAM The West Fresno Tactical Team was created in August of 2007, in response to the increase in gang violence primarily occurring in the Southwest Policing District. Since its inception, the Tactical Team has conducted numerous investigations, regarding gang members who belong to the Dog Pound, Strother, and Villa Posse criminal street gangs. West Fresno Gang Operation Citywide Statistics: 209 Parole Arrests; 302 Parole Searches; 138 Felony Probation Arrests; 28 Weapons Seized; 434 Total West Fresno Gang Arrests West Fresno Tactical Team: 93 Parole Arrests; 114 Parole Searches; 73 Felony Probation Arrests; 13 Weapons seized (3 assault riﬂes); 186 Total West Fresno Gang Arrests Since the implementation of this unit, we have seen a noticeable decrease in gang violence occurring in the Southwest District and other locations city wide. 40 2007 | Annual Report INVESTIGATIONS Bureau SPECIALseveral investigative units; Major Narcotics, VICE/Intelligence, is comprised of Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT), and High Intensity Drug Trafﬁc Areas (HIDTA). THE MAJOR NARCOTICS UNIT is responsible for the investigation of large scale sales, possession, and distribution of illegal narcotics. This is accomplished by identifying, arresting, and prosecuting individuals, businesses, groups, or organizations suspected of planning, organizing, ﬁnancing, possessing, and distributing narcotics. THE VICE UNIT mission is to self-initiate and follow-up investigations of criminal violations involving pimping, pandering, prostitution, and gambling. HIDTA’S primary function is to reduce the manufacturing of methamphetamine in the San Joaquin Valley. This is accomplished through surveillance, tracking of chemicals used in manufacturing, and specialized investigations regarding crime organizations involved in the transportation and manufacturing of methamphetamine. HELP ELIMINATE AUTO THEFT (HEAT) ONE (GREAT) DAY IN THE MAJOR NARCOTICS UNIT: Three major cases, all done by Major During the mid 1990s the City of Fresno led the nation in Narcotics, with an assist from the West Side Task auto thefts. Over the past ten years, Fresno has continued to change that statistic, including a 19% reduction in auto Force and Vice, in a single day for a total of six in theft this year. (936 fewer cars were stolen in 2007 than in custody, $72,700 in cash seized, two kilos of cocaine 2006) A lot of this can be attributed to HEAT. (Value $40K), two lbs of meth (Value $40k) one The Fresno HEAT Team, formed in 1995, is a multi-agency gun, and possibly one vehicle for seizure. task force. It is the ﬁrst of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley. The mission of the Fresno HEAT Team is to reduce Two suspects from Washington were searching for a the incidence of auto theft within Fresno County through source for crystal methamphetamine and cocaine. aggressive, innovative, and proactive enforcement measures. The suspects were advised we could provide them with the narcotics. Suspects met with the detective, HEAT is made-up of 13 full-time ofﬁcers from the Fresno displayed the funds to purchase the narcotics and Police Department, Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol. HEAT also has agents, were taken into custody without incident. from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, on a part-time basis. The Detectives negotiated the purchase of two kilograms activities of the HEAT Team include long term investiga- tions of auto theft trends and those individuals setting of cocaine from a local Fresno supplier. The suspect the trends, the deployment of a License Plate Recognition agreed to bring us the two kilograms and was vehicle (added in 2007) which has cameras that read arrested without incident. license plates and compare them to a data base, as well as traditional enforcement tactics, including parole/ probation searches, business inspections to discover Detectives persuaded three suspects from the possible “chop shops” and surveillance. , Richmond (Oakland) area to come to Fresno where negotiations were made for two pounds of crystal This year, HEAT made 430 felony arrests (154 for occupy- ing a stolen vehicle), recovered 435 stolen vehicles, meth. The suspects were taken into custody and the conducted 260 parole/probation searches, and performed narcotics and a ﬁrearm were located hidden in the dash. 79 business inspections. Fresno Police Department | 2007 41 INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES DIVISION STREET VIOLENCE Bureau is comprised of the Homicide Unit, the Robbery/Felony Assault Unit, the Night Detective Unit and the Tactical Team. The detectives in these units work together to provide an immediate and coordi- TACTICAL TEAM 2007 nated response to violent crimes committed in our City. They work around the 145 Felony arrests: clock, pursuing all possible investigative leads to identify and locate the suspects. 24 homicide 6 attempted homicide THE NIGHT DETECTIVE UNIT is usually the ﬁrst investigative unit to 29 commercial robbery respond to the scene of a violent crime. They begin the investigation and coordinate the initial response of other units such as HOMICIDE, ROBBERY, TACTICAL TEAM 2006 AND FELONY ASSAULT. As leads are developed, the information is shared 97 Felony arrests with all units, which allows joint coordination of efforts to pursue additional leads and accelerate the pace of the investigation. When a suspect is identiﬁed, Homicide Cold Case Detectives the TACTICAL TEAM (specializing in surveillance techniques and tactics) reviewed 59 unsolved cases, works to quickly apprehend the suspect. identiﬁed 14 suspects with DNA evidence and Rapid paced, coordinated investigation has proven to be the key to solving matched 1 suspect in CODIS, violent crimes. This team approach has led to dramatic increases in clearance the FBI Laboratory’s Clearance Rates 2005 2006 2007 rates for homicide and robbery Combined DNA Index System. cases. Homicide 54% 71% 86% Robbery 31% 39% 63% NOTE: Clearance rates for Robbery and Assault 42% 58% 51% Felony Assault differ slightly from UCR reporting, as cases assigned to SVB are commercial robberies, residential robberies, vehicle robberies, shootings, and stabbings. CRIME SCENE Bureau provides crime scene investigation and forensic services to Department members on a 24 hour basis. These services include major crime scene investigation, crime scene photography, autopsy photography, evidence collection, DNA collection, computer diagrams of crime scenes, latent ﬁngerprint development, analysis and comparison of latent prints, processing of prisoners, and the input of latent prints into the local, State, and FBI Automated Fingerprint Identiﬁcation Systems (AFIS). During 2007, Bureau Technicians investigated more than 8,300 crime scenes. A total of 10,419 prisoners were processed, printed, and identiﬁed. The Bureau’s Lab processed 98,000 photos for investigative and prosecution purposes. The Bureau’s ﬁngerprint examiners identiﬁed a record 1,925 crime scene ﬁnger and palm prints. Historically, every arrest from an AFIS “Hit” (matching a print already in the database) results in another 3 to 4 cases solved and additional suspects identiﬁed. 42 2007 | Annual Report FAMILY JUSTICE Bureau Abuse/Elder is comprised of the Sexual Assault, Child Abuse/Missing Persons, and Domestic Violence Units. THE SEXUAL ASSAULT UNIT conducts and resolves sexual assault investigations, focusing on reduction of sexual assault through criminal prosecution and victim support. ISYS – Helps Solve Kidnapping / Rape Cases THE CHILD ABUSE UNIT conducts investigations of all serious abuse, neglect, On 11/11/06, as a woman arrived at work, a man smashed and child endangerment and resolves those investigations in a problem-solving her car window, abducted and drove her to a secondary partnership with other agencies, focusing on criminal prosecution and support location, and raped her. He then drove her back to work, of victims. apologized and left in her car. When questioned, the Victim recalled seeing the suspect before the attack, riding a small bicycle and wearing a Raiders’ jacket. The THE ELDER ABUSE UNIT investigates reports of elder abuse and reduces jacket was later found near the Victim’s abandoned car. crimes against the elderly through criminal prosecution in cooperation with prosecutors, medical professionals, social service providers, and other law Utilizing the Fresno Police Department Data Base Search enforcement agencies in problem-solving partnerships. The unit also provides Engine (ISYS), Detective Ledbetter searched reports, Field Interrogation cards, trafﬁc citations, etc., looking for key crime prevention education through public presentations on elder abuse. words “White male; bicycle; Raiders.” ISYS identiﬁed several reports. Two included Michael Hood. In one he was THE MISSING PERSONS UNIT receives, documents, and investigates reports of riding a small bicycle and wearing a Raiders jacket. In the missing persons in a thorough, professional and effective manner. It examines second, (24 hours after the kidnapping/rape) he had a issues that cause adults and juveniles to become missing by criminal visible injury to his right hand which, he told the jail nurse, he cut breaking into a car. investigation, if warranted, and referral to appropriate social service agencies as needed. A search warrant was obtained for a blood sample from HOOD. The sample matched the DNA found in the Sexual Finally, THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNIT investigates each case of domestic Assault Kit and HOOD was charged with Kidnapping, violence and deals with each person in a compassionate and professional Rape; Sodomy, and Robbery. Bail: $800,000.00. manner, provides resources, referrals and information to clients, and interacts with other agencies to assist in the process. Fresno Police Department | 2007 43 INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES DIVISION INVESTIGATIONS Bureau CRIMINALFinancial Crimes Unit and Court Liaison/Prosecutor Liaison Units. is comprised of the THE FINANCIAL CRIMES UNIT investigates cases involving major ﬁnancial frauds, check frauds, identity thefts, and ﬁnancial scams. In addition, the unit has two members assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Crimes Task Force, which is responsible for investigating cases of cyber crimes such as online fraud, child pornography and cyber stalking. In addition, the unit has a detective assigned to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department warrant and extradition unit responsible for all of the warrants issued on behalf of the Fresno Police Department as well as extradition of suspects wanted in Fresno Police Department cases. THE COURT LIAISON/PROSECUTOR LIAISON UNIT is responsible for all misdemeanor and felony ﬁlings with the District Attorney’s Ofﬁce as well as coordinating the appearance of all Fresno Police personnel in criminal and civil cases. Approximately 4,200 cases came into the Financial Crimes Unit last year and each one takes from 20 to 100 or more hours to investigate. In response to this increase in identity theft and fraud within our community, the Fresno Police Department added three detectives and two civilian advocates to the Financial Crimes Unit in 2007. The nine detectives will focus on repeat offenders, and those who perpetrate large scale schemes that victimize groups of people. They will also continue to work close- ly with the District Attorney’s Identity Theft Unit to enhance prosecution. Advocates will work with the victims, helping them navigate both the legal and ﬁnancial system, and provid- ing resources to deal with recovery from identity theft, check fraud, and other ﬁnancial crimes. Advocates will also assist detectives with gathering the information they need from the victims to enhance prosecution, and will help educate the public on how to better protect themselves. 44 2007 | Annual Report Deputy Chief Pat Farmer Special Operations Division Commander Fresno Police Department | 2007 45 SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION The Special Operations Division is the most diverse of the Department’s six divisions. It includes Communications, Training, Trafﬁc, Skywatch, Homeland Security, the Mounted Patrol, K-9s, Community Services, Volunteers, Reserves, Property and Evidence, Airport policing, and the Tactical Units - SWAT, EOD (Explosives Ordinance Disposal), and the Crisis Negotiation Team. The mission of the Special Operations Division is to reduce crime and decrease the number of trafﬁc collisions occurring within the City of Fresno. This is accomplished by utilizing the 403 members within the Division and the 52 ofﬁcers assigned to the tactical teams. The focus of the Division will continue to be on gangs, drugs, parole violators and trafﬁc safety. The goals of the Division are to: reduce crime and fear in the community through partnerships and problem solving, respond to emergency calls for service in a timely manner, reduce trafﬁc collisions through location speciﬁc trafﬁc enforcement and education, inﬂuence the design and engineering of roadways, investigate and solve crimes quickly, apprehend those responsible and ensure successful prosecution. One of our most important goals is to maintain the community’s trust with the Fresno Police Department. 46 2007 | Annual Report Call Diversion Statistics 2006 2007 COMMUNICATIONS Bureau Total Events Handled 29,192 27,059 Total Reports Completed 17,258 15,380 The Communications Bureau consists of three vital units that impact the * Non-emergency Calls Received 116,282 8,302 overall mission and goals of the Fresno Police Department. THE Non-emergency Calls Handled 111,554 8,013 COMMUNICATION CENTER handles all emergency and non-emergency Total Outgoing Calls 46,491 39,930 calls for service from the public and dispatches for several outside public safety agencies. THE CALL DIVERSION UNIT handles non-emergency Online Reports submitted by Victims 2006 2007 calls and telephonic reports during speciﬁed hours and THE DUTY Received 4,834 3,617 OFFICE is responsible for over two dozen critical tasks that assist with the Approved 4,242 3,200 maintenance of efﬁcient operations throughout the Department on a 24- Estimated Time Savings (in hours) 8484 6,400 hour basis. Estimated Expense Savings $ 178,164 $134,400 Communication Center Statistics 2006 2007 911 Calls Forced Answer – New Feature Saves Time Received 245,420 282,017 ** Answered 202,330 255,168 Average Answer Delay (seconds) 12 3 As a part of the major renovation of the Non-emergency Calls * Received 361,275 495,583 Communications Center, new DATA 911 software ** Answered 335,067 484,925 Average Answer Delay (seconds) 21 6 911 & Non-emergency Call Total 606,695 777,601 was installed. A feature of this software allows for Dispatched Calls 2006 2007 quicker answer times by minimizing inherent delays Calls For Service 397,557 414,631 Average Daily Calls For Service 1,089 1,136 Original Incident Reports Written 117,567 110,619 from the time a 911 call-taker sees a call coming in * During the (eight month) major renovation of the Communications Center, all non- emergency calls went directly to the temporary ComCen instead of being routed through the Call Diversion Unit. until they actually press the answer button. In the ** Not all calls received are answered before the calling party disconnects. Forced (auto-answer) environment, an incoming Response Time Analysis Priority 0 Calls 2000-2007 call is automatically handed to the next available 12.00 911 call-taker. The call-taker receives an alert tone 11.00 10.00 to notify them that they have received a call, and 9.00 they are immediately connected to the caller. There 8.00 7.00 is no need to “answer” the call; it is automatically 6.00 connected saving valuable seconds in possibly life 5.00 Year 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 Minutes 10.67 9.60 9.18 8.82 8.41 7.09 6.64 6.69 threatening situations. Fresno Police Department | 2007 47 SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION TRAFFIC Bureau Our efforts will continue in 2008 as we implement the TRACE SAFETY Since 2002, the Fresno Police (Target Responsibility for Alcohol Department has placed an added emphasis Connected Emergencies) program, on trafﬁc safety in our community. These which will assist the Alcohol safety efforts are funded by the violators themselves and do not impose on law Beverage Control in locating and abiding taxpayers any additional taxes. Citizens now accustomed to strict arresting anyone who supplies trafﬁc enforcement have slowed down. Writing tickets changes driving alcohol to a minor involved in a behavior. Total collisions continue to be on the decline and the need to issue felony crime. citations has decreased. We will also continue our A combination of innovative programs, aggressive enforcement and creative successful courtroom sting management has contributed to the improved quality of life for our commu- operation, bar watch operations, nity. We also want the public to be educated regarding why trafﬁc safety is and DUI checkpoints. important. To that end, in 2007, we began handing out trafﬁc brochures that explain the reasons behind trafﬁc enforcement policies. Our ultimate goal is to have fewer families lose a loved one In 2007, compared to 2002, all reported collisions were and further increase trafﬁc safety down 25.9%, injury collisions were down 30.9%, fatal in our community. collisions were down 48% and injury DUI collisions were down 8.6%. There were 32 DUI checkpoints in 2003 and 77 in 2007, the most ever for the Department. There were also 24 DUI saturation patrols and 16 bar watches conducted. Since 2002, 78 fewer families did not have to bury a loved one who was killed in a fatal trafﬁc collision. AWARDS The Department has received ﬁve consecutive ﬁrst place ﬁnishes in California IACP (International Chiefs of Police) competition in the 500 to 1000 ofﬁcer category, and two ﬁrst places in the IACP national ﬁnishes. The Depart- ment won the 2007 National IACP award for its DUI program. The Fresno Police Department was the only law enforcement agency recognized in 2007, for its DUI efforts, by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association’s highest award, the Peter K. O’Rourke Award. NATIONAL ATTENTION Department members are continually invited to speak at national trafﬁc safety conferences as our trafﬁc bureau model is being emulated by police agencies nationwide. Court TV shadowed our trafﬁc ofﬁcers at work and ﬁlmed them, resulting in a half hour television show, titled “Driving Under the Inﬂuence.” The show was Captain Greg Garner aired across the country and displayed the outstanding DUI enforcement Trafﬁc Bureau Commander efforts of the Fresno Police Department. 48 2007 | Annual Report AIR SUPPORTUnit After starting in 1996 with three piston driven helicopters, the Air Support Unit now utilizes two American Eurocopter EC 120 turbine helicopters and a Cessna 206 ﬁxed wing airplane. The Unit has logged over 4,700 accident free ﬂight hours in the new turbine powered helicopters and a total of 16,370 accident free helicopter ﬂight hours since 1996. Both helicopters are equipped with the latest equipment, such as: FLIR (Forward Looking Infra Red) a combined aircraft mounted video and infra red camera system, a 30 million candle power Night Sun searchlight, Aerocomputer Moving Map (combing topographical maps, aeronautical charts, parcel map, and GPS), and Low Jac receivers. The Cessna was added to the ﬂeet to assist with homeland defense missions. In 2007, the airplane ﬂew a total of 184 missions including Homeland Security, narcotics, and robbery surveillance, as well as transportation ﬂights and , assisting other agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF Parole, CHP and FSO. The Skywatch helicopters continue to play a major role in reducing over all police response times by continuing to post an average response time of 46 seconds for 2007. Also in 2007, the helicopters achieved an all time high (59%) in arriving ﬁrst on scene to calls. SOMETIMES WHEN YOU SHINE A LIGHT… In June, the Aircrew responded to assist CHP who was in pursuit of a vehicle wanted for ADW (Assault with a Deadly Weapon) on an Ofﬁcer. CHP had pursued this vehicle for eight minutes at speeds in excess of 100 MPH. The helicopter arrived and observed the suspect vehicle, which was driving, lights out, at a high rate of speed. They illuminated the vehicle with the Night Sun and the suspect immediately pulled to the side of the road and stopped. All three suspects were arrested without incident. 2007 AIR SUPPORT STATS Total from Year 2006 2007 1996-2007 Incidents 2,399 2,029 34,786 Arrests involved in 249 256 3,493 Flight Hours 1,184 1,059.9 16,450 1st on Scene 57.8% 59% 56.5% Avg. Response Time 40.5 sec 46 sec 47.5 sec Field Units Cancelled 222 220 1,485 Stolen/Recovered Property $187,500 $198,000 $3,067,627 Pursuits 31 31 326 Fresno Police Department | 2007 49 SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION K-9 HIGHLIGHTS 2007 NEW IN THE UNIT In a creative use of resources, the K9 Unit and the Grafﬁti Unit teamed up for the after-hours, “K9 Training Location Program.” The K9 Unit keeps its skills sharp by training throughout the year. Now, the building search training is being done at various business locations throughout Fresno. The added beneﬁt is a reduction in grafﬁti on those buildings due to added police presence. The proceeds from the ﬁrst annual K9 Courage Calendar sales, shared with the Neighborhood Watch Association, were used to outﬁt our dogs with ballistic vests. AWARDS K9 Ofﬁcers competed in four police K9 trials throughout the state resulting in more than 50 trophies. At the Kingsburg trial, Gene Johnson and K9 Sepp took the “Top Dog” award and ﬁve other Fresno P.D. teams made perfect scores in events including obedience and building search. In June, at the American Legion Awards banquet, Ofﬁcer Russ Cornelison was named the FPD K9 Handler of the year. TRAINING To support the Department’s emphasis on addressing gangs, drugs and parolees, the K9 Unit has cross trained two dogs in narcotic detection and is planning to expand the cross-training to the majority of the Unit. Cross- trained handlers attended the California Narcotic Canine Association training in Burbank and learned about recent trends in explosive and narcotic detection. K9 personnel are also excellent trainers. They have trained new academy cadets, police ofﬁcers from State Center College District, the District Crime Suppression Teams (DCST) and the Bulldog tactical units in tactical K9 deployment, handler rescue, building searches, liability, case law, evidence searches, narcotic searches, and felony stops. The K9 unit contin- ues to provide regular training for Fresno County Probation K9s and has POST certiﬁed allied agencies K9s such as the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. MISCELLANEOUS The Unit assisted Secret Service and the CHP by conducting sweeps for possible explosives during visits by the governor, president, and other dignitaries. In 2007, Saxon, the K9 that survived being shot on duty, passed away. A memorial service was held and well attended by police employees and citizens. 50 2007 | Annual Report HOMELAND SECURITY/COMMUNITY SERVICES Bureau was established to prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks in the Central Valley, and to protect our citizens, our critical infrastructure, and key resources. Furthermore, to establish a viable liaison with other allied agencies, not only in our county but throughout our state as well as the nation. The goal is to ultimately adopt fully compatible and complementary processes and practices as part of a full scale national effort. As part of our Homeland Security commitment, we have created a Terrorism Liaison Ofﬁcer (TLO). The TLO is a central intake and dissemination point for street level information on terrorism. The ofﬁcer FPD VOLUNTEER PROGRAM SUMMARY 2007 collects, reports, retrieves and shares terrorism intelligence. The TLO creates, conducts, coordinates and/or facilitates departmental training with regard 2007 to terrorism and terrorist related subjects, as well as HOURS OF VALUE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER OF SERVICE community outreach. PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS SERVICE $18.77 hr.1 Community Services includes the Citizens on Patrol Citizens on Patrol (COP) 70 19,837 372,340 Average 275 hours per month in 2007 (COP), civilian volunteers who assist ofﬁcers in the performance of their administrative and non- Reserve Ofﬁcers 42 11,849 222,406 emergency duties in a street level environment. In 24 hours per month minimum; 30 hours average 2007, the 70 COP volunteers donated more than Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) 15 1,056 19,821 19,000 hours of service. The Reserve Unit volunteers Hours of service varies by individual are required to meet a minimum twenty-four hour per month commitment. Their mission is to support Police Chaplaincy 15 8,640 162,173 the Police Department through active involvement in 48 hour per month minimum (Two 24-hour shifts) patrol and by maintaining readiness to serve in times Police Activities League (PAL) 416 24,259 455,341 of crisis. In 2007, the members of the Unit contrib- All programs; including Mentor/Buddies uted 17,582 hours to the Department’s mission. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Community Emergency Response 14 1,712 31,134 Team (CERT) Instructors program trains people to be better prepared to 521 CERT graduates as 12-07 respond to an emergency situation. CERT training is a 20 hour curriculum developed by the Los Angeles CERT and Medical Reserve Corps 266 1,945 36,507 Fire Department, FEMA, and DHS, and is designed 539 also participated in 1,770 hours of training to provide individuals with basic emergency response AmeriCorps “Fresno Safe and 25 13,461 252,663 skills, particularly those that would be a value in the Proud Neighborhoods” (FSPN) initial hours or days after a disaster when ﬁrst 1,700 hours/year per full-time member required2 responder resources may be overwhelmed. The TOTALS 863 82,759 1,552,385 Special Projects Unit administers awards and 39 FTEs recognition to Department members from within the 2,120 hours per FTE Department as well as from outside entities. It is also responsible for the Citizens’ Police Academy, a 16- 1 2 Hourly value of volunteer service established by the Independent Sector; amount last recalculated in 2006. Two program years overlap calendar 2007; totals are actual hours for all FSPN volunteers who served in 2007. week commitment that has graduated more than 1,100 community minded individuals. Many of the graduates have gone on to become Citizens on Patrol. The Hispanic Residents’ Academy, taught primarily in Spanish, has graduated 282 individuals who want to better understand their Police Department. Fresno Police Department | 2007 51 SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION TRAINING Bureau seeks to enhance the professionalism and effectiveness of the Fresno Police Department’s service to the community. In 2007, the Training Bureau provided 55,000 hours of tactical and mandated training to Department members. Training includes: new ofﬁcer orientation, advanced ofﬁcer training, and tactical training to our patrol ofﬁcers, District Crime Suppression Teams (DCST), Multi Agency Gang Enforcement Consor- tium (MAGEC), the Bulldog Tactical Team, and the Major Narcotics Unit. The Training Bureau achieved 100% compliance with all State and Federally mandated training, and is responsible for the coordination and training of all new ofﬁcers through the Police Training Ofﬁcer (PTO) Program. 52 2007 | Annual Report EOD – Explosive to meet theDisposal Unit was created in 1974 Ordnance needs of a growing city. From hand made tools and sheer perseverance, a modern accredited squad with state of the art equipment has emerged. In 1999, the Unit was reorganized, expanding from two to six technicians and an explosives bunker, with bank-like security, was constructed. In 2001, responding to the tragedy of September 11th, the Unit went full time as the FPD’s ﬁrst Anti- Terrorism Unit. Approximately one year later, after developing a dedicated Homeland Security Unit, the members of the EOD Unit returned to their primary duties, remaining on-call to handle a myriad of hazardous devices. Recent advancements include a technologically advanced robot, increased detection and disruption capabilities, and a state of the art total containment vessel. The unit has taken on roles never envisioned, with the threat of biological, chemical and radiological improvised devices in our future. Homi- cide bombers, large vehicle borne bombs, international airport safety, target hardening, dignitary protection, and hazardous materials are just some of the disciplines that require the technicians to train constantly and remain ever vigilant. We also hold educational classes for corporations, government installations, schools, and law enforcement personnel. EOD Call outs: 2005 - 44 2006 - 51 2007 - 50 Fresno Police Department | 2007 53 SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION SWAT-Special Weapons And Tactics SWAT never stops training. The Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team is made up of ofﬁcers that are speciﬁcally trained and equipped to work as a coordinated team to respond to critical incidents including but not limited to, hostage taking, barricaded suspects, snipers, terrorist acts and other high- risk incidents. SWAT may be used to serve high-risk warrants, where public and ofﬁcer safety issues compel the use of such a unit. Other SWAT team duties can include personal protection (dignitaries or persons in danger) and special assignments by the Chief of Police. SWAT has 26 tactical team members and eight command van support crew ofﬁcers. Ofﬁcers serve on the SWAT team in addition to their regularly assigned duties. In 2007, SWAT was deployed 17 times, including high risk warrant service. 54 2007 | Annual Report PHOTO CREDITS Jasen Master pages 14, 23 Daryl Barksdale pages 16, 25, 27 Greg McAllister page 35 Mickey Burrow – Cover, pages 5, 41 Tom Milne page 49 Lee Cates pages 21, 26, 32, 42, 47, 51 Dennis Montejano pages 15, 18, 22, 24, 26, 27, Steve Collins pages 6, 48, 50, 56, back cover 28, 30, 33, 36, 42, 44, 45, 47 Jennifer Doerrie page 46 Pat Pack pages 13, 54 Michael Gebhart page 40 Richard Pack page 24 Pat Gosland page 49 Jonathan Rollins pages 11, 12, 24, 25, 26, 29, 37, Ron Grimm pages 52, 53 38, 39, 40, 41, 49 Gil Hernandez pages 10, 17, 19, 20, 27, 31 Gary Stewart pages 28, 29 Ryan Loscano – cover graphic Fresno PD pages 13, 18, 19, 25, 31, 33, 40 The Fresno Police Department wishes to extend its appreciation to the Fresno Camera Club whose members took many of the photographs in this report and to Steve Collins for his high impact imagery. Fresno Police Department | 2007 55 The Fresno Police Department encourages you to use the City of Fresno’s website at www.fresno.gov/police ONLINE REPORTING OF CRIME If a resident of Fresno is the victim of a property crime with no evidence or known suspect, and it meets certain other criteria listed, they can sub- mit their own police report. Once the report is submitted, it is reviewed by an ofﬁcer. If it meets the stated criteria and doesn’t need additional in- formation, it is approved (usually within two days) and a pdf copy of the report is e-mailed to the reporting person. It is an ideal way to report lost cell phones, minor thefts, or vandalism. We hope to expand the program in the future to take a wider variety of information. MISSING PERSONS The Missing Persons Unit, which receives more than 4,000 reports per year, posts pictures (with names, descriptions and circumstances) of some of those people on their webpage. The goal is to solicit help from a valuable investigative resource, the Fresno community. There is a hotline number for any information. INTERNAL AFFAIRS To make it convenient and less intimidating for a citizen to report per- ceived misconduct of a Fresno Police Department employee, the Internal Affairs Unit offers a citizen complaint form online. (Available in English, Spanish, and Hmong) RESOURCES There is a list of Victim’s/Witness resource information sources. There are Crime Prevention tips and information. There is a form to report grafﬁti for removal. There is a page with tips and phone numbers to call for vari- ous neighborhood problems such as drug dealing, barking dogs, and abandoned vehicles. There is even a page especially for kids. Check back frequently for updates and new items. 56 2007 | Annual Report For more information contact the Foundation at 559-579-1225 P.O. Box 1289, Fresno, CA 93715 Fresno Police Department | 2007 57 When trust matters. 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