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FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT

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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.
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     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
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                                                                                                 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
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                                                        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


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15,000

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10,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         500

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  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
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                            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.
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                            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.
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                      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.
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                                                              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.
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                             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.
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                                             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.
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                                        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.
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                                                                                             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.
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                                        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.
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                                       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.
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                        PATROL
                       DIVISION
FRESNO CITY
POLICING DISTRICTS
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                            Deputy Chief Keith Foster
                            Support Division Commander
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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.
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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.
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                                                                                   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.
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                            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.
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                                                                                    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.
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                            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.
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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.
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                                                             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.
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                                  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.
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                                                                         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.
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                              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.
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                                                             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.
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     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.
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  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.
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                                                                                      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.
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                                           P.O. Box 1289, Fresno, CA 93715
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