Hello, this is Police Chief Albert Ramirez. As you know, the men and women of the Barstow Police Department are committed to enhancing the quality of life in our community. I believe in honesty, integrity and compassion when building a partnership with the community to actively achieve positive impacts in the prevention of crime and to safeguard the citizens and guests of our community.
I would like to take a moment to share with you some of our activities over this past quarter.
During this reporting period, the Barstow Police Department responded to and handled 8,797 calls for service, and made 647 arrests.
The Barstow Police Department applied for and obtained a Board of State and Community Corrections grant that provides funding to support a part-time Gang & Violence Team. The team was created to reduce violent crime within the city and to reduce crimes associated with gangs. During this reporting period, the team made 27 arrests, authored three (3) search warrants, and recovered two (2) firearms. The team also seized 3,432 marijuana plants that were being illegally cultivated in the city.
COMMUNITY ISSUE ENFORCEMENT EFFORT
The Barstow Police Department identified the need to address traffic law violators in areas around school zones during school hours, primarily speeding and parking violations. As a result, the Barstow Police Department has been conducting additional speed enforcement details and directed patrols at various schools within the city. In dealing with parking issues around school zones, officers have been educating drivers on parking laws, and afterward, began parking enforcement details in those areas.
In an effort to reduce overall crime in the city, the Barstow Police Department conducted a probation and parole compliance operation. Because of the operation, the Barstow Police Department searched 54 probationer and parolees homes and arrested 26 subjects.
ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROL ENFORCEMENT
The Barstow Police Department has coordinated and worked with staff from the California Alcohol & Beverage Control to develop an effective, comprehensive and strategic approach to eliminating the crime and public nuisance problems associated with problem alcoholic beverage outlets. Based on this, the Barstow Police Department conducted two (2) Shoulder Tap Operations at thirteen (13) businesses in the city. Because of the operations, three (3) citations were issued to subjects who purchased alcoholic beverages for underage decoys.
The Barstow Police Department also conducted Alcohol Beverage Control Impact Inspections at twenty-two (22) alcoholic beverage outlets to determine if the businesses complied with ABC standards. All businesses were in compliance.
The Barstow Police Department participated in the below listed community events in an effort to build a stronger/closer relationship with the citizens of Barstow and to increase the trust between law enforcement and the community:
• Coffee with a Cop
• Neighborhood Watch Meetings
• National Night Out
• Barstow Police Department Explorer Academy
• Family Fun Day at Foglesong Park
• Community Resource Fair
• Christmas in July at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital
• Marine Corps Ball
• Barstow’s 4th of July Celebration