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.
ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING EXERCISE / DISASTER DRILLTRAINING
The Barstow Police Department coordinated and conducted a multi-agency active shooter training exercise at the Barstow Station. Prior to conducting the exercise, active shooter training was provided to employees who work inside of the Barstow Station. The organizations that participated in the active shooter exercise were the Barstow Fire Protection District, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Probation Department, State Parole, and Desert Ambulance. The training was conducted to enhance the ability of Barstow area public safety organizations to quickly and effectively resolve an active shooter incident. The training was also provided to enhance the ability of employees who work at the Barstow Station to effectively respond to an active shooter incident.
The Barstow Police Department also participated in a multi-agency disaster drill that involved an airplane crash with multiple casualties. Fort Irwin personnel coordinated the disaster drill and the agencies that also participated in the disaster drill were Fort Irwin Fire & Police Departments, MCLB Fire & Police Departments, Barstow Fire Protection District, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and military personnel from Fort Irwin and MCLB. The training was conducted to enhance all of the agencies abilities to deal with a multi-casualty airplane crash and to enhance all of the agencies abilities to effectively coordinate and work together.
COMMUNITY ISSUE ENFORCEMENT EFFORT
The Barstow Police Department identified a need to effectively address traffic law violators in the City of Barstow. Primarily speeding distracted driving, and pedestrian in the roadway violators. As a result, the Barstow Police Department has been conducting additional speed enforcement details at various locations within the city and jaywalking/pedestrian in the roadway enforcement on Main Street. The Barstow Police Department also participated in the Distracted Driving Campaign and the Click It or Ticket It Campaign. Those campaigns are designed for law enforcement agencies to focus on the enforcement of distracted driving and seatbelt violations.
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 sixteen (16) businesses in the city. Because of the operations, five (5) citations were issued to subjects who purchased alcoholic beverages for underage decoys.
A Minor Decoy Operation was also conducted to determine if store employees would sell minors alcoholic beverages. The operation was conducted at eighteen (18) businesses within the city and three (3) of the businesses were issued citations for selling alcoholic beverages to the minor decoys.
The Barstow Police Department conducted Alcohol Beverage Control Impact Inspections at twenty-two (22) alcoholic beverage outlets to determine if the businesses complied with ABC standards. Because of the inspections, 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 build the trust between law enforcement and the community:
• Citizens on Patrol Academy
• Public Safety Day
• Police Activities League Scholarship Awards
• New Mexico Chili Cook-off
• National Day of Prayer