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August events designed to make Anaheim safer

The Anaheim Police Department offers residents a number of ways to get involved in the fight against crime.

2013-08-06 AFD Nat Nite Out 161-MThis month, the department hosted and participated in a number of events designed to foster partnerships and keep the community safe, beginning Aug. 6 at the annual National Night Out against crime.

The event included the whiz-bang aspects of policing with crowd-pleasing demonstrations by the K-9, SWAT and Angel helicopter units.

It also featured outstanding examples of the nuts-and-bolts of community policing: officers interacting with citizens and sharing ways they can get involved such as the PACE citizen’s academy, Jr. Cadets and Neighborhood Watch.

Hundreds of residents packed Eucalyptus Park to learn more about police work – and to express support for the men and women who keep Anaheim safe.

“My kids always see police officers in uniforms, so this event is a nice way for them to develop relationships with officers,” said residents Margaret Lloyd.

Two days later, on Aug. 8, several police leaders attended a graduation ceremony for 32 students of the Project Access Hermosa Village Center.

The six-week program taught children about conflict resolution, interpersonal skills and the pitfalls of bullying.

“I make it a point to stress family at these events because that’s where it all starts,” said Interim Police Chief Raul Quezada, who spoke at the graduation. “A strong family at home goes a long way in making our jobs easier.”

Finally, the police department’s inaugural gun “buy back” is scheduled for Aug. 24 at La Palma Park.

The idea: fewer guns on the streets makes Anaheim safer for police and citizens. So far this year, there have been four gun-related gang killings and 13 gun-related assaults.

“Too frequently, people fall victim to gun violence,” says Sgt. Bob Dunn. “Our investigations often reveal the guns used in violent crimes come from burglaries where unsecured guns are the target.”

No identification is required, and no questions will be asked. Just show up on the north side of the park between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with your unloaded gun or rifle. The police will pay $100 for handguns and $200 for rifles. “Our goal is to collect and dispose of unwanted guns, helping to make safer neighborhoods,” Dunn said.

Olympic Hopefuls Find Peace In Boxing Ring

By Kevin C. Rice

Financial and moral support from the Anaheim Police Department has provided coach Art James and Team PunchOut, who represent the Anaheim Boxing Club, with the opportunity to sculpt a group of young, boxing phenoms.

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Jonathan Esquivel and Caitlin Orosco striking a pose

Anaheim Boxing Club is part of the Anaheim Police Department’s Cops 4 Kids program. The boxing program was established to serve

children between the ages of nine and 17 who live or attend school in Anaheim. The goal of the program is to establish positive relationships among youth, police and the community at large.

“This program is great for children in the area,” said coach Art James. “The focus on training and continued support of the Anaheim Police Department and the surrounding community has helped these children grown into respectful young adults, with a bright future in a popular sport.”

Caitlin Orosco, 15, Jonathan Esquivel, 18, have taken to the program with ease. A little natural talent, and years of hard work and training have brought these two Anaheim residents national recognition in the boxing community.

Orosco, the only female in the group of top-notch fighters, has consistently remained a force to be reckoned with. She has already earned a berth to the National Silver Gloves Championships next July, and Orosco will have the opportunity to represent the USA National Junior Olympic Women’s Team in Finland at the end of March, then the Junior Olympic Women’s World Championships in Italy in May.

Esquivel’s potential is just as promising; earning a berth to every national tournament he has entered. Currently, Esquivel is preparing for the USA Nationals, which will be held March 30-April 6. He will be competing in the Elite Male Division of 19-40 year olds under the newly established Olympic rule, which dictates no headgear. Earning a top spot at nationals opens a vast array of possibilities in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Esquivel, was number three nationally ranked Junior Olympic boxer in 2011.  After a brief hiatus to focus on academics, he has come back to claim the Southern California District Championships and Most Outstanding Boxer in the Elite Male Division this year.

The Anaheim Boxing club is always looking for sponsorships, and is planning to have a fundraising fight night in November. If you are interested in making a donation to Cops 4 Kids and their efforts with the Anaheim Boxing Club, please contact Gina Meza at (714) 493-4631.

New ‘My Anaheim App’ Helps Fight Graffiti

A new iPhone application dubbed “My Anaheim App” enables users to request city services, view a calendar of events and even fight graffiti.

Unveiled last week, the app is easy to use.

If you see graffiti, just open the app, hit the “request city service” button and provide a description.

You can even submit requests with a photos.

More more information, click here.

Click on the screen to view a video that highlights it’s capabilities.

Web/Mobile Gurus: Got Ideas for Apps To Make Anaheim Better? Win $5K in Cash and Prizes

The city of Anaheim is looking for ideas for new Web and mobile applications to improve the services it provides the public.Picture 31

“We wanted to figure out how to ensure we get the very best Web-based apps for visitors and residents in our city,” said Mayor Curt Pringle. “As Mayor I have to come up with new ideas all the time. Now it’s your turn. We would like you to submit your ideas to us.”

The city will award $500 prizes in five categories: Water & Power; Parks & Recreation; Public Safety; Tourism/Sports/Entertainment and Anything Anaheim.

Second place winners get a flip video camera; third prize is two tickets to Disneyland. One hundred $10 Starbucks gift cards will also be awarded.

Got an idea? Submit it here.

For more, visit the “Anaheim Apps” Web site here.

Good luck!