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APD Joins Effort To Create Memorable Christmas for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Deputy Chief Craig Hunter greets children at Saturday's event


More than 500 children of incarcerated parents gathered at the Phoenix Club Saturday for a parade, carnival games, a visit from Santa and tons of new toys.

Organized by former Anaheim Police Officer Jerry O’Keefe and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the annual holiday event aims to ensure children whose parents are in jail or prison have a memorable Christmas.

Officer Dave Garcia chats with a child about life as a police officer

Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter, several uniformed APD officers, City Councilwoman Lucille Kring and hundreds of volunteers from dozens of charitable organizations were on hand to make the event special.

“Look at how many caring people came together to create a special day for these children, who are enduring the holidays while separated from their parents,” Hunter said. “It’s this kind of community spirit that makes Anaheim – and Orange County – such a remarkable and safe place to live.”

Chief Welter Shares New Year’s Resolutions With OC Metro

OC Metro magazine asked five business leaders, including Anaheim Police Chief John Welter, to share their professional goals for 2010.

Chief Welter

The feature, headlined “New Year’s Resolutions That Really Matter,” was published in the magazine’s December edition.

Welter offered three resolutions.

“1) Help community members partner in solving neighborhood problems: Many problems police respond to cannot be solved by the police. Problems are frequently environmental or location issues. Problem-Oriented Policing involves analyzing problems and developing responses that address why crime occurs, not just who did it. Residents and business owners need to remove the opportunities for crime to occur.

“2) Keep Anaheim police productive and effective: Reduced budgets mean fewer police officers. We have the responsibility to keep millions of residents and visitors safe. The financial success of Anaheim depends on safety, whether one lives, works or just visits our beautiful city.

“3) Provide effective, healthy choices for youth: We have been successful with our Cops 4 Kids program (C4K) and our Gang Reduction and Intervention Project (GRIP). Both focus on young people before they join a gang or engage in other destructive behaviors.”

To read the resolutions of the other business leaders, click here.

Anaheim PD Wishes You a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the Anaheim Police Department.

If you’re on the road, please drive safely. And, if you plan to consume alcoholic beverages, please identify a designated driver.

Thank you – and enjoy the holiday.