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Anaheim’s Crime Rate Continues to Drop

Violent and property crime rates continued to free fall in Anaheim, according to a report released this week by the California Department of Justice.

Anahiem’s overall crime rate dipped by nearly 10 percent, the report said. The biggest decrease? Vehicle burglaries dropped more than 17 percent.

“This is good news and more evidence of how real partnerships between the police department and the community are paying off,” said Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez. “It takes a village to keep a community safe, and we’re pleased that the effort in Anaheim is paying off. Of course we must continue to look out for one another.”

To read the DOJ’s report, click here.

To read an Orange County Register story about the countywide crime picture, click here.

Anaheim PD’s Service-Oriented Approach a Model for Police Agencies, Federal Report Says

The Department of Justice recently released a report that describes the Anaheim Police Department as a model for community and government collaboration.Picture 6

“Anaheim has become a facilitator of community dialog by connecting residents and other community stakeholders, including schools, businesses, and faith-based and nonprofit organizations,” says the DOJ’s “Advancing Community Policing Through Community Governance: A Framework Document.”

The report, authored by DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing, describes the emerging trend of top government officials relying on the community and others to assist with problem solving. The results include a more transparent government that stresses accountability and responsiveness, the report says.

APD is featured as an “example from the field” in the 66-page report. Read the case study on pages 32-36.

“Community governance breaks down organizational and communal barriers by enlisting everyone to work together in solving problems in neighborhoods,” said Capt. Joe Reiss, who heads the Special Operations division.