SAPD Chief Paul Walters said in an email that there will be two separate incidents involving the SAPD, in episode 6 of America’s Most Wanted. Continue reading
The Santa Ana Police Department’s (SAPD) Public Information Officer, Anthony Bertagna, and Santa Ana Chief of Police Paul Walters both confirmed today, via email, that the SAPD is not going to be conducting any DUI checkpoints this weekend.
Now that doesn’t mean that our residents and out of town visitors should get drunk and drive on New Year’s Eve, but it does mean that our residents who don’t have documents can feel free to drive without having to worry about their cars being impounded.
If you do get wasted this New Year’s Eve there is good news. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is providing free bus rides between 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 and 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. Continue reading
SANTA ANA POLICE TO STEP UP DUI ENFORCEMENT
The Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, November 26th, 2011. It will begin at 7:30 PM and is scheduled to conclude at 1:30AM. It will be conducted in the area of 2100 S. Main Street. Continue reading
The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) is launching an intensive crackdown on impaired driving, according to their Citizen Observer website.
While the SAPD’s DUI checkpoints really don’t work, the good news is that they will also be employing “Saturation Patrols,” which do work. But the bad news is that they have also announced their intention to conduct “driver’s license checks,” which is code for taking cars away from poor, hardworking undocumented immigrants.
Here are a the details about the SAPD crackdown:
The Santa Ana Police Department will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19–September 5, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department Case Alert
Gang Detectives Arrest 5 Individuals for Homicide
On Friday, 5/6/11, at about 2249 hours officers were dispatched to 900 W. Highland St. regarding an assault in-progress. Responding officers located an adult male victim with severe blunt-object injuries and stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The incident appeared to be gang related and the motive was gang rivalry.
On 5/8/11, medical staff notified SAPD that the victim had suffered irreversible cessation of brain stem activity as a result of his injuries and the incident was considered a homicide.
On 5/9/11, SAPD Gang Homicide Unit Detectives and Patrol Officers arrested five suspects involved in the incident and booked them on murder and additional gang related charges.
On 5/13/11, at about 0600 hours the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Victim: Abin Humberto Delgado, age 20, of Santa Ana.
Suspects/Arrested and Charged:
1. Juvenile (17)
2. Juvenile (17)
3. Juvenile (17)
4. Najera, Johnny (18)
5. Solorzano, Fernando (18)
All suspects are Santa Ana residents. All juveniles were charged as adults. The investigation is on-going and photographs of the suspects are not available.
The Santa Ana Police Department is offering monetary rewards for information leading to the arrest of gang homicide or felony gang assault suspects. If you have information about any gang homicide or felony gang assault suspects, please call (714) 245-8648.
Contact Name: Gang Investigations
Contact Phone: 714-245-8648
SANTA ANA POLICE DEPARTMENT
NEWS RELEASE: Date: 05/12/11
Contact: Cpl Anthony Bertagna, Office (714) 245-8029, Cell (714) 709-2043
The United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California honors Santa Ana Police Department Detectives at their Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony
Santa Ana Police Department Career Criminal Unit Detectives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, recognized for integrity, commitment and outstanding service.
Summary of Investigation and Prosecution:
The Bishop Manor Condominium Complex (an area housing over 1,300 residents) was a long troubled community in the City of Santa Ana that required a disproportionate level of police and city services. Of particular problems in the area were gang activity and narcotics trafficking by the Minnie Street Lopers Street Gang. In 2008, the Santa Ana Gang Task Force, comprised of Santa Ana Police Department Career Criminal Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, targeted this area to eliminate these problems within the Bishop Manor Complex.
As a result of the investigation which utilized Title III intercepts, confidential informant buys and undercover agent buys, the US Attorney’s Office in October 2008 charged 22 defendants in six separate indictments with narcotics trafficking and firearms violations. The defendants received significant sentences, many more than ten years, with one defendant receiving a 20-year sentence due to his extensive criminal history. Only two defendants remain and are set for trial in September 2011.
In addition, the investigation is credited with resolving two outstanding murders in the Bishop Manor Complex and with the significant decrease in crime in the area. The partnering of local and federal law enforcement made a dramatic difference in this area of Orange County and it is due directly to the work of the 12 agents.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 21, 2011
CONTACT: JENN STARNES, 949-724-6574
The Great Park Presents “Community Safety Expo”
Event offers fun, free activities and safety tips for the whole family
IRVINE – Orange County’s finest public safety officers will be joined by Smokey Bear, Urban Search and Rescue dogs, and advanced fire and police vehicles at the Great Park on March 26 as part of the Park’s first Community Safety Expo. This free event will have safety demonstrations and activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show you how to protect yourself, your family and your neighborhood.
“The Community Safety Expo offers the opportunity for Park visitors to learn from experts how to keep themselves and their families safe,” said Beth Krom, Chair of the Orange County Great Park Corporation. “We are proud to partner with the Orange County Fire Authority and the Irvine Police Department to provide this important information in an interactive and fun way.”
Kids are invited to bring their bikes to the Park to participate in a bicycle obstacle course and receive a free bike inspection. Parents can learn how to keep their kids safe from predators on the internet and see a live cooking fire safety demonstration. The event will conclude with demonstrations by the Irvine Police Department K-9 Unit and the Orange County Fire Authority Urban Search and Rescue Dog Team.
Kids can meet police officers and fire fighters, and see real emergency vehicles up close. Visitors will also be able to meet the K9 officers, and gourmet food trucks will be available throughout the event. A full schedule of events is available online at www.ocgp.org. The Orange County Great Park is located off the 5 or 405 freeways at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine.
About the Great Park
The Orange County Great Park, with its 1,347-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. The Great Park is currently 27.5 acres and includes an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. A $70 million development plan to expand the Park to more than 200 acres is currently underway. The plan will build out a core section of the Park for the most immediate and wide-ranging public benefit, including the initial components of the sports park, a 114-acre agricultural area, and an art and culture exhibition space. For more information, please go to www.ocgp.org
District Safety Officers Sign Up for Bike Patrol Program
SANTA ANA, CA — February 10, 2011 – Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) has announced a launch of its bike patrol program for district safety officers (DSOs). Beginning this month 11 trained and certified DSOs will begin using bicycles as an additional method of conducting their daily patrols and crime prevention coverage throughout the school district.
Providing an alternative deployment resource and augmentation to existing security methods sparked this program’s creation. “The motivation for this program was, in part, a desire to provide our district safety officers with a safe method of patrolling our school campuses to augment the current methods of foot and golf cart patrols, while at the same time promoting increased physical fitness and a healthier work force,” said School Police Chief David Valentin. “It’s a voluntary program that we hope to expand throughout the DSO ranks,” Chief Valentin said.
After researching various programs, the Santa Ana School Police Department decided on this industry best practice approach. The initial DSO participants, who voluntarily signed up, completed a comprehensive training course conducted by School Police Officer Jaime Randall under the supervision of School Police Sergeant Kevin Phillips. Officer Randall has extensive credentials in bicycle riding and is a POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certified instructor.
“The increase in mobility that bike patrolling provides will reduce incident response times as well as provide the police department with increased ‘eyes and ears’ capabilities on and around school district campuses. This will enable the school police to leverage our abilities to more effectively meet the school district’s safety and security needs,” said Sergeant Phillips. “It’s a benefit for the schools, students, staff and community.”
To learn more about SAUSD’s School Police Department, log on to http://www.sausd.us/.
The Santa Ana Police Department has contracted with a company to make our traffic collision reports available online. All traffic collision reports taken after August 1, 2010 will be available online. Go to www.policereports.us to retrieve and print a copy of the report. The cost of this service is $23.
Additional Police Services available via the internet:
- Review Santa Ana Crime Statistics: www.crimemapping.com
- Community Oriented Policing Resources: www.cop-talk.org
- To view your red light violation video: www.photonotice.com
Well, Santa Ana was supposed to be the site of the Ninth Annual Grrl Fair today, but according to the OC Weekly, the event was canceled when the event promoter got word from the City of Santa Ana that they would be shut down for lack of a permit.
This event was supposed to feature live music, art, a skate jam and more.
Why did it take so long for the City of Santa Ana to reach out to the promoter? I know that this blog is read regularly at City Hall. We wrote about this event back on February 24. What gives? Continue reading
Anaheim Deputy Chief of Police Craig Hunter
There are three candidates running for Orange County Sheriff. One of them is the appointed incumbent, Sandra Hutchens. The others are Bill Hunt, a former Orange County Deputy Sheriff, and Craig Hunter, the Deputy Chief of the Anaheim Police Department.
Hunt ran against former O.C. Sheriff Mike Carona, who resigned as Sheriff after he was indicted last year. Carona fired Hunt after the election, allegedly for badmouthing the Sheriff’s Department. Hunt was the Chief of Police in the City of San Clemente, which contracts their police services from the O.C. Sheriff’s Department. While most political speech is protected, Hunt lost his job because his comments were bad form for someone in his position, according to department insiders.
Hunter is not well known outside of Anaheim, but he is very well known in the law enforcement community. Hunter was also one of several candidates who applied to replace Carona. He came in fourth in that selection process.
Hunter was born and raised in the City of Santa Ana. He graduated from Santa Ana High School and just this past December he was inducted into the Santa Ana College Hall of Fame, according to the Santa Ana College’s website. He also earned a Masters in Criminal Justice, at Chapman University. Continue reading
“Police in Orange County’s largest city, Santa Ana, want to use cell phones to alert people in the community who register as having interests in specific areas as part of its new Citizens Alert Network. It’s a two-way texting plan to alert people about crime trends, descriptions of suspects, missing persons advisories, crime prevention tips, as well as information about current fraud schemes and scams,” according to NBC News, Los Angeles.