“Two decades ago, Orange County’s largest city was mired in gang violence. Nearly 90 people were killed during its bloodiest year. The crime rate climbed to 76 per 1,000 residents, ” according to Cal Chiefs News. What is the rest of the story? “In 2011, only 12 people were killed. The overall violent crime rate plummeted below 25 per 1,000 residents. In December, Forbes magazine crowned Santa Ana as America’s fourth safest big city.”
Walters has done such a great job as our Chief of Police that he is on the cover of the latest issue of “Behind the Badge.” Walters credits “experience, relationships, a great team, and consistency” for his department’s success.
Walters has also done a great job as Santa Ana’s interim City Manager. In fact even Voice of OC reporter Adam Elmahrek, who has been critical of the Santa Ana City Council, has had to admit that Walters has pulled the city “back from the brink.” Here are a few excerpts from Elmahrek’s latest article: Continue reading